Matthias Mansen: Potsdamer Straße C, 2012 © André Longchamp, Genf

Everything is a cutout

Matthias Mansen: Potsdamer Strasse
26 january – 31 march 2019

 

At the beginning of the year 2019, works by Matthias Mansen, one of the world’s most famous contemporary engravers, are to be exhibited at the Orangerie of the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe.

 

Mansen was born in Ravensburg, studied at Karlsruhe’s Academy of the Fine Arts from 1978 to 1984 and has been living and working in Berlin for several decades. For his engravings, he mainly uses discarded wood that he finds in the city, such as floorboards which he considers “urban driftwood”.

 

As the title indicates, the exhibition Cutting to the chase. Matthias Mansen: Potsdamer Strasse is dedicated to one of Berlin’s main avenues: Potsdamer Strasse, a street that has seen a great deal of German history. Once a road leading to the royal palaces of Potsdam, it was the most heavily travelled street after the foundation of the German Empire. The Sportpalast and the Volksgerichtshof, two important buildings in the Nazi era, stood here as well, but Potsdamer Strasse progressively decayed after the partition of Berlin.