Magnus von Plessen

Mai 36 Galerie

The name Magnus von Plessen often comes up in discussions of new painting from Berlin—but how many people have actually seen his paintings? They’ve yet to be exhibited in Berlin itself. In 2001 they were shown at the Neues Kunstmuseum Luzern; then, last winter/spring, there was a small exhibition at K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen near Düsseldorf. Now his most recent paintings have been shown in Zurich—the first-ever gallery exhibition for this painter, which might be explained by the fact that his production is limited to just a few paintings a year.

Von Plessen’s earlier works were predominantly portraits derived from photographs; the same was true here, although two of the seven works on view were not portraits. The copying of mechanically produced originals has been a matter of course at least since Pop art, but von Plessen’s paintings raise new questions about the relationship

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