Poetic Madness and the Romantic Imagination

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Madonna Colour Photograph © Burak Cingi
Saved Under the Sign of Pisces, 2008 Film Still © Oreet Ashery
Skull, 2008 Pencil And Marker Pen © Alex Binnie
Human Skin, Glass Cylinder,Formalderhyde © Silentrope
Untitled (detail), 2008 Digital Print, Varnish And Embossing © hector De Gregorio
Fragment of a Collapsed Figure, 2008 Mixed Media On Digital Pigment Print © Paul Hodgson
For the Love Of Bradley, 2008 Mixed Media Tatto Ephemera
Sudarium Blood, Sweat And Tears On Tea Towel © Lee Wagstaff
Birds, 2008 Acrylic And Screenprint On Canvas © Stephen Dunne
Poetic Madness and the Romantic Imagination

Hertzbergstrasse 27
12055 Berlin
December 12th, 2008 - January 25th, 2009
Opening: December 12th, 2008 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Opening times: Thursday to Saturday 14.00 - 19.00 or by appointment
mixed-media, photography, digital, installation, video-art, performance, conceptual, pop, figurative, sculpture


poetic madness
and the romantic imagination

The second group exhibition at RISE Berlin featuring:

Alex Binnie, Barry Hogarth, Burak Cingi, Christophe Chemin, Hector De Gregorio, Jenus Kahmke, João Leonardo, Jon (Un Autre Corps), Lee Wagstaff, Matthew Brindle, no:sler, Oreet Ashery, Paul Hodgson, Ricardo Fumanal, Silentrope, Stephen Dunne, Tomi Paasonen, Vanda Playford, Wladd_Muta, Wolfgang Tillmans, Xavier Stentz
Poetic Madness and the Romantic Imagination' is an exhibition inspired by the book of the same title by Frederick Burwick, in his book Burwick explores the relationship between madness* and creativity in Romantic literature and art in Germany and England. (*Madness could be interpreted as a medical or chemically induced state, as obsessive or irrational behavior or as the tension between an artist's inspiration and the subsequent realization.)
RISE invited 20 artists to show work related to the ideas and themes in the book. Some artists have explored madness in their own work; in the subject of their art and the common social attitude that all ‘creative types' are a little bit crazy. Others have explored the notion of ‘artistic rapture' where artists find themselves in the moment of inspiration a time when they might be perceived as being out of their senses.
The exhibition features a wide selection of international artists working in painting, printmaking and photography, installation, performance and film. Works by artists that have previously had solo exhibition at the gallery are shown together with new artists invited by RISE who in some cases are showing in Berlin or Germany for the very first time.