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Marcus Jansen – New Horizons at Museum Zitadelle Berlin
10 February – 15 April 2018
Opening: Friday 9 February, 7:00 p.m
After various Museum exhibits over the last twenty years in the United States, Europe and Asia, Jansen's first official Museum Introduction in Europe was by the La Triennale di Milano Museum in Milan, Italy and in Asia by the Taiwan Museum of Fine Art in Taiwan. Jansen now presents his work for the first time in a one-man Museum show in Germany. An extensive selection of his oil paintings on canvas and paper will be shown under the title “Marcus Jansen | New Horizons. Mit den Waffen der Malerei” in Bastion Kronprinz at the Citadel in Berlin from February 10 through April 15.
Marcus Jansen is regarded as the inventor and pioneer of Modern Urban Expressionism. Dr. Manfred Schneckenburger, the director of documenta in 1977 and 1987, recently commended him as “one of the most important American painters of his generation.” Jansen himself describes his painting as a type of warfare: “Painting is the most intimate act of war.”
Raised bilingually by his German father and his West Indian mother, Marcus Jansen went to school in Germany. He was active on the graffiti scene in Germany in the 1980s and afterwards met WEST ONE in New York and referenced Jean-Michel Basquiat. In the late 1990s, Jansen developed his unmistakable Neoexpressionist “Crossover” style, which harks back to German Expressionism and alludes to Robert Rauschenberg’s “Combine Paintings.”
Jansen’s artworks portray a world that has come unhinged. Fragments of landscapes, ruined buildings and isolated figures contrast with an abstract background of coarse brushstrokes. In his frequently large-format paintings, Jansen transforms the traumata of the Iraq War, in which he participated as GI, and takes a critical stance toward the conflicts of our era. It remains unclear whether new horizons will open up in these post-apocalyptic scenarios.
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