Stefan Panhans and Andrea Winkler

Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof

Even before looking closely at individual works and their details, visitors to Stefan Panhans and Andrea Winkler’s show “Du kannst die Polizei belügen, aber nicht mich” (You Can Lie to the Police But Not to Me) were conscious of a calculated mixture of improvised effortlessness and aesthetically rigorous stylization. The show appeared meticulously composed when viewed from any point in the room; walking around constantly led one to new connections and “spatial pictures.” As formally different as the two artists’ work might be—Panhans makes photographs and videos, while Winkler develops minimalist installations that often involve the exhibition space itself as an “actor”—it dovetailed here to create what the artists dubbed a “collage in space.” Even the show’s title was like an associative part of this collage. The phrase is the tagline the German television station Vox attached to the US

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