The exhibition "MOTHER" by Jonathan Meese and Tal R was shown 8 October 2005 - 8 January 2006
In “MOTHER”, the German artist Jonathan Meese (b. 1970) joined his Danish colleague Tal R (b. 1967) in treating the concepts of ‘mother’ through varying media, materials, and narratives. A productive chaos of sculpture, photography and paintings; all framed by a separate space within the exhibition space: A giant, startling, pink fortress. Usually fortresses ooze power and masculinity, but this fortress is painted pink, incontestable sign of femininity. The scene is set, and one can imagine that MOTHER is located somewhere within this ambivalence.
The visitors were met by a pink fortress which took up the entire space from floor to ceiling and wall to wall. This monstrous structure, both protective and suffocating, heralds the complex and often baroque concepts of the MOTHER that emerge within and amongst the many works. Here, abstract and figurative pieces commingle to comment on the fundamental conditions and changes which have a bearing on our relations with the mother figure throughout the many stages of life.