Frankfurt

Sven Johne, Hafen/Harbour #1-2, 2010, chrome ink print, 88 1/2 x 59".

Sven Johne, Hafen/Harbour #1-2, 2010, chrome ink print, 88 1/2 x 59".

Frankfurt

Sven Johne

Frankfurter Kunstverein
Steinernes Haus am Römerberg Markt 44
May 13–July 25, 2010

Curated by Lilian Engelmann and Holger Kube Ventura

Sven Johne is not one of the loud ones. In a typically melancholic tone, the Berlin-based artist tells laconic stories of life and fate. Often these tales of suicide, misfortune, and emancipation are lifted from local newspapers, so that Johne’s precise, conceptually clean work becomes a lens through which society’s bigger picture—the split history of a divided Germany, for example—becomes visible via individual narratives. This comprehensive survey, the artist’s first major institutional solo show on German soil, will feature his most recent series, “Hafen (Harbor),” 2010, as well as a dozen more made within the past decade. A catalogue with new essays by Werner D’Inka, Jens Kastner, Catrin Lorch, and the curators caps off the occasion.