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Exhibition Detail
The Journey to St. Petersburg - Benefit Exhibition for Pussy Riot
Fasanenstraße 37
10719 Berlin
Germany


November 9th, 2012 - December 22nd, 2012
Opening: 
November 9th, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
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In China, the artist Ai Weiwei is harassed, in Russia there are others – such as the women of the punk rock band Pussy Riot.

The legal proceedings against and ultimate condemnation of Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova resulted in a two-year prison camp sentence for the young artists on August 17, 2012. This process was a revealing farce and an act of despotism, a demonstration of authoritarian power, which could hardly be surpassed in obscenity.

The fact that the penalty for Yekaterina Samutsevich was suspended on October 10th to probation, takes nothing away from this political show trial of scandalous disregard for any rule of law and does not change the situation for Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who are now in prison camps known to be particulary severe. 

The freedom of artistic expression, as irritating as it can be, is the foundation for the work of a gallerist too. If this freedom is under threat, the work of a gallerist in mediating and promoting artistic agency is threatened to the same extent.

This is why we have decided – also to keep this important subject on the agenda – to postpone our planned mid-October to mid-December 2012 exhibition and instead organize a Benefit Exhibition in support of Pussy Riot.

With more than 70 works from eleven artists partially presented in Petersburg hanging – Abetz & Drescher, Wiebke Bartsch, Selket Chlupka, Claus Feldmann, Yago Hortal, Wolfgang Neumann, Tim Plamper, Fernando M. Romero, Snapple and Franziska Strauss – ‘The Journey to St. Petersburg’ is by far the largest exhibition we have ever shown.

It is also by no accident that we have scheduled the opening of the exhibition on a date charged with political symbolism:

We cordially invite you and your friends to the Opening on Friday November 9th 2012, 7 – 9pm.


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