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Almine Rech


Mar 9 — May 20, 2024 | Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany

Opening: 08.03.2024, 6pm
Exhibition: 09.03.-20.05.2024
Artist talk:  09.03.2024, 4pm

“Nah am Wasser” (Close to the Water) is the most comprehensive museum exhibition of works by internationally renowned Berlin artist Gregor Hildebrandt.

Hildebrandt combines traditional materials such as cassette tapes, video cassettes and vinyl records with contemporary concepts and has created a fascinating, artistically rich oeuvre over the last few decades, which never gives the impression of being complete, instead remaining continually surprising.

The exhibition shows a selection of works spanning two decades, with the majority reflecting on themes such as the aura of the sea, lagoons, lakes or rain—either in their title or their subject matter.

The wide spectrum of artworks in the exhibition, encompassing painting, sculpture and installation, oscillates constantly between figuration and abstraction, blurring the boundaries between reality and illusion.

The works, often named after song lyrics, function as carriers of memory on two levels. On the one hand, the works’ materiality itself evokes memories of times past. On the other hand, the fact that songs by The Cure, Element of Crime or Hildegard Knef are recorded on the tapes or records evokes associations with specific pieces of music and thus creates links to individual memories and cultural references. 

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Installation view of Nah am Wasser (Close to the Water), at Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany

© Gregor Hildebrandt