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Overview

A dance of colors, fabrics, and bodies occurs in Ulla von Brandenburg's new artworks, which span an arc in the exhibition space - from the Weimar years to the present, from modernism to contemporary art. At the center of the series by the Paris-based artist, shown here for the first time, is her film “Blaue und Gelbe Schatten” (Blue and Yellow Shadows), which explores the origins and effects of color. Text fragments from Goethe’s Theory of Colors meet experimental sound colors and bodies, interacting lustfully in the wild. In three acts, the film allows movement and color to merge, with the latter becoming the protagonist itself. Inspired by the radical eroticism of the “absolute dancers”, Ulla von Brandenburg continues her long- standing exploration of the interplay between body, space, and materiality. In opposition to the topos of historical tableaux, her film celebrates physicality beyond ideals of youth. Installed in Kolbe’s large studio, the artist’s work assumes its characteristically spacious form....

A dance of colors, fabrics, and bodies occurs in Ulla von Brandenburg's new artworks,
which span an arc in the exhibition space - from the Weimar years to the present, from modernism
to contemporary art. At the center of the series by the Paris-based artist, shown here for the first time,
is her film “Blaue und Gelbe Schatten” (Blue and Yellow Shadows), which explores the origins and
effects of color. Text fragments from Goethe’s Theory of Colors meet experimental sound colors and
bodies, interacting lustfully in the wild. In three acts, the film allows movement and color to merge,
with the latter becoming the protagonist itself.

Inspired by the radical eroticism of the “absolute dancers”, Ulla von Brandenburg continues her long-
standing exploration of the interplay between body, space, and materiality. In opposition to the topos

of historical tableaux, her film celebrates physicality beyond ideals of youth. Installed in Kolbe’s large
studio, the artist’s work assumes its characteristically spacious form. The walk-in staging of colorful
fabric panels and objects, whose color concept runs pictorially through the entire show, is constantly

re-staged by the architectural lighting. Complementing the installations is a performance, the film doc-
umentation of which will be integrated into the exhibition later.

Ulla von Brandenburg’s series was developed especially for the Georg Kolbe Museum and produced
in cooperation with the event “Le Voyage à Nantes,” where it will be shown after the exhibition ends.
In the course of “Der absolute Tanz” (The Absolute Dance), the second instalment of the “SCULPTURE
Festival,” whose inaugural event took place in Sept. 2020, can hopefully be held at the museum.

Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin

Sensburger Allee 25, 14055 Berlin, Germany

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