Volume III – Malte Zenses & Christina Lehnert

Volume III – Malte Zenses & Christina Lehnert

June 2021

For Volume III, Malte Zenses asked his friends Annika Henderson, Ricardo Domeneck, Joanna MacLean and Peter Brötzmann three questions:

Imagine one of these scenarios: a resource shortage, this pandemic, or global warming bring civilization to its knees: What does that look like to you? What will be important to you? And how would you feel as a human and as a survivor?

The answers of their sometimes short, poetic and narrative text contributions are basically human, ranging from F**k it, to reflections on childhood, human greed, and spinning out apocalyptic scenarios.

Furthermore, artist Albert Oehlen asked Malte Zenses questions about the processes of painting and how to begin painting – Malte begins with a Lobetaler-yogurt cup.

Apocalypse and routine, situation comedy and existential crisis – Malte Zenses' thinking and works revolve around these very real and very futuristic, very general and very individual themes in equal measure.

When Malte and I met in his studio, we talked about all of these things, but mostly his drawings spoke which we looked at for a long time and to which a large part of Volume III is dedicated.

It is important and perhaps necessary to ask these questions and make these images now to ignite a moment of humanity and humor.

Christina Lehnert

Volume III – Malte Zenses & Christina Lehnert

Sperling

all exhibits

Millionaire’s Chamber: A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part III with treasures by Franziska Nast, Sarah Ancelle Schönfeld, Hendrik-Jan Hunneman

16.07.202115.09.2021

For 11 years, Thomas Geiger has been selling stamped, signed and numbered certificates out of an edition of 1.000.000 – for 1 Euro each. The story of this performance begins in spring 2010, when he placed himself in a public space carrying a sign that read: I want to become a millionaire. The work became the economic backbone of his artistic practice; a regular source of capital for his projects (and sometimes just funding for his living expenses).

In recent years, Geiger’s purist certificates have themselves become a place for encounters between other artists’ work and his own. The so-called Artists Sheets are a growing collection of “aesthetically enhanced” Millionaire-Sheets made by fellow artists. This follows a tradition that has its roots in the beginning of the 20th century. Under the influence of Jugendstil and the Arts & Crafts movement, industrials engaged artists to illustrate their companies’ shares in order to enhance their value through this artistic addition.

Successively the latest of these Artists Sheets will be on display during one year in the Millionaire's Chamber, which is located, (well secured), in the basement of the gallery. The third three contributions are by Franziska Nast, Sarah Ancelle Schönfeld and Hendrik-Jan Hunneman.

Part I with treasures by Talisa Lallai, Maya Rochat, SUZANNE, 15.05.–14.06.2021

Part II with treasures by Na Kim, Neven Allgeier and Anna Paul, 15.06.–14.07.2021

Part III with treasures by Franziska Nast, Sarah Ancelle Schönfeld and Hendrik-Jan Hunneman, 16.07.–15.09.2021

Thomas Geiger, I want to become a millionaire, since 2010
Exhibition view: "Millionaire’s Chamber" A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, photo: Sebastian Kissel
Exhibition view: "Millionaire’s Chamber" A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, photo: Sebastian Kissel
"Millionaire’s Chamber" A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part II with treasures by Neven Allgeier, Na Kim, Anna Paul, photo: Sebastian Kissel
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part III, Artist's Sheet by Franziska Nast
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part III, Artist's Sheet by Sarah Ancelle Schönfeld
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part III, Artist's Sheet by Hendrik-Jan Hunneman
Installation view: "Millionaire’s Chamber" A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part II with treasures by Neven Allgeier, Na Kim, Anna Paul, photo: Sebastian Kissel
Installation view: "Millionaire’s Chamber" A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part II with treasures by Neven Allgeier, Na Kim, Anna Paul, photo: Sebastian Kissel
Installation view: "Millionaire’s Chamber" A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part II with treasures by Neven Allgeier, Na Kim, Anna Paul, photo: Sebastian Kissel
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part II, Artist's Sheet by Na Kim
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part II, Artist's Sheet by Neven Allgeier
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part II, Artist's Sheet by Anna Paul
Installation view: “Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part 1 with treasures by Talisa Lallai, Maya Rochat, SUZANNE
Installation view: “Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part 1 with treasures by Talisa Lallai, Maya Rochat, SUZANNE
Installation view: “Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part 1 with treasures by Talisa Lallai, Maya Rochat, SUZANNE
Installation view: “Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part 1 with treasures by Talisa Lallai, Maya Rochat, SUZANNE
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part I, Artist's Sheet by Talisa Lallai
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part I, Artist's Sheet by Maya Rochat
“Millionaire’s Chamber” A 1-year project by Thomas Geiger, Part I, Artist's Sheet by SUZANNE