“Painting Heroes Can Be Different”
The Press on “.....Higher Beings Command” at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle

It’s the unknown side of an important collection. In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Frieder Burda Museum in Baden-Baden, the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle presents the exhibition “.....Höhere Wesen befehlen (Higher beings command)” with selected works on paper by Georg Baselitz, Willem de Kooning, Sigmar Polke, Arnulf Rainer, Neo Rauch, and Gerhard Richter. The press has been raving about this homage to the medium of drawing.
“Drawings function like windows to the interior of the work”, Simone Reber remarks in the Tagesspiegel on .....Höhere Wesen befehlen (Higher beings command) at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle. “They provide insight into uncontrolled streams of consciousness. In contrast to the canvas, one can’t keep correcting things on paper, and this is why drawings require the courage to face the unfinished. This leads to extraordinary discoveries.” She criticizes, however, that the show is exclusively a “boy’s club.” “What’s missing is the “tension between the feminine and masculine gaze.” In the Berliner Morgenpost, Moritz Götz is mainly excited about the juxtaposition of Baselitz and de Kooning: “Both artists work their figures in ways that are similarly brutal and inscrutable.” Along with the BZ, both airberlin magazine and the website Kunstleben Berlin highly recommend paying the exhibition a visit. The works in this “brilliant drawing show,” writes Ingeborg Ruthe in the Berliner Zeitung and the Frankfurter Rundschau, “function completely as autonomous images and offer proof for the direct, intuitive, and spontaneous way the creative spirit expresses itself—the way it flows, crawls, and leaps across the paper.”

“It doesn’t always have to be oil paint on canvas when an artist embarks on new paths in his work. It’s often works on paper that facilitate inspiration, that make it possible to first try something out in a way that’s quick and easy,” writes Focus. At the KunstHalle, visitors again and again encounter works “in which the artist sets off into previously unknown territory, probing new ideas for their veracity. A show curated by Goetz Adriani and Friedhelm Hütte that is both intelligent and inspiring,” concludes the magazine. “As a visitor, you can’t do anything wrong here.” writes the taz. “As it almost always does, the KunstHalle has succeeded in hanging a show of excellent and stimulating groupings.” And Ingeborg Wiensowski of Spiegel online remarks: “Painting heroes can be different. (…). Their small, fast works can express just as much as the large paintings.” To her mind, the medium of drawing stands for the “private, the less official. In this sense, the exhibition offers a respite from the grand gestures in the turbulent art establishment. The art of drawing by painting stars: minimal means with maximum expression.”