A Tale Of A Tub

Event Onsite 17 April 2019 from 18:00 to 20:00

Opening | Guten Morgen, Europa!

Patrizio di Massimo (IT, 1983), Jannis Marwitz (DE, 1985), and Anna Bella Geiger (BR, 1933)

Curated by David Jablonowski

It is with great pleasure that A Tale of a Tub invites you to the opening of Guten Morgen, Europa!

Through painting and sculpture, Guten Morgen, Europa! questions the appropriation and domestication of world conflicts and a global identity. The many-layered nature of the significance of world history, art history and social history can be seen in the work of Jannis Marwitz, Patrizio di Massimo and Anna Bella Geiger. They each in their own way seem to touch upon an accumulation of meanings that imply a political commentary, a reproach (or reference?) without ever dogmatically digging in their heels.

The examination of history seems an essential way of dealing with the scaling up of conflicts in our time. Guten Morgen, Europa! exposes new political layers–accumulated by thought and straight away physically laid bare by the artist hands. The exhibition takes at its starting point the contemporary appropriation of a classical myth of the creation of Europe to portray a strong European Union: Europe as a world power. It was a time of optimism and of firm faith in the European success story, before the introduction of the euro, a time when the tensions shaking the EU were still a distant prospect.

Patrizio Di Massimo, The Monsters Inside, 2018. Courtesy of the artist.
Anna Bella Geiger, Ohren Athena com orbis descripto, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Mendes Wood DM.
Jannis Marwitz, Summer as a Button Vendor, 2018. Courtesy of the artist.
Patrizio Di Massimo, I Am Heraldic, 2018. Courtesy of the artist