Preview Art Show
Help Alive Inside
Photography, Installation, Painting, Mixed Media, Performance, Sculpture
Gabi Blum | Daniel Bräg | Manuel Eitner | Florian Froese-Peeck | Klaus von Gaffron | Lisa Geller | Michael Hofstetter | Nico Kiese | Christian Leitna | Dieter Rehm
Curator – Frank Balve
All images by KUNST BLOCK BALVE
Just as the last remaining survivors of the zombie apocalypse hide themselves from the undead in a shopping centre as a last resort in the cult film “Dawn of the Dead”, the Kunst Block Balve (short: KBB) is supposed to be a last shelter from the parasites that have snuck into Munich. Here, life itself is the parasite – eating its way through the decomposing myths that were created at the turn of the century. KBB is meant to a platform of artistic, cultural and social exchange that will make youth culture an important part of the cities’ life once more.
By providing access of both space and materials for creative work, as well as putting on exhibitions and cultural events, it will attempt to fill a palpable, dividing gap in the public creative scene, as well as in contemporary art production and reception. Furthermore, it will combat both the issue of high rent prices and a complete lack of funding while also attempting to bring the next generation’s scene closer to the already established art world of the city. The first exhibition had this very tension as its main point of inspiration – it was viewed playfully from a variety of positions:
Klaus von Gaffron exhibited a piece of hope – a triptych titled “reits I – III”; Dieter Rehm pointed out the shapes and forms of the marketing/advertising machinery in his piece “Roxy”; Michael Hofstetter attempted to show the absence of creativity in physical presence; Gabi Blum’s piece “New York Fassade” shows the face of a building that reveals itself as a copy from all sides; Daniel Bräg stopped the process of decay with a form of conservation that was both aesthetically appealing and extraordinary; Christian Leitna’s piece “Mit dem Rücken zur Wand” (or “Same Game new Rules”) set new game rules, called to battle and went further with a hidden piece which offered another point of view; Manuel Eitner seized this game and broke through the system; Nico Kiese dealt with the saying “Bread is the food of the body, the Narcissus is the food of the soul; and he who has two loafs of bread shall set the price of the Narcissus” by questioning its very meaning and simultaneously attempting to grip ahold of something; Lisa Geller locked unstoppable, yet dead objects into her kiosk and thusly functioned as her own kind of architectural parasite; Florian Froese-Peeck showed a piece “Neue Heimat” (New Home) – and yet his colossus was missing all its livelihood, being stranded on the dry.