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2000, 2018

mixed media installation

Why is it easier to find a wavy mirror today than a straight one? Henrike Naumann brings together a contemporary historical archeology of the legacies of postmodernism in Germany. What makes the ubiquity of copied postmodern designs what it is, and why is it so common in German everyday life? What social effects did the post-1990 postmodern construction boom have on the lives of people in what was once socialist East Germany? Is it possible to radicalize yourself through furniture? And what was that about the Expo 2000 in Hanover, the one whose senior organizer—former President of the Treuhand Agency—had been tasked with reprivatizing East German enterprises just a few years before?

Naumann takes the millenium changeover year as a starting point for a look at the 1990s in East and West Germany and the after-effects of postmodern design on German society. Based on her reflections, the Abteiberg Museum’s large, temporary exhibition space is transformed into a curious “German Pavilion”—an excavation site in which the ruins of postmodernism and German unification are exposed. The exhibition occupies the space between museum, trade fair stand, concept store, living room and ruin.

Expo 2000 and Terror 2000, Treuhand and Love Parade, former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and techno DJ Dr. Motte, Generation Golf and German furniture retailer Möbel Höffner—it’s a German-German pavilion filled with objects and pieces of furniture selected subjectively and emotionally: from the artist’s archive, Exposeeum in Hanover and the living rooms of Mönchengladbach. Her video works, produced using both analogue and digital video formats, lie in the room like rubble from a near past, the antique clay fragments of our time.

Henrike Naumann, Fun 2000, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
Henrike Naumann, Fun 2000, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
Henrike Naumann, Fun 2000, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
Henrike Naumann, Fun 2000, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
Henrike Naumann, Fun 2000, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
Henrike Naumann, Fun 2000, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
Henrike Naumann, Fun 2000, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
Henrike Naumann, Fun 2000, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
Henrike Naumann, Fun 2000, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
Henrike Naumann, Fun 2000, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
Henrike Naumann, Fun 2000, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
Henrike Naumann, Fun 2000, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
Henrike Naumann, Fun 2000, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
Henrike Naumann, Fun 2000, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
Henrike Naumann, Fun 2000, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
Henrike Naumann, Fun 2000, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
Henrike Naumann, Fun 2000, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
Henrike Naumann, Fun 2000, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
Henrike Naumann, Fun 2000, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
Henrike Naumann, Fun 2000, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf

Mixed media installation (consisting of various furniture, various props, video,color, sound), 15:34 min

Henrike Naumann, Traueraltar Deutsche Einheit, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
Henrike Naumann, Traueraltar Deutsche Einheit, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf

Mixed media installation (consisting of various furniture, various props)

Henrike Naumann, Hundertwasser, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
Henrike Naumann, Hundertwasser, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf

Mixed media installation (consisting of various furniture, various props, video,color, sound), 0:19 min

Henrike Naumann, Rolf, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
Henrike Naumann, Rolf, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf

Mixed media installation (consisting of various furniture, various props)

Henrike Naumann, Das Reich, 2018, mixed media installation, exhibition view Museum Abteiberg, Photo by Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf

Mixed media installation (consisting of various furniture, various props, video,4:3, color, sound), 13:21 min

Exhibition views and text: Museum Abteiberg, photos: Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf

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Henrike Naumann

Henrike Naumann was born 1984 in Zwickau (GDR). Growing up in Eastern Germany, Naumann experienced extreme-right ideology as a predominant youth culture in the 90s. Her work reflects on the history of the right-wing terrorism in Germany as well as on today‘s broad acceptance of racist ideas. She looks at the mechanisms of radicalization and how they are linked to personal experience and youth culture. Nauman explores the friction of contrary political opinion through the ambivalence of personal aesthetic taste. In her immersive installations she combines video and sound with scenographic spaces. In recent years she widened her focus to the global connectivity of youth cultures and the reversion of cultural othering. Notable exhibitions include the ’3rd. Herbstsalon’ at Maxim Gorki Theatre Berlin, ’The Museum of Trance’ at the 4th Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince (Haiti), ’Intercouture’ at the Musée d’Art Contemporain et Multimédias de l’Echangeur in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo) and ‚Aufbau Ost‘ at Galerie Wedding, Berlin. Henrike Naumann lives and works in Berlin.



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