Joep van Liefland

Galerie Guido W. Baudach

There is something for everyone in Joep van Liefland’s “Video Palace,” a fully operational video rental store that the Dutch artist has been setting up illegally in abandoned buildings around Berlin over the past two years. In its latest version, VP went official—or as official as XXXrated can get—and took over the entire space of a gallery. You enter the makeshift space at your own risk and inevitably leave with a strong sense of the strangeness of contemporary culture—whether you’ve watched Wrestling Super Stars in the VP Test-Corner, enjoyed the video of the month, Cannibal Holocaust, or listened to the tunes of Burger King Beats.

Van Liefland’s work initially appears as an installation: Everything from the emergency- exit sign to the peephole is here—all constructed in trashy, do-it-yourself style. But the work also derives from collecting the slops of the film

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