Wonderful Things to Believe in
"Wonderful things to believe in" is the fourth edition of a series of group shows at Galerie Ehrentraut which serve as experimental dialogues between artists from the gallery and invited guests. The current show is curated by Philip Grözinger who invited five fellow artists with a strong affiliation to Copenhagen and Berlin: DAG, Benjamin Bernt, Heiner Franzen, Emil Westman Hertz and Claus Hugo Nielsen. Not only showcasing an artistic dialogue between the two capitals and a specific social network, the exhibition presents a Wunderkammer of seemingly wildly diverse practises – all of which share surprisingly common grounds. Even though the show comprises a wide variety of aesthetics - such as a wall drawing of anthropomorphic fragments, semi-ethnological displays of found and formed organic material, wild gestural painting, cool minimalist abstraction and fine lined portraits of amorphous gestalts, not to mention a pink velvet circular lobby bench with a palm - there is a certain 'order in chaos'. As the title ironically suggests, the exhibition presents a romantic collection of imaginary worlds and phantasmagorical cosmologies, that nurture on the past as well as the future and use the art history of forms and popular culture as their personal playground: As such presenting a passage into the unknown - a secret garden of Wonderful things to believe in.
Benjamin Bernt was born in Nuremberg in 1982. He studied at Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe with Daniel Roth and now lives and works in Berlin.
DAG, born 1964 in Eberswalde, lives and works in Berlin.
Heiner Franzen, born 1961, studied at Hochschule fur Künste in Bremen and Universität der Künste in Berlin.
Philip Grözinger was born in Braunschweig in 1972. He attended the Braunschweig University of Art. He also lives and works in Berlin.
Emil Westman Hertz was born in 1978 and lives and works in Gudhjem and Copenhagen, Denmark. He studied at the Institute of Eskimology at the University of Copenhagen (1999-2000) and received his MA from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (2008).
Claus Hugo Nielsen, born 1974, graduated in 2010 from the Art Academy in Munich and lives and works in Copenhagen.
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