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SAVOIR VIVRE

Agnes Scherer

  • Exhibition
  • Feb 16 2024 - Mar 28 2024

Agnes Scherer (1985, Germany) creates complex pictorial work in her practice by drawing from analyses of art history, anthropology, and cultural history. For her exhibition Savoir Vivre at ChertLüdde, Scherer transformed the gallery into a medieval jousting tournament to problematize the persistence of the culture of “courtly love” and its idealization of the “lady” as an object of desire and source of competition in patriarchal societies. The inclusion of the lances became an integral part of the installation as broken lance poles not only marked the winner of the tournament, but became a symbol of early deforestation in Europe once boasting about how many trees had been felled for the tournament became a common expression.

Complete with Papier-mâché horses, hollow puppet-like spectators and a new series of paintings, Scherer’s exhibition pierces through practices of patriarchal society to expose concepts of love and acts of environmental exploitation dating back to the Middle Ages. Cleverly abstaining from total historical accuracy, through the depiction of elements like race cars and cellphones, Savoir Vivre allows Scherer’s transdisciplinary approach to painting to go beyond the familiar. The media of choice, accessible material such as newspapers and paint, further offer a whimsical element that transforms the ordinary into something far more extraordinary.

 

VERNISSAGE: 16 February 2024, 5 - 8 pm

 

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BIOGRAPHY

Agnes Scherer (b. 1985, Germany) lives and works in Berlin and Salzburg. She studied painting at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf and is currently a professor of Painting at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.

Scherer’s work develops unique forms of presentation by inscribing handmade artifacts into holistic theatrical frameworks. With her elaborate operettas and narrative installations, she creates complex pictorial work that resists immediate objectification and commodification, instead demanding from viewers a heightened level of focus and engagement. A persistent questioning that runs through her art-making aims at power relations and their underlying psychologies. Drawing from analyses of artistic, anthropological and cultural history, her work often illustrates the uncanny ways in which historical systems, economies and roles are reflected in the present.

Previous solo exhibitions include: Kunstverein Düsseldorf; Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen; PAGE, New York; Kunstverein Heidelberg; 1646, The Hague; Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich; Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin; Horse & Pony, Berlin; TRAMPS, New York.

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IMAGE CREDITS

Cover: Portrait of Agnes Scherer made in collaboration with Alba Belhadj Merzoug and Anna Ernst in Salzburg. Courtesy of Agnes Scherer, Salzburg.

fig. 1: Agnes Scherer, Installation view of “Savoir Vivre”, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberger, 2023. Photo by Tanja Meißner. Courtesy of ChertLüdde, Berlin.

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