Peter Friedl

Erna Hécey

October 27, 2005

galerie erna hécey

rue des fabriques 1c fabrieksstraat

bruxelles 1000 brussel

t. 32.2 502 00 24

f. 32.2 502 00 25

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PETER FRIEDL

22 September – 10 December 2005

Playgrounds 22 September – 15 October
Drawings 20 October – 16 November
Theory of Justice 19 November – 10 December

Erna Hécey Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by Peter Friedl.

Three consecutive presentations will show long-term projects such as Playgrounds (since 1995), Drawings (since 1964) and Theory of Justice (since 1992) questioning issues of genre, documentary aesthetics and other forms of narratives. Reconsidering the exhibition as a medium, each of the three projects will use the gallery space to display specific concepts and meanings.

Playgrounds is a series of projected images showing children’s playgrounds from around the world. The playground is viewed as the stage for the first institutionalized, public experiences of “small” subjects.

Drawings is part of a substantial collection of the artist’s drawings from 1964 to the present which have rarely or never been shown. The chronological presentation investigates the genre of the retrospective as well as the subject of artistic production.

Theory of Justice is an archive of newspaper pictures. The title refers to A Theory of Justice (1971) by John Rawls, a liberal revival of social contract theory. Friedl’s archive proposes a new sort of pictorial justice in relation to originality, history and context.

This is the third solo exhibition of Peter Friedl (b. 1960) at Erna Hécey Gallery.

Friedl’s work has been exhibited worldwide including documenta X (1997), the 48th Venice Biennale, the 3rd Berlin Biennial, and solo exhibitions at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (1995), Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels (1998), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (1999), Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum in Graz (1999), The Living Art Museum in Reykjavík (1999), Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg (2001), Chisenhale Gallery, London (2001), Institut d’art contemporain, Lyon-Villeurbanne (2002), Institute for Contemporary Art, Cape Town (2002), Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen (2002).

Recent solo projects include Four or Five Roses (2001-2004), Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, and Out of the Shadows (2004), Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam.

A retrospective exhibition of the artist will be held at the MACBA in Barcelona from May to September 2006.

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Drawings 20 October – 16 November 2005

Erna Hecey gallery is pleased to announce the second part of it’s current exhibition by Peter Friedl.

The second part of Peter Friedl’s project trilogy deals with frames and the drawings within. In contrast to the horizontal image series of Playgrounds, there is an explicit verticality here to which the classical genre of musealizing biography and work in the medium of the exhibition owes its aesthetic defusal. Legible in strict chronology, the selection of drawings follows a timeline of four decades. The first sheet is a child’s drawing by the artist from May 1964.

Many of Friedl’s well known works are based on drawings and time shifts: some of his neon installations, such as Neue Straßenverkehrsordnung (on the origins of history painting from writing, on the example of the RAF) or Corrupting the Absolute (on the origins of design); and also the poster pictures Eishockey, 1968-2000 and Map, 1969-2005.

In contrast to these staged tableaus, the selection and presentation of framed drawings on paper seems to emphasize entirely an engagement with more fragile, unpolished things and their potentialities. Between idea and form there is space for the world and its various different signs.

Drawings instigates another kind of discussion on the conditions and experiences of a new politics of aesthetics.

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Erna Hécey Gallery participates to : Art Brussels, Art Basel and the FIAC, Paris.

The gallery presents works by :

ELEANOR ANTIN – JOHN M. ARMLEDER – PIERRE BISMUTH – MARCEL BROODTHAERS – PETER FRIEDL – JOHAN GRIMONPREZ – MARIE-ANGE GUILLEMINOT – THIERRY KUNTZEL – OLIVIER MILLAGOU – JOHN MURPHY – OLAF NICOLAI – RAINER OLDENDORF – JAVIER PEREZ- MARTHA ROSLER – SAM SAMORE – NEDKO SOLAKOV – JANA STERBAK – BEAT STREULI – BERT THEIS – PATRICK TOSANI – URI TZAIG – LAWRENCE WEINER – VERA WEISGERBER – KIMIKO YOSHIDA

galerie erna hécey

rue des fabriques 1c fabrieksstraat

bruxelles 1000 brussel

t. 32.2 502 00 24

f. 32.2 502 00 25

[email protected]
http://www.ernahecey.com