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// Untitled

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// I couldn't have made this

     work without you

// Südstadt

// Kill Your Darlings

// Flowers in black and

     white photography just

     turn into a shape without


// Ampel TV

// Daniel Buren

// Polaroidmannetjes

// Border of my maps






// Toast Treff


// Fenster 9

// PLUS Extracurricular

// Blooming Chongming


Curatorial Work



// If You're Happy

    Then You'll Know It

// Keys To The Kingdom

// Universality of


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Eight artworks by six different artists were destroyed.


The destroyed works of art were mixed with wall paint and then applied to the white walls of the exhibition space.

Kill your darlings. One of these statements you learn about in art school. But what does it actually mean to kill your darling?


In 1953 the young Robert Rauschenberg created one of his most famous artworks; Erased de Kooning Drawing. As the title already confirms, something was erased to give place to something new. Instead of holding on to his creation, Willem de Kooning understood the value of killing his darling. Or better said, let his darling be killed.


But what makes the deconstruction of an object so interesting? And why are we suddenly so interested in something, while we are not able to see the original anymore? The interchange of interest can be found in plenty of examples: the disfigured Christ fresco in Borja, Spain. The art theft of seven paintings from the Kunsthal Rotterdam, which were found back burned in an Romanian oven. Or the earlier mentioned erased De Kooning drawing. They all have in common that the public interest of the artworks raised after the artworks had been taken, destroyed or disfigured.



The act of change causes an immense fuss, since it creates an obstinately feeling of nostalgia. The feeling that the history of art has been wronged through these events leads the collective dismay. How could you erase an masterpiece (symbolic value) and deface someone's property (economical value)?


It is a complicated story. And not many people see it this way, but in fact the audience is asked to see with eyes unclouded. To let go of the past and embrace the future. The audience is asked to see this act of deconstruction not as vandalism, but as poetry.



Kill Your Darlings


In collaboration with:

Bernhard Balkenhol

Joel Baumann

Mathilde ter Heijne

Christian Philipp Müller

Bernhard Prinz

Florian Slotawa



LAGE Kassel