6 SEPTEMBER 2021 – 20 MARCH 2022
The exhibition “K.H. Hödicke” at Hall Art Foundation comprises approximately 40 paintings and sculptures produced between the mid-1960s and the mid-1990s, including works in which Hödicke portrays West Berlin during the separation.
In later works like the 1995 painting Trichter-Teppich, the viewer looks directly onto a Berlin which is constantly renovating itself after the fall of the Berlin wall. Looking out onto the city directly, rather than observing someone else observe it, the viewer shares in the unsettling anxiety of not knowing where reconstruction will lead. Between these two extremes of direct and mediated observation, Hödicke’s contributions to Berlin kommt nach Niedersachsen also depict domestic interiors, urban signage, and characters drawn from all walks of life.
While Hödicke’s paintings have a directness suited to the scenes he depicts, his sculptures communicate an idiosyncratic monumentality. In Hödicke’s sculptural work, the most delicate, most unlikely poses are reified in bronze. Not wholly anonymous, the personages he constructs bear traces of their social class in the way in which they comport themselves before the viewer, wearing their casting like a garment plucked from the ever-changing landscape of Berlin.
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