KP BREHMER

DIEHL @ FRIEZE MASTERS 2019

KP BREHMER
02.10.2019 06.10.2019
Regent's Park, London
DIEHL @ FRIEZE MASTERS 2019

On the occasion of what would have been KP Brehmer's (1938–1997) 80th birthday,
DIEHL Gallery is devoting a comprehensive presentation to the German painter,
graphic artist and filmmaker. Brehmer dealt in his complex work with visual media in
the Federal Republic of Germany and the conditions under which image production
and reception take place in its capitalist economy. He left behind a diverse,
experimental, analytical and yet humorous oeuvre, which is today taking on new
relevance and topicality in its questioning of the status quo. DIEHL Gallery will show
paintings, objects, collages and sculptures from 1960’s.

KP Brehmer, whose full name was Klaus Peter Brehmer, belongs to the generation of
artists who used the American Pop Art idiom to develop a critical German brand of
»capitalist realism« – the title René Block chose for the portfolio he published in 1968
of works by KP Brehmer and his contemporaries Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter,
Wolf Vostell and Konrad Lueg.

His original training in photomechanical reproduction techniques meant that the
principle of maximum reproduction and dissemination of images would have a
decisive influence on his theoretical thinking and artistic practice. Brehmer lifted
images from advertising, public television and the illustrated press as well as motifs
from political propaganda posters and cast them in a changed context, using
graphics more radically and consistently than any other artist as a tool for visual
political agitation.

For KP Brehmer, graphic art was not just a technique but an instrument and
metaphor for rendering transparent the conventions of social and political
representation. By appropriating the aesthetics of advertising displays in department
stores, of stamps as symbol of state values, and of information media such as
diagrams and statistics, and then recoding them through slight shifts in meaning, he
laid bare the mechanisms that gave them their impact. He thus pilloried the strategies
of the established media while reflecting on the means and effects of deception and
influence.

KP Brehmer has two museum solo exhibitions with around 200 works in 2019 and
2020, at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague (7 July to 27 October 2019) and
ARTER, Istanbul (27 March to 30 August 2020).