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Christian Lindow

Kunsthalle Bern

Aside from one sculpture, this exhibition focused on 11 pieces from the cycle of “Zwetschgen-Bilder” (Plum paintings, 1987–88). The small sculpture, L’etoile des eaux-vives (Star of living waters, 1986), belongs to an earlier phase. It was not meant as a retrospective element or a reference to the sculptural component that has always been present in Lindow’s oeuvre; rather, this bronze casting of a modeled female torso acted as a deliberate embodiment of contradiction, a kind of stumbling block. Its goal was to draw attention to Lindow’s characteristic way of dealing with the pictorial object of his sculptural struggles. In its almost abstract dissolution or concentration of form, this sculpture tacitly undermines the inherent demand of the sculptural medium to achieve a realistic portrayal of the phenomena of this world. The sculpture forms a counterpoint to the—at first sight—intense

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