Wären Fluss und Meere Tinte...

Adel Abdessemed, Ai Weiwei, Per Dybvig, Barbara Eichhorn, Humphrey Ocean, Renato Ranaldi, Yehudit Sasportas


Already when entering Christine König gallerys well-done festival exhibition the calm and and so to speak meandering atmosphere becomes noticeable. With the shown pieces the seven artists take up several aspects concerning the sea. There is for example Ai Weiwei´s political work which weaves scenes of refugees into antique greek and assyrian motives. Barbara Eichhorn takes a more meditative approach and shows in her multipartite drawing series the impossibility of  concretely  comprehending and grasping the sea.

Another highlight is Per Dybvig´s stop motion animation „The Sea“ from 2017. It stresses an phantastical aspect and the fact that at all times tales have been told about the sea. Aesthetically it reminds a little bit of the works of William Kentridge (the way it is made) or - with its seedy, smoking rabbits and talking birds - Raymond Pettibon.

Julia Maurer




Galerie Christine König
Schleifmühlgasse 1A
1040 Wien


Header: Barbara Eichhorn, without titel, 2017, Pencil on paper, je 21 x 29cm
1. Ai Weiwei: Details, without titel, 2017
2. Per Dybvig: Detail of withouth titel, 2017, Pencil on paper, 114,5 x 177cm
3. Ai Weiwei: Detail on the Wall and Painting without titel, 2017, Pencil on paper, 42 x 59,3cm