The 'Verschwende Deine Jugend (Waste your youth)' exhibition deals with the subject of portraits. It includes 14 positions taken up by artists who have followed very different career paths within the art market.
The subject of portraits can be interpreted freely, and the word itself acts merely as a guideline for the content of the individual works.
It is quite natural that an object artist like Jonathan Monk will approach this topic differently than painters such as Norbert Bisky or Moritz Schleime will.
In his piece, Clemens Krauss shows one of his grandmother's chairs that is covered with a reproduction of his own skin. This work is a very clear, stringent interpretation of the exhibition theme, while at the same time expressing the infinite possibilities opened up by this subject.
The piece deals with the artist's perception of himself or herself as a person and an
artist, in the same way that every painting or work can also be interpreted as a self-portrait. In many regards, our exhibition contains points of reference to the current debate about the ownership of works of art and thus also about the current personal status of artists in general.