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15 September 2016 – 10 July 2017
Kurt Benning BURGTRESWITZMENSCH

»The subject of decay, which continues to interest me, poses itself to me in a different way today than it did earlier on. In it, I see a process of rearrangement, a change in condition, an energy that transfers one defined thing into another. We know only very little about this energy. We may only describe it indirectly, by way of the results.« (Kurt Benning, 1977)

The ongoing interest in the biography of the individual serves as impetus for Kurt Benning's large project »Burgtreswitzmensch« (Treswitz­castleman), which he has been working on for more than 40 years. In it, he approaches persons by way of »what they have left behind« – things, personal objects, documents, drawings, writings. As relics, these tell something about the dreams and visions of their former owners. As documents of a time past, they are, on the one hand, evidence of a reality experienced and transported by the artist. However, Kurt Benning also uses them as a departure point for his unbridled research work that takes place in the realm between reality and imagination, the physical and metaphysical, life and death. As an artist and tracker he is aware of strategies of authentification; but he integrates these into an overarching discourse that essentially also feeds on literary means. For Kurt Benning, the past and decay are keys for understanding the world and the individual person and for penetrating into the depths of time.

Kurt Benning was born in 1945 in Pleystein/Oberpfalz. He lives in Munich and Gunderding.


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2005 Hans Josephsohn
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2003 Reliquary Crosses
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2003 150 Years!
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2002 Herbert Falken
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2001 ars vivendi
2001 Peter Zumthor
2000 Volume
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2000 The Härle Donation
2000 Children's drawings
2000 About Reality
1999 Andor Weininger
1999 Joseph Marioni
1999 Andy Warhol
1998 Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
1998 Faith and Knowledge
1998 Stephan Baumkötter
1998 Bernd Ikemann
1998 Kabakov Pane a.o.
1998 Hildegard Domizlaff
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1997 Richard Serra
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1997 Kunst-Station
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1997 About the Site: Kolumba
1996 About Ambivalence
1996 Chris Newman
1996 Peter Tollens
1996 Wolfgang Laib
1996 About Colour
1995 Early Christian Art
1995 Mischa Kuball
1995 Palace of Art
1995 Horn Falken Michals, a.o.
1995 Monika Bartholomé
1993 Tápies Thek Tuttle u.a.
1992 Vaticana
 

 
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KOLUMBA :: Exhibitions :: 2016 Kurt Benning

15 September 2016 – 10 July 2017
Kurt Benning BURGTRESWITZMENSCH

»The subject of decay, which continues to interest me, poses itself to me in a different way today than it did earlier on. In it, I see a process of rearrangement, a change in condition, an energy that transfers one defined thing into another. We know only very little about this energy. We may only describe it indirectly, by way of the results.« (Kurt Benning, 1977)

The ongoing interest in the biography of the individual serves as impetus for Kurt Benning's large project »Burgtreswitzmensch« (Treswitz­castleman), which he has been working on for more than 40 years. In it, he approaches persons by way of »what they have left behind« – things, personal objects, documents, drawings, writings. As relics, these tell something about the dreams and visions of their former owners. As documents of a time past, they are, on the one hand, evidence of a reality experienced and transported by the artist. However, Kurt Benning also uses them as a departure point for his unbridled research work that takes place in the realm between reality and imagination, the physical and metaphysical, life and death. As an artist and tracker he is aware of strategies of authentification; but he integrates these into an overarching discourse that essentially also feeds on literary means. For Kurt Benning, the past and decay are keys for understanding the world and the individual person and for penetrating into the depths of time.

Kurt Benning was born in 1945 in Pleystein/Oberpfalz. He lives in Munich and Gunderding.