Dieter Mammel (DE). TRANSIT

Exhibition time: 02 06 2022-30 06 2022
Meno Parkas Gallery (Rotušės a. 27, 44279 Kaunas, Lithuania)

Dieter Mammel is a German painter who lives in Berlin and Frankfurt am Main. He comes from a refugee family that fled the Banat region during the Second World War. For many years, his painting has revolved around the theme of the in-between, between cultures, on the journey and flight, the interpersonal in a painting technique between painting and drawing. He paints partly large-format works with ink on wet canvas. A special technique that has become his recognisable style. The Meno Parkas Gallery is showing Dieter Mammel's first exhibition in Lithuania with thirty paintings, mainly new works. The extensive catalogue also shows earlier paintings on the theme of TRANSIT. The exhibition is the start of an exhibition tour further to the Netherlands and back to Germany.

Painter Dieter Mammel preserves the romantic narrative with images – both as a sense of historicity, as a possibility of self-understanding in time, and as a kind of idealization – a sensual relationship with reality, filled with moral sensitivity and attentiveness. There is no search for something specifically contemporary, no surrender to the passive circulation of symbols, so the approach of representation is fascinating as an authentic manifestation of historical romanticism. The performative flow of images simultaneously represents the old and the new, the intimate and the universal, the rational and the visionary, and expresses an individual and, at the same time, the multifaceted experience of reality. Reality is not set up straightforwardly, the images change, opening up the tragic and the joyful possibility of experiencing it. This fluctuation is like a sign of a romantic feeling, it engages the viewer.

- Agnė Kulbytė 

In cooperation with Galerie Hübner&Hübner, Frankfurt/Main and Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague.
The exhibition is funded by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and Lithuanian Artists' Association.
Special thanks to: Kaunas Hotel, Domus Maria Vilnius.

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