Itamar Gov’s solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Mannheim (17/07/2023)
For his exhibition in the STUDIO of the Kunsthalle, Itamar Gov continues his exploration of the complex relations between history, ideology, and aesthetics. With his multi-channel video installation Breker CCTV the artist responds to the fact that today there are more than three hundred works on view in (semi-)public space in Germany and Austria that were created by artists who appear on the so-called “Gottbegnadeten-Liste” (“God-gifted list”) from 1944, artists who were patronized under National Socialism. The artist had sixteen of these works filmed in situ, all nude sculptures from the years 1933 to 1945. Based on the footage, Itamar Gov created an installation that brings to mind a video surveillance room. Recipients are engaged to join in observing the sculptures and to address the question of whether they are posing a potential danger. Curated by Pia Goebel, the exhibition can be seen at Kunsthalle Mannheim between July 6 and November 26, 2023.
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Image: Itamar Gov, Breker CCTV, 2023, video stills