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Alexej Koschkarow

Jablonka Galerie

The art of Alexej Koschkarow, a Belarussian who recently graduated from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, is something quite out of the ordinary. Katharina Fritsch felt so challenged by Koschkarow’s baroque, kitschy images that she invited him to participate in a joint exhibition at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf in 1999, where he erected a park landscape with hedgerows among which nestled bronze statues of strange adolescents masturbating. “What’s this supposed to be?” was a question often heard during that exhibition. In an interview, Koschkarow himself spoke of his feeling of confinement and of his dream of being lord of a castle with his own park. A year later, Koschkarow invited thirty friends to Malkasten, an upscale Düsseldorf watering hole whose name means “paint box.” Copious supplies of cream tortes were on hand, and the expected pie fight ensued. The video documentation of the event

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