In celebration of the Neue Nationalgalerie sBerlin’s fiftieth anniversary, the gallery has released Die Ausstellungen –– Neue Nationalgalerie 1968-2015. The publication features 500 impressive and largely unknown images, of which Fabian Knecht’s 2014 action-based work, FREISETZUNG, is documented. The book’s inclusion of Knecht’s work highlights the museum’s unique exhibition history.
The Neue Nationalgalerie is dedicated to art of the twenty-first century displayed in architecture luminary Mies van der Rohe’s last major construction. Displaying selections from the Nationalgalerie’s diverse collection, van der Rohe designed the space to be fluid and open, where it now stands celebrating its fiftieth birthday.
When the Neue Nationalgalerie was built in 1968, it stood on what then existed as West Berlin. It has since seen the fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification that followed, and the capital city’s cultural transformation well into the 21st century. Once left to exist in an abandoned wasteland, the Neue Nationalgalerie now stands in the pounding heart of the city.
FREISETZUNG’s documentation was also included in Nite Art 2017. Knecht upholds the belief that art functions as a means to break power and authority. His art takes a provocative and convention-defying course, perfectly wedging its way into the narratives of both Nite Art and the Neue Nationalgalerie.
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