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View of “Painting Forever! Keilrahmen,” 2013.

“Painting Forever! Keilrahmen

KW Institute for Contemporary Art

View of “Painting Forever! Keilrahmen,” 2013.

Looking at the list of participants in the exhibition “Keilrahmen” (Stretcher Frame), you would expect a decent survey of painting from present-day Berlin. Among the seventy-four names on the checklist were artists as varied as Armin Boehm, Willem de Rooij, Rainer Fetting, Anton Henning, Olaf Holzapfel, Maja Körner, and Anne Neukamp. The show was part of the manifestation “Painting Forever!” in four Berlin institutions: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlinische Galerie, Neue Nationalgalerie, and Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, each presenting its own angle on painting. KW chose to present one painting each by a variety of artists who are (or used to be) based in Berlin.

Entering the spacious hall of KW’s lower ground floor, the viewer was immediately aware that this was not an informative survey but something more like a curator’s solo piece. KW director Ellen Blumenstein chose to

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