Punishment I

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Punishment #3 , 2011 Inkjet Print © Coutresy of the artist & alexander levy
Punishment I

Rudi-Dutschke-Strasse 26
Berlin 10969
January 28th, 2012 - March 24th, 2012
Opening: January 27th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

+49 (0)30 / 25 29 22 21
Tue - Sat 11 - 18 h and by appointment
film, photography


In January 2012 the alexander levy gallery, formerly LEVY BERLIN, will
open under a new name after extensive renovations. Launched in
September 2009 as a branch of the Hamburg gallery, the program has
mainly focused on the promotion of young and experimental art. After two
years, Alexander Levy will now expand this emphasis and the new
alexander levy gallery will concentrate solely on the presentation of young
artistic positions.
A first example of this updated approach can be seen on 27 January 2012
with a solo exhibition by Julius von Bismarck. Punishment I shows new
works by the young progressive artist in the refurbished space. The title of
the exhibition points to a pre-Christian legend that says that the
Achaemenid King and Egyptian Pharaoh Xerxes had the strait at
Hellespont punished with 300 lashes, after bridges that had been built on
his order were destroyed by a storm shortly after construction.
Julius von Bismarck took up this anger allegorically for his new series of
works. From October to December 2011 he went on a journey through
Switzerland, South America and the United States armed with a whip. At
impressive locations he plays with the rhetorical power of this traditional
retaliation, whipping nature, defying its power, until he is exhausted. In a
contemporary context, he thus rebels against socialization and, as a
modern Sisyphus, questions value patterns which are conveyed to people
today by societal constructs and authorities. The resulting evidence of
these equally martial and meditative actions are collected in form of film
footage, photographs and the whips in the context of Punishment I.
Julius von Bismarck, * 1983, has studied since 2009 with Olafur Eliasson at
the Institut für Raumexperimente. In 2008 he won the Golden Nica of the
Prix Ars Electronica with his work "Image Fulgurator". Following numerous
exhibitions at internationally renowned locations, he became the first artist
to receive the Prix Ars Electronica from the European Organization for
Nuclear Research (CERN).