Thirty years are a long time in the art business, especially in Berlin, where – with our contemporary view – everything seemingly started in the nineties. Surely that is not true and Berlin has been the Hub for visual and arts in general in Germany many times, not only before WWII. The Printing Press „Tabor Presse Berlin„, founded 1982\83 in Kreuzberg, at first in the Kunsthaus Bethanien, celebrates its 30th birthday these days in the communal project space „Alte Feuerwache“ in Friedrichshain with a grand overview on their work since the beginning. Thirty years, that means not only a hell lot of wirks to choose from, that also means an enormous variety in style, technique and approach on the craft of printing, ranging from Aquatinta to Lithographie to Woodcuts. Although probably not as popular as it once has been in Germany, prints are in my view one of the most interesting and probably most underestimated works in art. They struggle with the original as being seen as the holy grail for the collector, which is actually astonishing given the art history of the last sixty years and the proclaimed negating of the „one“ original by many avantgarde movements like Fluxus and artists as Andy Warhol.
If you manage to have a look at the exhibition (and i really advise anyone to do so), you can expect works from Berlin painter stars from the early 80ies as Elvira Bach (one of the Jungen Wilden), from grandmasters of GDR painting like Wolfgang Mattheuer and nowadays art heros like Jonathan Meese, not to mention all the not so famous artists being part of the exhibition.
For those interested also in the craft of printing there is a selection of tools you work with and a prepared Lithography stone on display. If you are interested in prints as a collector, have a look at the „Tabor Presse Berlins“ shop website. Fresh in the program is the annual print calendar (2014) with twelve prints by twelve artists, also being around for over twenty years now. A nice christmas present if your Budget allows it.
Now there is only one thing left to say: Happy Birthday, Tabor Presse Berlin!
„Die Spur der Steine“ (the track of the stones)
30 Years Tabor Presse Berlin
until january 31st
Tuesday to Saturday 14.00 to 19.00
Alte Feuerwache Friedrichshain
Machlewskistraße 6\10243 Berlin