Bernhard Johannes Blume

Galerie Philomene Magers

Bernhard Johannes Blume, a 40-yearold artist who lives in Cologne, studied with Joseph Beuys in the early ’60s and has made drawings and photographs since the ’70s. He is probably best known to a wider international public through his participation in Documenta 6 in 1977 and in Kasper König’s show “Von hier aus” (From here out) in Düsseldorf in 1984. At that show Blume exhibited a series of large-format, black-and-white photographs that he had made in 1984 and called “Wahnzimmer” (Insaneroom, a play on the German word Wohnzimmer, meaning living room). Here we saw furniture, porcelain, accessories, and objects that, in a reversal of the customary roles, became active subjects rebelling against their owners and the rigid order of the bourgeois living room. In “Wahnzimmer” diagonals and vortices are the dominant compositional structures, and nothing is upright; there is no above or below.

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