Thomas Kapielski – Benötigt Wasser den Freischwimmer?

16 February – 4 May 2008
Opening: Friday, 15 February 2008, 7.30 p.m.

Welcoming speech: Stefanie Böttcher, Artistic Director
Lecture with guided tour: Thomas Kapielski, Berlin

BE IT RITUALS, turns of phrase or omnipresent utility goods - nothing escapes Thomas Kapielski’s keen eye. With humour and wit, this artist scrutinizes the things that surround us. The result is that extremely banal everday items appear grotesque. Thomas Kapielski laconically caricatures the tricks and absurdities of language in text and images, with eloquence and a meticulous line. In doing so also blithely ignores the borders between the genres. This gives rise to photographs, objects, collages and paintings with clever texts full of irony. The unplumbed depths of semantics, or Benötigt Wasser den Freischwimmer?

Thomas Kapielski was born in Berlin in 1951. He studied geography, musicology, philology, philosophy and theology, and has been working since the 1970s, among other things, as a fine artist and writer. Benötigt Wasser den Freischwimmer? brings together parts of Kapielski‘s oeuvre of the past years.


15 February 2008, 8 p.m. Lecture and tour Thomas Kapielski, Berlin
16 April 2008, 7 p.m. Tod durch Käse und Kunstgeschichte. Zu Pier Paolo Pasolinis "La ricotta" Lecture by Prof. Dr. Michael Glasmeier, Kunsthistoriker.

Guided tours: 6 March 2008, 7 p.m.; 29 March 2008, 4 p.m.; 26. April 2008, 4 p.m.

The exhibition is supported by: