The exhibition title »Welcome to Babylon« surely gives rise to associations with the Biblical Tower of Babel in many people. And the history of megalomaniac failure is indeed a component in the works of Gustavo Díaz Sosa and Matthäus Thoma, even though the artistic realization differs considerably. In his second large exhibition in the gallery, the Madrid-based Cuban artist Gustavo Díaz Sosa presents recent canvas paintings and filigree etchings that deal critically with political power, social powerlessness and human subjugation. Díaz Sosa himself characterizes them as existential reflections of “our looming future in the light of modern history”. His fascinating and profound works are complemented by the complex wood objects by the German sculptor Matthäus Thoma. With their in part monumental slat structures that seemingly defy static, Thoma creates temporary constructions that veer between chaos and order. Thomas has produced a site-specific wood installation especially for the exhibition that likewise occupies itself with Díaz Sosa’s pictures and hence also references the Biblical Tower of Babel.
Thursday, May 5, 2018, 7.p.m.
Prof. Ulrich Krempel, former director of the Sprengel Museum, Hannover
Duration of the exhibition:
May, 18 – August 18, 2018
The Gallery is closed from July 1 – 31, 2018.
Wednesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6.30 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Or by appointment.