Manfred Schneider, Helio Trope Sleep; Livingstone Gallery, The Hague

Livingstone Gallery has a modest but interesting presentation of an installation and mainly text works by Manfred Schneider (1959).

The phrases in the text works seem to be a hotchpotch of disconnected profundities and ironic remarks, splinters of the human condition.

(IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WE MAKE OURSELVES PRETTY)

Of two bigger paintings one has phrases in the first-person singular and the other in the third-person singular, commenting artists’ life.

(LOVE IS COLDER THAN DEATH)

Modest as the exhibition is, the idea of language and its meaning and feeling expands from the purely visual language of the installation, along the paintings to a video in which jokes about artists are told in two different ways.

© Villa Next Door 2019

Contents of all photographs courtesy to Manfred Schneider and to Livingstone Gallery, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters

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