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Muntean/Rosenblum at Arndt & Partner, Berlin: Closing Today!

Posted in Beaux Arts, Exhibitions / Openings / Signings by Suzanne on June 7th, 2008 | BBC Wikipedia


The Day Doesn’t Promise… by Markus Muntean & Adi Rosenblum, 2003

Please excuse the very short notice, but if you run, you might still catch one of the most beautiful exhibitions currently on show in Berlin.

I’m talking about Markus Muntean & Adi Rosenblum‘s exhibition at Arndt & Partner‘s Checkpoint Charlie Gallery.

The couple’s work is truly unique and floats somewhere between Ferdinand Hodler‘s ornamental group portraits, Edward Hopper‘s interiors soaked with longing and sweet ennui and Édouard Manet‘s ingenious outdoor scenes populated by ageless archetypes deeply enjoying their collective loneliness (I’m probably not the only one seeing a link between Muntean & Rosenblum’s The Day Doesn’t Promise… and Manet’s Le déjeuner sur l’herbe).

The personnel in Muntean & Rosenblum’s paintings often seems to be standing around aimlessly like theatre students during an acting break waiting to be called up for a group scene. They become inanimate urban staffage adrift in a strangely dislocated rural landscape. The pathos and monumentality of their gestures stands in odd contrast to the simplicity and pragmatism of their surrounding.


Closing: Today, June 7, 2008

Address: Arndt & Partner Berlin, Zimmerstrasse 90-91, D-10117, Berlin, Germany, tel: +49 (0) 30 280 8123 | Map

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Video interview (GfZK Leipzig, 2007)

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2 comments to " Muntean/Rosenblum at Arndt & Partner, Berlin: Closing Today! "

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    Jen says:

    Yeah, Manet came to mind immediately.

    Most times, this would annoy me. Immitation can be so banal, but this attracts me.

    Don’t know why……

    June 16th, 2008 at 2:30 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    I agree and yet I can’t really put my finger on WHY it is such an interesting homage either.

    In case you’re interested: Over the past years, we collected some good (and a few bad) examples of imitation in art over at the WurzelForum.

    June 18th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

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