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Raab Gallery was founded in former West-Berlin in 1978. For 23 years working in a Bauhaus building at Potsdamer Brücke with five meter high walls, it soon became famous for showing huge works by young Berlin artists like Elvira Bach, Rainer Fetting, Markus Lüpertz and K.h Hödicke. At the time it as well proofed to be a meeting point for emerging internantional artists such as Enzo Cucchi and Ernesto Tatafiore from Italy, Michel Alberola and Gerard Garouste from France, Donald Sultan and Chuck Close from the United States or Christopher le Brun from Great Britian, to name a few. After the wall went down Raab Galerie extended its Portfolio with an Artist from east germany: Hubertus Giebe, former master student of Bernard Heisig and lecturer at Kunstakademie Dresden. Street Art became an important issue for the last ten years, starting with by now internationaly well known berlin based Artist EL Bocho. While artists like Harald Klemm and Thomas Baumgärtel from Cologne close a gap between classical forms of artistic representation and new techniques with their stencil sprayed cavases, Raab Galerie also shows SKENAR73, a true graffiti writer. Since the gallery always strives to encurage new tendencies, plenty of group exhibitions have shown that street art and graffiti found their well deserved place in the canon of high quality contemporary art. Raab Gallery remains young and international to the day, with artists from Austria like Nina Maron and the sculpturer Martin Krammer as well as the next generation of Pop Artists such as Nuno Raminhos (Portugal), Ewen Gur (France) or Phillip Wolf (Spain). These western artists get complimented by South Korean Seoul based star artist Mari Kim, who shows that east asian art means in no way an opposition to western aesthetics but rather inspirational exchange, which her current solo exhibition IMMORTAL BELOVED shows.

current exibition:  MARI KIM - Immortal Beloved (11.09.20 - 31.10.20)


This exhibition of new works by Mari Kim is a cheerful dialog with modern masters and the latest developments in modern painting. The starting point is clearly defined: „ no matter if you are from the East or West, the eyes are the windows to your mind“. To prove that this is valid when it comes to painting, she starts an encounter of her own creations with portraits of the last century. Portraits are one of the three central domains within painting. Looking at a portrait, we are looking into the eyes of the represented person.

That is why our first, the visual step into Mari Kim‘s unique Eastern Eyes creations is so exciting. These eyes shine the way to Mari Kim‘s personal reflection and research of modern art history. It is not only about the impact of times and people‘s multifaceted fates. It may be about the failure of modern ideas because of the times- like Neue Sachlichkeit failed and is revisited by Mari Kim in an almost tender approach. If you look at Mari Kim‘s attempt to reinvigorate Otto Dix, the result is not only of our time but it is refreshing, beautiful and as if people represented in the works were given a second better chance. New inventions are of interest to Mari Kim, her paintings are an attempt to look at these not as if they had happened a long time ago but are in process: We meet the Russian Erte in New York to celebrate art deco there at its higth. We could change the existance of Manhattan Mary, a cook that Erte painted, who infected her guests by the thyphus virus. We would meet the Tchech Mucha in Paris and get to kwow his graphic design of the theatre star Sarah Bernard. A lasting memory of times in an uproar is surrealism, among its most prominent artists Rene Magritte. He made a portrait of Stephy Langue, the wife of the art historian, who after world war tracked down art works stolen by Nazi thieves and brought these back to Belgium. Stephy‘s portrait by Magritte is painted upside down. While painters for centuries turned their work upside down to test whether the composition is right, painters in the 20th century express the absurdity of reality by turning the motive upside down. This new creation is a masterpiece, not only if we judge the eyes of Stephy upside down as the old masters would have done. It is no clash of cultures to watch Mari Kim‘s doll eyed woman sitting in Hopper‘s hotel room, whoever she is, the feeling she gives to the viewer is touching and therefor a strong signal how important these art works are to our perception. Finally the revered American artist Richard Prince and his Nurse pictures are dear to Mari Kim. Prince has been rephotographing images ( in this case covers of case pulp romance novels) to raise the question of what lasts. There is more to it however, if another generation of artists appropriates a theme, than it seems to me that this still is about eterntity, as long as we are ready to preserve it.

Finally these art works are extremely beautiful, because they deal with wonderful people who are ready to cope with the times they are experiencing. Mari Kim shares her affection with artists who have already honoured personalities of courage, creativity and devotion. She can approach all these items, as essentially she is an outstanding young artist of universal standing and we are proud to know her and to be able to work for her.

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