Michael Krebber

Galerie Christian Nagel

This show is a trailer of sorts offering glimpses of Michael Krebber’s cosmos where he operates as a “veteran nay-sayer,” a worker and a producer of “negative exhibitions,” starting out as usual with his own pleasure as initial impulse.

Just as the Situationists wanted to remain professional amateurs, Krebber skillfully develops methods of being an artist, but not a professional one. This is confirmed by a plethora of documents from his life without work but also without boredom. Thus, the walls are covered with things—for instance, an article from the German newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the title of which reads: “Is Anything Good Just Because It’s New?” A photo shows James Lee Byars and the 19-year-old Krebber (today he is 36), when he was a student of Georg Baselitz; another presents Markus Lüpertz, during his artist-as-dandy period. A collage of shreds from the Votez Rimbaud

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