Almine Rech Gallery, one of Paris’s foremost galleries, opened its first New York location more than a year ago on the Upper East Side, bringing with it a unique program that mixes a strong artist roster with a consistently adventurous curatorial project. For its most recent venture, the gallery has brought together key figures from the canon of 20th century Western art for Words Without Thoughts Never to Heaven Go. Adapting its title from a line in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the exhibition investigates ways artists use text as an allegorical element. Serving as a chronological and thematic starting point to the exhibition is Être ou ne pas être, Picasso’s 1912 painting considered as one of the foremost examples of appropriation of text in modern painting. Declaring “to be or not be” in French with gouache on paper, Picasso not only pays homage to one of the most emblematic texts ever written, but he also questions the mimetic essence of a painting. Can a painting of words serve to depict an image?
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Galerie Max Hetzler
Oudenarder Str. 16-20
The Max Hetzler gallery is one of the largest and oldest in Berlin. It consists of three different exhibition spaces that each show different artists. It shows top quality pieces by well known contemporary artists. It was previously located in West Berlin, but now sits in the eastern part of the city near to what used to be the Berlin Wall. This location is ideal, as East Berlin is often compared with the bohemian Greenwich Village in New York City. Both are cultural centers brimming with creativity and art.