WORKS 2010 - 2014
IKONEN 1999 - 2005
LANDSCHAFTEN 2001 - 2007
BLESSUR 1996 - 1999
KRUX 1996 - 1999
EPIDEMIEN 1992 - 1996
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Last exhibition byat Bernhard Knaus Fine Art:
WHEN CONDITION THEN INSTRUCTION
April 03 - Juli 31, 2014
A catalogue and a limited edition is available
In his second solo exhibition IF CONDITION THEN INSTRUCTION at Bernhard Knaus Fine Art the Hamburg based artist Bernhard Prinz presents new works from the
last three years.
Prinz's images of buildings, nature studies and still
life taken in different places in Europe elude in their variety and diversity an
immediate reading. Forms of expression and norms of behavior, gestures,
transmission patterns and sign systems are disclosed as diverse aesthetic and
cultural influences only in contrasting juxtaposition in the specific situation
of the installation in the gallery space. Behind the surface of the supposedly
known new insights can be gained, that revel in subtile humor and
The title of the exhibition IF CONDITION THEN INSTRUCTION comes
from computer programming. It refers to a control section of the program which
is executed only under a certain condition. A branch determines which of two
program sections is performed, depending on one or more conditions. This
demonstrates the dependency of action or fact on certain conditions. The image
of one of the central works in the exhibition shows the vaulted ceiling of
King's College Chapel in Cambridge, which at first glance reminds the viewer of
computer animation and not a real existing architecture. In a figurative sense
the conditional tense of the title refers to predestination or memento mori - an
image that is formed via confrontation or combination of different designs and
Furthermore, the title can be seen as motto for the copmplex of
ideas the artist had in mind, while developping the exhibition: beauty,
transience, cultural development, destruction and transcendence.
Prinz, born in 1953 in Fürth, studied art history and painting in Erlangen and
Nuremberg. He has become internationally known for his photographic portraits.
These are reduced to essential generalized forms, that are reminiscent rather of
classical paintings than of photographs.
Prinz has gained numerous prizes
and awards since he appeared in the international artscene in the early 1980s.
He presented his series of works - some with installation elements - in numorous
solo and group exhibitions such as documenta8 Kassel (1987), Serpentine Gallery,
London (1988) , Vienna Secession (1990), Hamburger Kunsthalle (1996), Museum
Folkwang Essen (2003).