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German, Polish and French Cooperation Present a Modern Exhibition of Sculptures

The Polish Institute in Berlin has Become Home to Modern Sculptures for the Next 2 Months

March 08th, 2016

Since 4th of February, the Polish Institute in Berlin is presenting the artworks, which are the result of cooperation between three countries. The exhibition was opened in a ceremony on 4th of February, at which were present artists including Tomek Baran from Poland, the Swiss-American Pauline Beaudemont and Nicolas Deshayes from France. Their multinational views translated into modern art in the form of sculptures. The curator Eva Wilson arranged this exhibition under the title “A pudding that endless screw agglomerates”. This unusual name is borrowed from Alain Resnais’ film “Le chant du styrene” and describes the ultra-modern industrial production of commercial plastic.

The artists Tomek Baran, Pauline Beaudemont and Nicolas Deshayes created sculptures which catch a moment of movement through the interconnection of interiorized and externalized art. For the design industrial and synthetic substance were used including brass, concrete, aluminum and polystyrene. These materials reflect altruistic and utopian attempts to create eternal objects or symbols, which are no longer a dream. The sculptures which use industrial and synthetic materials, resemble entrails, cavities and habitats.

One sculpture created by Nicolas Deshayes called “Le chant du styrene” is made from four powder-coated steel poles and aluminum reliefs. Deshayes thinks that is looks like parametric undulations or epidermic wrinkles. Another of Deshayes’ sculptures, “Cramps“ is a diptych of vacuum-formed polyurethane guts. The methods which the artist used to design this sculpture are nowadays used for industrial prototyping. 

Tomek Baran’s works reflected human skin and what is hidden underneath it. Baran uses different materials including industrial enamel and his paintings are made from immersive gaze, which reflects light and repels dust. He presents the diptych “#0a0a0a” made from cardboard packaging elements and his other piece is a minimalistic sculpture called “Untitled” (fallen curtain rail). 

Pauline Beaudemont’s artworks are designed from construction components, which can evoke objects of daily utility. The brass and concrete sculpture “Sit, Lay, and Rest” was designed as a piece of modernist or brutalist furniture, not for relaxing but to reflect discomfort and the restlessness of society. 

The public has the chance to see this exhibition of modern art at the Polish Institute until the 2nd April. Each individual can find their own clarification of these sculptures which the artists say can be explained through modernity and the wastefulness of society.


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Vladimira Repašská, Berlin Global