Marc Brandenburg: Hirnsturm II

28 OCTOBER 2021 – 30 JANUARY 2022
Collection of Contemporary Art

The Städel Museum is presenting a solo exhibition dedicated to Marc Brandenburg. Approximately 130 drawings and one video work will be shown in a site-specific installation: Shrouded in black light, Brandenburg’s drawings, inverted into the negative, are reminiscent of a visual diary of thoughts, memories, and sensory impressions from the last thirty years.

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Marc Brandenburg: Hirnsturm II
28 OCTOBER 2021 TO 30 JANUARY 2022

The Städel Museum is presenting a solo exhibition dedicated to Marc Brandenburg from 28 October 2021 to 30 January 2022. Approximately 130 drawings and one video work will be shown in a site-specific installation: Shrouded in black light, Brandenburg’s drawings, inverted into the negative, are reminiscent of a visual diary of thoughts, memories, and sensory impressions from the last thirty years.

‘For nearly three decades, the artist Marc Brandenburg has been working on a graphic Gesamtkunstwerk. In doing so, he constantly expands the boundaries of the traditional medium of drawing and transfers it to our present day – always at the interface with photography, the moving image, sound, or performance. His art builds a bridge to the Städel as a museum of images which, with more than 100,000 works on paper, is home to one of the most important graphic collections in Germany. The audience of the Städel Museum is invited to experience Marc Brandenburg, an inimitable artistic voice of our present’, says Philipp Demandt, Director of the Städel Museum.

At the centre of Marc Brandenburg’s artistic work is the drawing. Since the early 1990s, the artist has been developing his graphic oeuvre, which can also be understood as an almost endless series. To these ends, he resorts to the simplest means: the camera, a photocopier, later a computer, as well as paper and pencil. The starting point for his drawings are mainly photographs he has taken himself, as well as material from other sources. With the help of the copier or an image processing programme, he inverts these photographs and transfers the resulting negative motifs onto the drawings. At times, he precisely executes the background, while at other times the motif is left free; it is occasionally mounted on the empty pictorial background so that it seems to float in space. The presentation of his works in black light adds an additional layer to the pencil drawings and unifies the different contents into a single flood of images – or, as the exhibition title describes it: a Hirnsturm (Brainstorm).

‘It is this idea of an inner storm – this swirl of images, memories, and impressions, that is at the heart of the exhibition. Similarly, the drawings seem to be floating in some dark, undefined, “endless” space. It can be fell like a trip or remind you of a near-death experience. Though my drawings are rarely rooted directly in my biography – I never draw my own memories, meaningful moments, or significant objects – it’s nevertheless present, if transformed, always with a certain detachment’, says Marc Brandenburg about the exhibited works. The artist encounters the subjects and protagonists of his motifs in his own urban environment: from banal objects such as plastic toys, idols from pop culture, and costumed people who seem to have mutated into fantasy creatures, as well as demonstrators and the sleeping places of homeless people. A sense of ambiguity always resonates. Cheerful subjects can seem abysmal, while oppressive living environments radiate a peculiar beauty. Brandenburg does not judge, but rather merely records what he sees.

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Press images

Marc Brandenburg
Untitled, 1997
Graphite on paper
21 x 16,5 cm
Private collection Berlin
© Christian Vagt – Marc Brandenburg

Marc Brandenburg, Untitled, 1997

Marc Brandenburg
Metallica IV, 2020
Graphite on paper
103 x 200 x 4,2 cm
Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus, Ropac London • Salzburg • Paris • Seoul
© Marc Brandenburg

Marc Brandenburg, Metallica IV, 2020

Marc Brandenburg
Untitled, 2015
Graphite on paper
70,5 x 100 cm
Private collectiom
© Marc Brandenburg

Marc Brandenburg, Untitled, 2015

Marc Brandenburg
Untitled, 2021
Graphite on paper
49 x 35 cm
Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London • Salzburg • Paris • Seoul
© Marc Brandenburg

Marc Brandenburg, Untitled, 2021

Marc Brandeburg
Untitled, 2021
Graphite on paper
85,6 x 73,6 cm
Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London • Salzburg • Paris • Seoul
© Marc Brandenburg

Marc Brandeburg, Untitled, 2021

Marc Brandenburg
Stress reliever II, 2021
Graphite on paper
73,2 x 76,8 cm
Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London • Salzburg • Paris • Seoul
© Marc Brandenburg

Marc Brandenburg, Stress reliever II, 2021

Marc Brandenburg
Untitled, 2019
Graphite on paper
11 x 39 cm
Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London • Salzburg • Paris • Seoul
© Marc Brandenburg

Marc Brandenburg, Untitled, 2019

Marc Brandenburg
Der Tod, eine Treppe hinabsteigend, 2017
Graphite on paper
69 x 45,5 cm
Private collection
© Marc Brandenburg

Marc Brandenburg, Der Tod, eine Treppe hinabsteigend, 2017

Marc Brandenburg
Untitled, 2010
Graphite pn paper
100 x 100 cm
Courtesy the artist
© Marc Brandenburg

Marc Brandenburg, Untitled, 2010

Marc Brandenburg
Camouflage Pullover (Stills), 1992/2018
Video installation
Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London • Salzburg • Paris • Seoul
© Marc Brandenburg

Marc Brandenburg, Camouflage Pullover (Stills), 1992/2018

Marc Brandenburg
Camouflage Pullover (Stills), 1992/2018
Video installation
Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London • Salzburg • Paris • Seoul
© Marc Brandenburg

Marc Brandenburg, Camouflage Pullover (Stills), 1992/2018

Marc Brandenburg
Camouflage Pullover (Stills), 1992/2018
Video installation
Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London • Salzburg • Paris • Seoul
© Marc Brandenburg

Marc Brandenburg, Camouflage Pullover (Stills), 1992/2018

Exhibition view „Marc Brandenburg: Hirnsturm II“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Marc Brandenburg: Hirnsturm II“

Exhibition view „Marc Brandenburg: Hirnsturm II“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Marc Brandenburg: Hirnsturm II“

Exhibition view „Marc Brandenburg: Hirnsturm II“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Marc Brandenburg: Hirnsturm II“

Exhibition view „Marc Brandenburg: Hirnsturm II“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Marc Brandenburg: Hirnsturm II“

Exhibition view „Marc Brandenburg: Hirnsturm II“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Marc Brandenburg: Hirnsturm II“

Exhibition view „Marc Brandenburg: Hirnsturm II“
Photo: Städel Museum – Norbert Miguletz

Exhibition view „Marc Brandenburg: Hirnsturm II“
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