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In memory of Max Liebermann’s roof studio, the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor annually presents a series of contemporary artists in the Liebermann studio. In the rebuilt Max Liebermann Haus on Pariser Platz, the exhibition series is reminiscent of Max Liebermann’s famous roof studio. The focus is therefore on the process of artistic creation, which the theme then becomes: What inspires artistic creation? What does the work in the studio look like? What does studio mean today? Daniel Richter/Jack Bilbo and Wolfang Petrick were shown in 2017. Leiko Ikemura followed in spring 2018 and Nanne Meyer in autumn 2018.

In 2019 the video artist Bjørn Melhus (*1966) will be a guest at the Max Liebermann Haus. As part of the exhibition series, he provides an insight into the creative processes of a studio practice of the moving image. The exhibition title in Liebermann’s studio: “Bjørn Melhus. HOT SET” refers to a term from the film’s language and refers to a film set that is ready to be shot and in which nothing more can be changed. Bjørn Melhus appropriates this term in order to focus the exhibition on the set, i.e. the recording process itself, as a studio. The studio becomes a film set – or the film set, in all other places, becomes a mobile studio. From 23 August to 20 October 2019, Melhus will be giving the public intimate insights into the creative process of his works for the first time. On show will be unpublished material, photos, drawings and outtakes from almost three decades.

In his videos and installations, Melhus is always his own protagonist – gender-spanning, sometimes human, sometimes animal. Over the past 25 years, Melhus has slipped into more than 90 different roles, which have been captured photographically in the so-called Headshots and can be seen in their entirety in the exhibition. What at first glance seems funny and absurd is multi-layered and extremely serious. With his form of exaggerated processing of found footage material from film, television and online channels, he analyzes and comments on the interrelations between mass media and society.

Stiftung Brandenburger Tor

Pariser Platz 7

10117 Berlin



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