Thomas Helbig

Galerie Guido W. Baudach

This show of new work by Thomas Helbig was staged in two locations: Galerie Guido W. Baudach’s extensive exhibition hall in the Wedding district, and its recently opened cabinet-like showroom in Charlottenburg. Precisely placed in self-contained arrangements, the paintings, drawings, and reliefs (and one sculpture, in the new venue) were presented as individual pieces, but Helbig was clearly interested in creating a specific atmosphere for each location.

In Wedding, on both sides of a specially built freestanding wall in the middle of the gallery, Helbig hung painstakingly configured sequences of large abstract paintings, more intimate, semifigurative drawings in oil crayon and graphite, and the tondo Fötus mit Quadrat (Fetus with Square), 2009. The smaller-format pictures and objects on display in Charlottenburg were arranged around the perimeter of the room. The exhibition’s only sculpture,

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