ANIMAL UTOPIA II / Galerie KK, Essen

At the end of the exhibition there will be a small finissage on Sunday, 27.09.2020 from 11 – 14 o’clock, to which I will also be personally present.

From March 20 to September 26, 2020 the gallery KK Klaus Kiefer shows a solo exhibition with my painting under the title ANIMAL UTOPIA II.

Our relationship to animals is deeply ambivalent. While we grant the status of family members to some, we close our eyes to the suffering of others to whom we have assigned the role of food and clothing suppliers. Hartmut Kiewert abolishes this arbitrary division into pets and farm animals in his paintings and creates the utopia of a new human-animal relationship in painterly magnificent scenarios. Cows, pigs or chickens appear quite naturally in our everyday world, populating streets and shopping malls or taking a seat on our sofas. People and animals picnic together and relax in surrealistic landscapes, while the ruins of meat factories, fattening facilities and slaughterhouses are slowly crumble in the background. The artist also regularly portrays individual animal personalities at farmed animal sanctuaries. Some of them are then to be found in his large-scale scenarios. In his pictures, Hartmut Kiewert calls on the viewer to take a different perspective and to understand animals for what they are – social, sentient individuals like us.

Finissage
27. September 11 am – 2 pm

Duration
20 March – 26 September 2020

Space
Galerie KK Klaus Kiefer
Rüttenscheider Str. 56
D-45130 Essen

Opening hours
Tue – Fri: 12 am – 6 pm
Sat: 11 am – 2 pm
Monday: closed


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“To identify with others is to see something of yourself in them and to see something of them in yourself – even if the only thing you identify with is the desire to be free from suffering.”

― Melanie Joy

current & upcoming shows

03.09. – 23.10.2021
“ANIMAL UTOPIA”, solo show at Christel Wagner Galerie, Frankfurt (Main)

25.09. – 28.11.2021
“Multispecies Futures” – Hartmut Kiewert & Roger Löcherbach, Cubus Kunsthalle, Duisburg

26.11.2021 – 08.01.2022
“URBAN LIFE”, Galerie Schmalfuss, Berlin

03.12.2021 – Februar 2022
“ANIMAL UTOPIA”, solo show at Stadtmuseum/Kleine Galerie, Döbeln