Marc Aldinger – still-living

The work `still-living´ considers the aesthetics and meaning of objects unnoticed in urban space in our disposable culture – still lifes. The objects have been photographed on the streets of Berlin. Objects of our every day culture like colorful drink cans, scrunched and driven over, take away cups crumpled, leftover food careless scrapped.
Still life in the European art tradition is about lifeless and motionless objects. The choice of objects was substantial (often symbolic) and an aesthetic issue. The concern of the painters was on one hand to conceive the objects of nature and everyday life and at the same time to communicate an encoded message.

The issue of still life works in Baroque was the wealth of individuals, of aristocrats and the rich bourgeois. Beside the opulence impermanence was a central aspect in still life works. The opulence was shown by realistic and sumptuous embodiment of grapes, apples, the decoration with flowers, food in abundance and wine in beautiful wineglasses. This display of opulence was sometimes combined with signs of impermanence like dead animals, skulls or a candle.

The work `still-living´ is a contemporary interpretation of the classical still life. It´s not about the richness of individuals. It´s about the richness of our society.The theme of vanitas plays a central role. In the centre of the work is a dead pigeon – as a sign of impermanence of worldly life. Their wings are widly spread. It´s lying on the asphalt. You can see it´s featherfin plumage in all their nuances of colours – beautiful and impermanent.
The whole scenerie is contemplated by a creature in a golden yellow fur – looking through a glas vitrine on still-living.






We want to thank everyone who helped to make the 18th venue in Erfurt possible!

18. ZNE! Station ERFURT (Germany)


Duration: 28.7.2019 to 22.9.2019

Pictures from the exhibition in Erfurt here!

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We mourn our friend and benefactor, the artist and philosopher Prince Rudolf zur Lippe, who died on 6 September 2019.

He made thoughts dance and people move.

During the exhibition in Erfurt, which shows works from the cycle "Learning from the Birds" in the church of the Augustinian monastery, he wanted to talk to us about it and how it is linked to Goethe and Alexander von Humboldt.

We will miss him greatly, not only there.

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