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View of “Guðný Guðmundsdóttir and Jochen Lempert,” 2010. Foreground, from left: Guðný Guðmundsdóttir, P-Pferd mit Gestell, (P-Horse with Support Frame), 2010; Guðný Guðmundsdóttir, Poloturm I (Polo Tower I), 2010. Background: Jochen Lempert, Qualle (Jellyfish), 2010.

Guðný Guðmundsdóttir and Jochen Lempert

Galerie Dorothea Schlueter

View of “Guðný Guðmundsdóttir and Jochen Lempert,” 2010. Foreground, from left: Guðný Guðmundsdóttir, P-Pferd mit Gestell, (P-Horse with Support Frame), 2010; Guðný Guðmundsdóttir, Poloturm I (Polo Tower I), 2010. Background: Jochen Lempert, Qualle (Jellyfish), 2010.

Galerie Dorothea Schlueter is a newcomer on the Hamburg scene; this exhibition by Guðný Guðmundsdóttir and Jochen Lempert was only its third. The gallerist’s name is a pseudonym invented by Nora Sdun, Sebastian Reuss, and Goor Zankl, who make up the triumvirate running the space. This imaginary figurehead, with a name that in German intentionally sounds a bit square, is a statement in its own right, situating the gallery somewhere between the charm of fiction making and the elegance of ironic modesty.

In this exhibition, Dorothea Schlueter experimented with presentation as well: To accompany Icelandic artist Guðný Guðmundsdóttir’s show, the gallery asked Jochen Lempert to provide a contribution—a “background setting,” as the invitation flyer notes. The asymmetrical relationship between solo and sidekick worked out perfectly: The two artists’ standpoints, both of which involve

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