Stephan Jung

Galerie EIGEN + ART | Berlin

Stephan Jung’s recent exhibition seemed to encapsulate the paradoxes of German reunification. On the one hand, the gallery Eigen + Art is known in New York and Paris as a locus for underground art in what was formerly East Germany; on the other hand, it presents the work of Jung, a student of Joseph Kosuth, who initially seems more interested in conceptual issues than in making politically motivated work. Where the East German artists are concentrating more and more on video, Jung opts for a simple family scene that is not only in the tradition of realist painting but also monumental. Surrounded by images of everyday objects that the artist copied from a catalogue, the painting seems like a frozen monument to the commodity: the consumer fantasies associated with the economic miracle of the late ’50s surrounded by ’90s high tech. Is this piece an ironic commentary on the state-sponsored

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