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Yvonne Roeb: IM ÜBER ALL

Exhibition opening:
Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 6–9 p.m.

Exhibition dates: September 15 – November 6, 2016
Hours: Thursday through Monday, 1–7 p.m.

Ernst Schering Foundation
Unter den Linden 32–34 | 10117 Berlin

In her show titled “IM ÜBER ALL,” the Berlin-and-Düsseldorf-based sculptural artist Yvonne Roeb (*1976) places her sculptures, which are composed of naturalistic, surreal and artificial elements, in the context of the Wunderkammer, the cabinet of curiosities. Borrowing from the animal, plant and mineral kingdoms, Roeb sculpts her composite creatures from modern, unusual materials, but also draws a line to classical sculpture. At the Ernst Schering Foundation, her thematically always ambiguous works will be presented in a wall of niches that allows every object to unfold its power.

Yvonne Roeb, Portrait, 2016, Photo: Markus Bachmann; Exhibition in the Ernst Schering Foundation: September until November 2016

Yvonne Roeb: Kaefer, Photo: Markus Bachmann

Yvonne Roeb sees objects not as mere things but inquires into the spiritual nature of every single object. Her work hints at a belief in an object’s supernatural powers and its veneration as a sacred object, as in fetishism, the spiritual-religious idea that all natural phenomena possess a spiritual essence, as in animism, as well as aspects of totemism and animalism. In totemism, for example, people construct mythical-kinship relationships with certain natural phenomena, and the “totems” serve, among other things, to integrate that which is foreign and threatening into the human world. In animalism, special powers are ascribed to animals. All these ideas find expression in, but constitute only one aspect of, Yvonne Roeb’s very contemporary works, in addition to scientific and formal questions. While the cabinets of curiosities of the late Renaissance and the Baroque periods presented objects of various origins and purposes alongside each other – works of art were placed next to scientific specimen – Yvonne Roeb’s sculptures resemble a synthesis of artistic and nature-related studies and are thus, as it were, expressions of a universal culture.

In addition to the sculptures, the exhibition at the Ernst Schering Foundation will also present new drawings by the artist, which must be understood as a reinterpretation of the three-dimensional works at the two-dimensional level. They show the hidden reverse sides of the displayed sculptures. Roeb thus turns around the principle of the drawn sketch as existing prior to the sculpture, challenging the myth of the sketch as the creative source of all artistic production.

Yvonne Roeb’s timeless artifacts tie in with current controversial debates in Human-Animal Studies, a still young interdisciplinary field of research that deals with the complex relationships between humans and animals from a variety of perspectives, including psychology, sociology, cultural studies, and anthropology.

The Ernst Schering Foundation is a partner of the Berlin Art Week 2016. The exhibition will be opened on September 14, 2016, by Dr. Michael Krajewski, curator of the exhibition “Yvonne Roeb, Divine Beast” at the Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, and Heike Catherina Mertens, curator of the Ernst Schering Foundation.

The Ernst Schering Foundation is Partner of the Berlin Art Week 2016.


Further events:

Lecture by Anselm Franke (in German): October 4, 2016, 6 p.m.
„Über Morphologien: Animalismus und Animismus“ | “On morphologies: Animalism and Animism”
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Yvonne Roeb, portrait, 2016, Photo: Markus Bachmann
Yvonne Roeb: Käfer, 2009, plaster, resin, paint, 19,7" x 13,6" x 8,7", Photo: Markus Bachmann
Yvonne Roeb: Midnight Rider, 2009, tail of a horse, polyester, paint, leather, metal, belt strap, 106,3" x 11,8" x 23,6", Photo: Markus Bachmann

Yvonne Roeb: Mightnight Rider, Photo: Markus Bachmann


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