‘Reena Spaulings: Her And No’ At Museum Ludwig, Cologne

Museum Ludwig is currently hosting a show by Reena Spaulings Fine Art, titled “Her and No”. The exhibition marks Spaul­ings’s first in­sti­tu­tio­n­al col­lab­o­ra­tion with a mu­se­um. The exhibition fo­cus­es on the col­lec­tive’s artis­tic work, featuring new works, new ver­sions of ex­ist­ing se­ries of works, and old works that deal with the sta­tus of the artist in so­ci­e­ty in a wider sense. The in­s­tal­la­tion al­so plays with the for­mat of in­sti­tu­tio­n­al mu­se­um ex­hi­bi­tions. The exhibition features three free­s­tand­ing, large-scale pan­els made of alu­minum that is an adap­ta­tion of Gus­tave Cour­bet’s fa­mous paint­ing The Meet­ing (Bon­jour, Mon­sieur Cour­bet), in which the pain­ter, dur­ing a hike in the coun­try­side far from the ur­ban cul­tu­r­al scene, runs in­to his pa­tron Al­fred Bruyas. Spaul­ings tran­s­pos­es the scene from 1854 and throes light on the pain­ter’s aware­ness of his role back then as well as to­day, si­mul­ta­ne­ous­ly point­ing to the del­i­cate bal­ance of de­pen­dence within the art world. New adap­ta­tions of the most im­por­tant se­ries of works by Ree­na Spaul­ings can also be seen in the ex­hi­bi­tion. In 2004, an artist col­lec­tive was formed that op­er­ates un­der the name of the fic­tio­n­al artist Ree­na Spaul­ings, cre­at­ing col­lec­tive paint­ings that are both re­flec­tive of the sys­tem and self-dep­re­cat­ing.The exhibition will be on view through August 27, 2017, at Museum Ludwig, Heinrich-Böll-Platz, 50667 Köln, Germany

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