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02-13-12

Solo exhibition in Mumbai and Kochi, India "Sightseeing Trip. Eberhard Havekost in India"

Exhibition dates:

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum Mumbai:19 February – 1 April 2012 (opening ceremony on 18 February)
Durbar Hall, in association with the Kochi-Muziris Biennale Foundation and the Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi: 22 April – 27 May 2012 (opening ceremony on 21 April)

"Sightseeing Trip. Eberhard Havekost in India" is an art exhibition project organised by the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) as a contribution to the year “Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities”. In association with the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum Mumbai, as well as the Kochi-Muziris Biennale Foundation and the Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi, key works by the famous German artist Eberhard Havekost are going on show in Mumbai (19 February - 1 April 2012) and Kochi (22 April - 27 May 2012). The exhibition is based on the theme which is at the focus of the Year of Germany and India, namely “StadtRäume-CitySpaces”, and reflects on our ideas and images of urbanised life, which is being transformed at a breathtaking pace throughout the world. The exhibitions in India will include not only the thematically concentrated selection of 19 paintings but will also present, for the first time, the complete set of 113 offset prints which Eberhard Havekost created on the basis of his own photographs between 2001 and 2011.

For Eberhard Havekost the city is pivotal as a living space and as a realm of experience. Here he finds motifs and situations which reflect the urban lifestyle of a consumer society. But what does a city actually look like? What shapes our image of a city? Beyond the political, economic and social functions of cities, social order collides with the needs of individuals. Although each person moves in the city as part of a mass, he is nevertheless an individual observer. Likewise, Havekost utilises the city in his own way. His observations depict the various facets of urban development in a mixture of art and reality. He perceives the complex structures of city life in segmented form: facades, streets, cars, shop windows, passers-by. He is particularly interested in the optical quality of the surfaces and exteriors of the urban organism. Filtered through media and transformed into images, Havekost’s views of everyday life condense to form an inventory of current phenomena in architecture, design, mobility, communication, consumption and leisure, which are of remarkable universality. For although Havekost finds most of his motifs in Europe, his pictures are universally understandable as signifying modern civilisation. They offer Indian audiences – particularly in view of India’s rapidly developing economy and its burgeoning megacities – the chance to perceive their own living environment by comparing it with a pictorial world which may be unaccustomed but which is nevertheless accessible.

Eberhard Havekost is one of the world’s most important artists of his generation. He was born in Dresden in 1967 and studied Painting at the renowned Dresden Kunstakademie (Art Academy) from 1991 until 1996. For more than ten years now, his works have won international acclaim at numerous solo and group exhibitions. Major museums and important private collections (e.g. Tate Modern, MOCA L.A., Essl Museum, the Frieder Burda Collection and many more) have purchased his works. In 2010 he was appointed a Professor at the celebrated Kunsthochschule in Düsseldorf.

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