In this German-language-only installment of Hans Ulrich Obrist's Conversation Series, the acclaimed curator-conversationalist speaks with the German Pop Surrealist painter Konrad Klapheck, and includes the German conceptual photographer Hans-Peter Feldmann--who was there to document the afternoon's activities with a series of photographic portraits--in the talk. Writing of Klapheck's psycho-erotic "machine" imagery in a 1994 Art in America review, critic Ken Johnson wrote, "What makes Klapheck's pictures compelling is the way the objects he paints are psycho-erotically animated. His machines...are like primitive totems...monumental, amusingly absurd and sexually suggestive." This volume contains generous photo documentation, with many new paintings depicting offbeat human sexual encounters reproduced in color.
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Hans-Ulrich Obrist was born in 1968 in Zurich, Switzerland. In 1993, he founded the Museum Robert Walser and began to run the Migrateurs program at the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris where he served as a Curator for contemporary art. He presently serves as the Co-Director of Exhibitions and Programs and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London.
Since the 1950s, German painter Konrad Klapheck has been investigating industrial machines and everyday objects like typewriters, sewing machines and ventilators, all subtly anthropomorphized and endowed in his work with psychological, social and political meaning. In its unexpected combination of deadpan depiction and evocative playfulness, Klapheck's canvases forge an important link in 20th Century art, melding elements from Surrealism and Pop Art with a singular painterly sensibility to create a uniquely influential body of work.
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