Manfred Pernice


About the edition

One of the most outstanding German artists of his generation, Manfred Pernice (b. Hildesheim, 1963) is known for anti-monumental work. Reflecting on the complex relationship between sculpture, visual art, architecture, city-building and human stories of time and place, Pernice creates objects and sculptures that suggest themselves as already existing in everyday life, formed of a language that is distinctively recognisable.

Tuttilino is a special edition developed by Pernice to coincide with the exhibition of déjàVu at Dundee Contemporary Arts, his first solo exhibition in the UK in partnership with Modern Art Oxford and SMAK, Ghent. Conceived as a project in three stages the exhibition was subtly transformed following the artist’s experiences in each location.

The centre-piece of the exhibition déjàVu was a re-presentation of Tutti (2010). Referencing Pernice’s earlier ‘can’ structures or Dosen, the sculpture reveals four room-sized quadrants and is complete with a spiral staircase that elevates the viewer. This sculpture as vessel housed part of the exhibition including a number of linocut prints created at the DCA print studio; as well as becoming the site for various settings, its content rearticulated and modified as it journeys from place to place i.e. linoleum was selected as a floor covering at DCA whilst carpet was laid in Oxford.

The screenprinted imagery in Tuttilino was collated from a number of local sources during Pernice’s time in Dundee including the nearby Kirkcaldy Museum which catalogues the linoleum industry. Local company Michael Nairn & Co. was at one time the largest producers of linoleum in the world. One image is of the Nairn factory in the 1940s when the building was used to produce bombs. The monotype foreground déjàVu motif is unique to each print – the blurring of the inks depicting a failed photograph taken by Pernice of a staircase winding around a can-kiosk in Berlin.

Year 2011
Edition of 25
Media Screenprint with monotype on GFSmith Plike White paper (240 gsm)
Dimensions 42 x 59.5cm
Signature Signed, numbered and dated by artist

About Manfred Pernice

Pernice’s first solo exhibition was at Galerie Neu in Berlin in 1995 and since that time he has continued to exhibit internationally in solo exhibitions organised by Musee d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris (1998); Portikus in Frankfurt and Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin (2000); Sprengel Museum Hanover and Neues Museum in Nuremberg; Salzburger Kunstverein; CEAAC Strasbourg and Secession Vienna, 2010.

Pernice has also been included in many international group exhibitions such as the Lyon Biennale, 1997; Berlin Biennale of 1998; Skulptur Projekte Münster, 2007; 49 & 50 Biennale di Venezia, Venice 2003; documenta II, Kassel 2001; the inaugural exhibition of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY: Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century, 2007; 55th Carnegie International, 2008, 28 Bienal de Sao Paolo, 2010.

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