Opening of the 'Home is not a place' exhibition at the Ambassador’s Residence
2 June 2017
Featuring works of British & German artists who have worked and lived in Berlin & London
On 1 June, Ambassador Peter Ammon and his wife Marliese opened a new exhibition at the Ambassador's residence entitled ‘Home is not a place’. The exhibition shows works of contemporary British and German artists who have worked and lived in Berlin and London. Manfred Pietsch, who spent most of his career in Berlin, is also part of the exhibition.
The varied artistic ideas are visualised across a range of practices, spanning painting, textile, sculpture, photography, and video. The contemporary artists include Cornelia Baltes, Julius von Bismarck, Simon Fujiwara, Oliver Osborne, Random International, Florian Roithmayr, Daniel Sinsel, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Nicole Wermers.
As a counterpart to the more contemporary positions, Manfred Pietsch’s (1936-2015) portraits of the German capital reflect three life-changing events, each marked by losses and new beginnings. The selected paintings and works on paper present an individual outlook on an ever-changing city, Berlin.
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In his welcome speech Ambassador Ammon emphasised the importance of culture and cultural exchange between Germany and the UK: "What you will see tonight are paintings, sculptures and installations that are highly diverse in nature, but share a common heritage. They are mostly works by German artists living in the UK, or British artists in Germany. For them, living and working in another country comes quite naturally. For them, Home certainly is not a place."
The programme included an artist talk, led by author and art consultant Kristiane Backer. The curators of the exhibition, Coraly von Bismarck, Marlene von Carnap and Jürgen Schneider, also spoke about the exhibition's concception.