Due to the Corona crisis, the Galerie KK must remain closed until further notice. Therefore the gallery has put together a small virtual tour of the current exhibition. We very much hope that we will be able to catch up on the vernissage at a later date. Get through this time well and stay healthy!
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.
Hartmut Kiewert, »Picknick III«, 2019, oil on canvas, 120 x 150 cm
20 March 2020 Duration:
20 March – 23 May 2020
Tue – Fri: 11 am – 6:30 pm
Sat: 11 am – 2 pm