Björn Dahlem

Galerie Luis Campaña

Once a year the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf opens its doors, offering a glimpse of the students’ work. One finds that the young artists seldom work in a truly autonomous or innovative manner; often their work looks plagiarized from their teachers’. And so it was remarkable that at the open studio a year ago, a number of curators and critics spoke with unreserved enthusiasm about an installation by the then-twenty-four-year-old Björn Dahlem. Although a student of Hubert Kiecol, Dahlem’s installation had more in common with the material aesthetic of Georg Herold combined, perhaps, with that of Thomas Hirschhorn, making for something unexpected and innovative. The enthusiastic response to that work led to exhibitions at the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem in Holland (with the more established German artists Isa Genzken and Dirk Skreber), at the Schnitt Ausstellungsraum in Cologne (with another

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