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Julius von Bismarck explores contemporary notions of nature in the light of climate change. In his performances, installations, sculptures, videos and photographs, his experimental approach oscillates between scientific and artistic perspectives that give rise to images of great aesthetic force.




































 




















 





























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Julius von Bismarck, Fire with Fire

Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn (Germany)

04.09.2020 - 24.01.2021



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Exhibition September 04, 2020 - January 24, 2021. Bundeskunsthalle, Helmut-Kohl-Allee 4 - 53113 Bonn (Germany). T +49 228 9171200. Hours: Tuesday–Wednesday 10am–9pm, Thursday–Saturday 10am–7pm.









 







 











 





 



























 





 











Always on the lookout for alternative forms of perception, the artist translates nature and technology into fresh and surprising images.


His visual processing of natural events seems to want to convey the message that however mighty and devastating the elemental forces may be, there is an infinite wealth of beauty in catastrophe, and it is the artist’s task to make it visible. This contrast is foregrounded in the exhibition which is based on von Bismarck’s expeditions to several forest fire areas. The central work consist of a large LED screen with a vertically symmetrical slowed down video of forest fires. This mirror effect explicitly references the aesthetic of the inkblot images studied by the psychoanalyst Hermann Rorschach. To get to the screen, visitors pass through an installation of eight sculptures: Eternal Flames. Monuments, memorials and cenotaphs—structures enshrining collective remembrance from all over the world—provide the starting point for these sculptures. The originals in bronze or stone are reproduced in fired clay; the blazing fire is transformed into a flickering LED light.


As an all-giving, all-destroying force, fire dominates human thought—both profane and intellectual—like no other element. The title of the exhibition, Fire with Fire, references the ambiguity, mirroring and multivalency of the element—its cleansing alongside its destructive force, its civilising as well as its barbaric power.


Curator: Susanne Kleine











Julius von Bismarck, Fire with Fire, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn

© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2020. All Rights Reserved

Julius von Bismarck,  Fire with Fire, 2020. Courtesy the artist; alexander levy, Berlin; Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf and Marlborough Gallery, London/New York. © the artist / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020



Julius von Bismarck,  Fire with Fire, 2020. Courtesy the artist; alexander levy, Berlin; Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf and Marlborough Gallery, London/New York. © the artist / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020