From the Age of the Poets
7 September – 20 October 2012

The functioning of language, its limits and possibilities, has kept especially philosophers and poets, Dadaists and semiotic theorists busy in the last century. The gallery Aanant & Zoo dedicates the exhibition From the Age of the Poets to the interplay between the wonder of language, truth, the possibility of mis- or not understanding and poetry as a legitimate access to the world. Twenty-five well-known and lesser-known positions of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries create a room, in which these questions can oscillate. A central topic of the exhibition is translation. Many artists share the possible translatability from language to language, from system to system, from the concrete to the abstract and occasionally backwards.

Johanna Calle, Indice A, 2010

Aluminium and copper on cardboard, 68 x 83 cm

Johanna Calle, Indice C, 2010

Aluminium and copper on cardboard, 68 x 83 cm

Hanne Darboven, Dostojewski, Monat Juli, 1990

Ink, collage on paper, 16-parted work, 20,5 x 29,5 cm each

Friederike Feldmann, PS 7, 2011

Pigmented ink on bleached canvas, 220 x 155 cm

Friederike Feldmann, left: Lyrics 2, 2012 / right: Lyrics 4, 2012

Pigmented ink on paper, 42 x 29,7 cm

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Installation view, Aanant & Zoo, Berlin 2012

Ian Hamilton Finlay, Marat Assassiné, 1986

Lithography, 77 x 62,5 cm

Dora García, Ulysses, 2009

Original book cut (a copy of James Joyce’s “Ulysses”, published before 1978), dimensions variable, AP 3/5

Simryn Gill, left: The Incredible Hulk, 2002 / right: A Suitable Boy, 2002

Paper, glue & hemp fibre, 88 cm, 11 strands / Paper, glue & hemp fibre, 230 cm, 11 strands

Simryn Gill, left: The Incredible Hulk, 2002 / right: A Suitable Boy, 2002

Paper, glue & hemp fibre, 88 cm, 11 strands / Paper, glue & hemp fibre, 230 cm, 11 strands

Bethan Huws, Untitled (What did you do this ...), 2005-06

Aluminium, glass, rubber, plastic letters, 100 x 75 x 4,5 cm, 1/1 (Edition of 2 + 1 AP)

Bethan Huws, Untitled (What’s the point of giving ...), 2006

Aluminium, glass, rubber, plastic letters, 100 x 75 x 4,5 cm, 2/2 (Edition of 2 + 2 AP)

Bethan Huws, Untitled (Read-Red), 2008

Aluminium, glass, rubber, plastic letters, 75 x 50 x 4,5 cm, 2/3 (Edition of 2 + 2 AP)

Henri Michaux, untitled, 1974

Ink on paper, 56 x 39,5 cm

Henri Michaux, untitled, 1963

Chinese ink on paper, 41 x 30 cm

Robert Montgomery, New Countries, 2012

Wood and plaster, 110 x 110 cm, edition 1/5 + 1 AP

Aribert von Ostrowski, sigm. Freud AMONGST THE AFRIKANS, 2005/10

Inkjet print on paper on canvas, 200 x 140 x 4 cm

Aribert von Ostrowski, o.T. (schwarz), 2003

Newspaper, oil and synthetic resin varnish on aluminium sheet, 100 x 74 cm

Falke Pisano, Figure 1, 2012

Acrylic, vinyl lettering, edition 1/3 + 1 AP

Max Schaffer, Catalogue Raisonné, 2010

DVD, 9:95 min., mold-made paper, made of a shredded bookshelf, dimensions variable

Carl Trahan, Ewig (traductions), 2012

Chalk on blackboard varnish, dimensions variable

Cy Twombly, Six Latin Writers and Poets, 1975-1976 (Detail)

Lithographs, 7-parted work, 64,8 x 50 cm each sheet