Jochen Kuhn

Galerie Peter Kilchmann

“Recently I visited a bordello for the first time. Well, actually it was an erotic massage parlor. That’s naturally beneath me. I don’t need anything like that.” A middle-aged man is troubled by moral misgivings as he goes to a brothel for the first time in his life. Wearing a trench coat and a hat, he worries that someone will see him; on the stairs, he meets his neighbor, who immediately asks: “What’s happening here? Are you going to the bordello?” Like the four films of the same title that preceded it, Jochen Kuhn’s fourteen-minute Neulich 5 (Recently 5), 2004, is a brief, absurd observation of daily life told from the viewpoint of a surprised narrator. These are neighborhood stories, trivial tales recounted in a clever, humorous way. Kuhn tells disarming stories through small moments in the lives of his characters, the heroes of an unglamorous world.

Kuhn began to paint in the ’70s,

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