Neon X Real | Ping Pong
03.03.2023 - 30.04.2023
Rolf Biebl und Harald K. Schulze
Neon X Real
Neon X Real in Leipzig
Dynamic and whipping like the crack of a plastic ball on a table, the new exhibition “PING PONG” by Neon X Real symbolizes the creative exchange between the artists. Harald K. Schulze and Rolf Biebl are, first and foremost, passionate about provocation.
Formerly NEON REAL, today Neon X Real: The former trio is exhibiting together in Leipzig without Clemens Gröszer, who passed away in 2014. In 1981, the collective allied against the GDR art doctrine and decided to provoke. In their manifesto, they defiantly exclaimed “We don’t eat art fertilizer!” and at the same time invoked: “Embody your counterpart with the name NEON REAL”.
Deformed, out of place, drastic, the three artists placed people beyond idealization at the center of their attention – and shocked. Fleshiness, eroticism, bare physicality – the eye should linger on this. Against beautification and for a little more ugly truth.
In “PING PONG”, Neon X Real have also retained their bite and put people back in their imperfect, crooked frames. A loving act that can be painfully honest.
Harald K. Schulze shows in his colorful paintings outsiders of the night, whom he pulls from the margins of society into a surrealist spotlight. Rolf Biebl transforms human sculptures into carriers of emotions, which sometimes get out of balance or have already fallen out of the frame. In a psychoplastic manipulation, they oscillate between realism and expressionism and invite us to recognize ourselves. Both artists walk a tightrope between Kafkaesque tragedy and the mockery of the disappointed from behind: a bit coarse and critically rough, but with love for detail and for their figures.
Even though Clemens Gröszer is no longer physically present, he is always emotionally at the table. Together, the artists put their finger in the wound, raise their rackets to serve the ping-pong ball: Short, hard, crisp – right in the face, but with a slight wink. Because sometimes you just have to let it crack.
(By Sonja Gatterwe)
03.03.2023 – 30.04.2023
Do – Sa 14 – 18 Uhr oder nach Vereinbarung
SIGNIFICANT EXHIBITION ACTIVITIES
Since the 1980s, Harald K. Schulze and Rolf Biebl have been presenting their art at an international and national level, and they are represented in many important art and cultural institutions.
Biebl has already shown his work several times in the National Gallery in Berlin and has participated in exhibitions in Mexico, France and the Netherlands.
Schulze has already exhibited in galleries in France, Denmark and Italy. In Germany, his works are represented in prestigious institutions such as the Brandenburg Ministry of Culture and the Museum der bildenden Künste in Leipzig.
Some works by both artists can also be seen as public art in Berlin, Frankfurt (Oder) and Cottbus.
Neon X Real
Pictures: Pavol Putnoki
REALES NEON - Manifest (1981)
SOUND RECORDING: REALES NEON
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Speaker: Axel Thielmann
Text: NEON REAL
Harald K. Schulze, Clemens Gröszers (†), Rolf Biebl (f.l.t.r.)