Next Generation— Young German Art
Sep 15 - Oct 31, 2017

Press Release

As one of the key projects of art and culture exchange in celebrating the 45th anniversary of Sino-German friendship, the exhibition “Deutschland 8: Deutsche Kunst in China” is considered as a returning gift since the 2015 exhibition, “China 8 – Contemporary Chinese art” in the Rhine and Rhur region. In the post-war era of the Twentieth Century, the arts and culture of Germany have seen significant developments and achievements, this exhibition demonstrates contemporary art as a universal visual language has transcendental qualities in cross-cultural and cross-regional communication, by which to invent new model and framework for the cultural and social exchange between two nations.

Whitebox Art Center is honored to participate in “Deutschland 8: Deutsche Kunst in China”, organized by the Central Academy of Fine Arts and Stiftung für Kunst und Kulture.V. , curated by Fan Di’an, the principal of the Central Academy of Fine Arts and Walter Smerling, chairman of the Bonn Art and Culture Foundation. “Deutschland 8” marks the first edition of “Future Generation: Young German Art” will open on September 15, at 11 a.m. at the Whitebox Art Center. Mr. Sun Yongzeng, the director of the Whitebox Art Center will serve as the curator of this exhibition, to present six representative contemporary artists of the young generation from Germany. They are: Alicja Kwade, David Schnell, Michael Sailstorfer, Matthias Weischer, Jorinde Voigt and Sebastian Riemer. The works on view include painting, photography, installation and various artistic mediums and forms. These works are rooted in the global vision and adventurous spirit to experiment with contemporary art in the age of infinite amount of information today, while integrating their critiques and reflections on history and reality in their contemporary art practices.

Alicja Kwade's artistic output appears to inhabit its own universe, and focuses on questions relating to reality, values, time and space, as well as their perception and construction. The notion that, in addition to our own reality, others exist in parallel is an inspiration for her. In order to render her ideas experiential, the artist avails herself of a diverse range of media and techniques, ranging from photography and film, sculpture to expansive spatial installations. Often she transforms quotidian objects and consumer items into intriguing arrangements and, in so doing, explores both intelligently and playfully the interaction of ideas and imagination.


Sebastian Riemer's photographic methodology is characterised by an analytical and "archeological" approach. Starting with a found or a historical reality, he fashions images, which, by means of enlargement, intensification or colour inversion, he uses to reveal concealed structures and planes of reality, rather than merely represent.


Michael Sailstorfer applies everyday materials, which by means of deconstruction and reconfiguration, he fashions into works, which interrogate the conventional concept of sculpture and space, and offer new developmental possibilities within an altered setting. The tension between the potential of the deconstruction and the rearrangement inspires the observer to think beyond the realms of the possible, and consequently to re-negotiate the boundaries of art.


A representative of the "New Leipzig School", David Schnell has devoted himself in his artistic output to updating the classical landscape painting in the digital age. With the aid of pixels, encryption and perspectival alignment, he transforms his paintings into landscapes from cyberspace. These transport the observer into virtual pictorial worlds, which appear to conform to their own inner logic.


Jorinde Voigt is an investigative artist. In her drawings and paintings she delves deep into terminology, processes and phenomena, and, inspired by literature and music, transforms her observations into a highly aesthetic and fascinating formal vocabulary. In music she has discovered a time-based structure, which is capable of transporting individual and emotional content into her work.


Spaces devoid of people - in a house or embedded within a landscape - this is the principal theme characterising the work of Matthias Weischer. Often appearing bleak and lonely, the collage-like interiors featured in his paintings are peppered with everyday domestic items. To the observer, the scene may appear familiar and alien at the same time. What are these objects telling us about the owner? The decorative pictorial worlds of Matthias Weischer can be read as intelligent mind games interrogating the relationship between painting and reality.

 “Next Generation: Young German Art” presented at Whitebox Art Centre, encompasses the artistic practices that have been influenced by the academic fruitions in post-war Germany, as well as those undergoing experimentation and development. It is a rare opportunity for this young generation of German artists to exhibit their works in China, which provides a system of reference for the Chinese artists in their own art practices. This exhibition will be on view until October 31, 2017. 


    Alicja Kwade、David Schnell、Michael Sailstorfer、Matthias Weischer、Jorinde Voigt、Sebastian Riemer

Installation View


  • Attraction of Conservative Forces (2) wood brass glass steel copper Aluminum MDF 20-piece 250 x 250 x 250cm 2011
  • The Beat stainless steel brass 105 x 600 x 108cm 2017
  • Taxa-Dilation IV-VI [TBC] Jura-Marble steel wood varnish each 130 x 60 x 60cm 2017
  • Meadow oil on canvas 170 x 300cm 2008
  • Play oil on canvas 200 x 140cm 2017
  • Lagoon oil on canvas 120 x 180cm 2012
  • Petrus Christus oil on canvas 210 x 360cm 2015
  • Valley oil on canvas 50 x 66cm 2015
  • Untitled Pulp painting on canvas 121 x 126 5cm 2016
  • Fries oil on canvas 50 x 65cm 2015
  • Burner 05 Steel paint wood 150 x 180 x 474cm 2017
  • Cloud 2 hoses for truck tires 80 x60 x30cm 2002
  • DGHF C-Print mounted on aluminium metal frame 99 x 132cm 2015
  • HOAP C-Print framed 82 x 98cm 2014
  • LSMK C-Print metal frame 81 x 104cm 2015
  • SZDT C-Print metal frame 117 x 63cm 2015
  • WNNM C-Print mounted on aluminium metal frame 100 x 78cm 2015
  • Song of Earth Chapter IV The Farewell 141 x 200cm x 3 2016

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