Renate Hampke’s Inner Tube Objects in the Cast Collection

Exhibition Opening on July 7, 2017, in Cast Collection of Ancient Sculpture

‘ 191/2017 from Jul 07, 2017

Inner tube objects created by the contemporary artist Renate Hampke will be on display from July 7 to August 27, 2017, in the Cast Collection of Ancient Sculpture. "Renate Hampke seems to have an instinct for noticing insignificant and incidental things in our everyday lives and giving them a new life," says Professor Lorenz Winkler-Horacek at the Department of History and Cultural Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. In her group of works called Schlauchobjekte (inner tube objects), she created sculptural pneumatic shapes that on the one hand represent abstract figures and on the other hand, generate a charming reference to something known. The contrast between her black inner tube objects and the gleaming white of the casts of the ancient Greek and Roman sculptures produces a tension that lets both appear in a new light. "Contemporary art and ancient sculpture - present here as plaster casts - can enter into a complex alliance," explains Winkler-Horacek. The exhibition will open on July 7, 2017. Admission is free.

Renate Hampke was born in Braunschweig, Germany. In the 1960s she studied art at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg, Germany. She has been living in Berlin since 1980. She has worked in the Künstlerhaus E43 in Wedding and the Phönix-Atelierhaus Wiessensee among other places, and she has taught at the Berlin University of the Arts and the University of Alaska-Southeast, USA. In 1994 and 1995 she worked as a curator for performance art in the Galerie Pankow in Berlin. Hampke works in the tradition of Arte Povera (literally "poor art") with seemingly worthless everyday objects such as worn-out bicycle tires.


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