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Berlin, Germany, 2007/03/02 - After successful presentations at several European galleries, and at the "Cologne Fine Art" fair, Gallery "Kloetze & Schinken" now presents the re-decorated historic porcelain plates of Tulip Enterprises.
Berlin-based Gallery "Kloetze & Schinken" are sure to attract attention with an upcoming exhibition that celebrates the male as erotic object: it presents vintage decorated porcelain plates from the past seven decades, over painted by two Dutch artists in a mood of subversive wit.
Artist duo Tulip Enterprises' wild mash-up of kitsch ornaments and erotic male imagery is terribly witty and acutely political - often at the same time.
The exhibition's title "Disco Sucks Again" is present on many of the plates. It is an adaption of the old 80's slogan "Disco Sucks", used at that time - by those excluded - to criticize the disco era's decadence and permissiveness. Today, after the hedonism of the nineties, and with the rise of religious intolerance, it seems that "Disco Sucks Again".
The use of males as sex object in the media is viewed by some as a sign of emancipation, while others see it as an attack on male honor. The exhibition fluctuates between both points of view. It seems to ask: "How much more hedonism and libertinism can Europe's atheist society take."
After successful presentations at several European galleries, and at the "Cologne Fine Art" fair, the "Ceramixed Plates" will now be on view for the first time in a Berlin gallery. They are displayed solo, as part of elaborate relief murals, and inside small wall objects. Installation views of the Amsterdam "Disco Sucks Again" presentation are on view at the artist's homepage.
Prices are between 20 and 250€.
Selected paintings on a similar theme by Tulip Enterprises are also presented, and special edition wallpaper produced by wallpaper publishers BerlinTapete.
Gallery Kloetze und Schinken is situated in Berlin Neukoelln, on the ground floor of one of several famous residences by architect Bruno Taut, near Kottbusser Damm. The unusually high ceilings of the exhibition space are still graced with his original playful stucco.
Tulip Enterprises (tulip-enterprises.de) is a Berlin art collective working with a Pop-art philosophy. Active as artists/organizers/curators, Tulip Enterprises are known for creating stencil paintings that are kinetic; rhythmically changing appearance.
Accompanied by visuals and design, Tulip Enterprises develops social ambient-art spaces where visuals and sound influence each other, exploring the relationship between art & electronic music, and making art accessible for a large audience.
The Staatsgalerie Stuttgart owns a major Tulip Enterprises painting, as do many private collectors.
Galllery Kloetze und Schinken
Opening hours: Tu - Fr 12 - 19 hours, Sa 14 - 19 hours.
Opening: Saturday, March 24 2007, 19 hours
Exhibition runtime: March 27 - April 15
A PDF Ceramixed Plates catalogue (in English), with many photos, biography & interview is available from the Tulip Enterprises website. Printable photos are available on demand.