Seyni Awa Camara, Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Martin Disler, Bettina Pousttchi, Rosemarie Trockel, Masaomi Yasunaga
Opening—17 Mar 2023, 6 to 9 PM
The group exhibition Keramik / Ceramics at the Buchmann Galerie brings together ceramic works by Seyni Awa Camara, Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Martin Disler, Bettina Pousttchi, Rosemarie Trockel and Masaomi Yasunaga.
Ceramics is one of the earliest forms of cultural expression. The material has always been used both functionally and purely sculpturally. Visual artists who worked with the material often had an ambivalent relationship to it. For some, it was too closely associated with craft and design, while others found a way to use the medium but transform it into a free artistic expression. The turn of visual artists towards ceramics, or their rejection of it, has gone through many phases since the modernism of the 20th century. Interestingly enough, ceramics are once again in the focus of artists today in the sign of the globally concluding digitalization of our living environment. The originality of the material and the archaic nature of its processing, which has not changed significantly since its beginnings, appears like a counter-image to an artificial world of pixels and algorithms, although ceramics have also found their way into the high technology of aviation or medicine.
Exhibitions such as The Flames at the Musée d’art Moderne in Paris in 2021, or Toucher La Terre at the Fondation Datris in 2022 showed this range of ceramics. The exhibition Keramik / Ceramics at Buchmann Gallery focuses on artistic positions that use the material free of any purpose, exploring the technical and formal limits imposed by the material and its application.