Wirtschaft und Religion - Ablasshandel vs. Bankenrettung

Wirtschaft und Religion -
Ablasshandel vs. Bankenrettung oder die Frage nach Maß und Vernunft

ERÖFFNUNG: 31.10.2013 um 19 Uhr | DAUER 01.10. – 01.11.2013 | KÜNSTLER: Konstantin Bayer / Benedikt Braun / Enrico Freitag / Julia Scorna / MichaL Schmidt / Daniel Caleb Thompson / Lars Wild
. // Wieder realisiert die Galerie Eigenheim eine Ausstellung mit historischem Bezug. War es im letzten Jahr die Ausstellung Systemisch & Methamorph - 70 Jahre Beuys in Weimar, setzen wir uns in diesem Jahr im Rahmen der Lutherdekade zeitgenössisch künstlerisch mit Wirtschaft und Religion und in diesem Bezug mit Ablasshandel vs. Bankenrettung auseinander.

Hier versuchen wir zwischen historischen und aktuellen gesellschaftlichen Handlungsmustern parallelen aufzugreifen um die Frage nach Moral und Glauben heute zu stellen. Das der Mensch damals wie heute um Schuld und Sühne ringt ist dabei kein Geheimnis. In Vorbereitung zur Ausstellung fand in den Räumlichkeiten der Galerie eine Tagung statt, zu welcher, mit Theologen und Wirtschaftswissenschaftlern, Philosophen und Künstlern, Übereinstimmungen zwischen dem Glauben an das System der freien Marktwirtschaft, der Rettung der Banken zur Wirtschaftskrise, und den von Martin Luther angeprangerten Ablassbriefhandel der Kirche diskutiert wurden. Als Ergebnis dieser entstand ein Zeitdokument in Form einer Mitschrift der Diskussion als Buch welches zur Eröffnung eingesehen werden kann. Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Kulturstiftung des Freistaats Thüringen.

ECONOMICS AND RELIGION - indulgences vs. bank bailout or the question of moderation and rationality
Global and regional events and relationships are subjected to concepts which have foreseeable consequences. In this exhibition Konstantin Bayer refers extensively on concepts, their interrelationships and consequences. The interaction between man and nature, between the system and the individual as well as the exploitative nature of self-realization, are building even a broad clamp for his content. Among other things he seeks the proximity to the Chinese culture, is formulating his own statements to Haikou verse, is freely adapting quotations by Lu Xun, expressing mental games in media installations, creating individual objects out of plastic mass products and gives the Shanghainese public an forum for an open word in video works. Despite the concern for opportunism some statements are simple, snappy and sometimes made without hesitation, even out of curiosity about the reaction. For simplicity and clarity, some of these statements act as a good starting point for discussion and understandable debate. A light-footed handling of the contemporary understanding of art, always mixed with a thoughtful critical connotation is thereby part of his work. Far-reaching ideas are sketched and formulated short, some philosophical questions addressed playful, perhaps to leave room for thoughts, perhaps the awareness of his own unconsciousness relating to global events.
At this point one can point out a body of work that, alleged and modified, focuses on the so called 10 biggest problems of China which were published in relevant media and part of the exhibition: the demographic change, social injustice, environmental problems, the treatment of minorities, corruption, housing bubble … to name just a few. Eventually these problems are not only China typical but of global nature … all of these „problems“ are consequenses caused by concepts of our zeitgeist which are at least easy to designate. So why should we not just grasp them on their roots? - is a question Bayer is asking. Even artistic concepts are subjected to inevitable consequences such as the question of success or failure, or clearly named in reference to China, freedom or imprisonment. Which artistic concepts are needed in an increasingly sophisticated world? Which consequences can be expected of the art in relation to current events? Much can not be said and done here in China. Let us at the end simply uncommented point out again the question about corellation of concepts and consequences in terms of art.