August 26, 2020

Various Others | Exhibition “Air Into Solid” by Paul Valentin


Opening | Saturday, 12 September 2020
– Keynote: 11 am (Limited attendance, by invitation only)
– Extended Opening: 12 – 5 pm

Duration | Saturday, 12 September until Friday, 25 September 2020

Opening hours | Monday until Friday, 10 am – 6 pm
and on the Opening weekend (12 & 13 September 2020), 11 am – 5 pm
Location | KARL & FABER Kunstauktionen, Amiraplatz 3, 80333 Munich
Free admission

Art Talk | Why the world does not Exist
Friday, 18 September, 6 pm
Limited attendance, by invitation only.
Livestream via Instragram and YouTube 

Paul Valentin, Part of TULMAN2021 Calendar © Paul Valentin

When he received the KARL & FABER art prize of the art academy foundation 2019, Paul Valentin not only had the prize money to look forward to, but also a solo exhibition in our premises in the heart of Munich. In his prize-winning video piece “Nichts” (Nothing), the artist presents the theory that the idea of nothing helps us to repress the fact that the world itself does not exist.
In his upcoming video project, which is currently under preparation, he plans to provide answers to the thought-provoking question that the world does not exist, referencing the ideas of the French speed theorist Paul Virilio. Valentin is also planning further works in various media to accompany this new film. He invites visitors to the exhibition to settle into the passenger seat of a nightly journey with no lesser goal than to answer the age-old question of what the world actually is. The art book that will accompany the exhibition was also sponsored by KARL & FABER.

Art book “Air Into Solid” © Paul Valentin

ART TALK | Why the world does not Exist
Friday, 18 September 2020, 6 pm
Paul Valentin discusses his first solo exhibition Air Into Solid with Germany’s most famous contemporary philosopher and successful author, Prof. Dr. Markus Gabriel. Questions about the world, reality and truth are the thematic focuses of his exhibition. Gabriel’s epistemology affected the creation of some of his works of art. For the first time, the artist and the philosopher meet and discuss essential questions of art and philosophy together.
Moderated by: Dr. Anne-Cécile Foulon, Head of Communication & Development at KARL & FABER and curator of the exhibition.

Due to current circumstances we have to limit the number of participants strictly – participation only by invitation.
In order to make the art talk accessible to as many people as possible, it will be available via livestream on our Instragram and Youtube Channel.

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Paul Valentin, Wands ATribute to Pamela Coleman Smith © Paul Valentin

Paul Valentin was born in Munich in 1990. He works and lives in Munich. From 2012 to 2019 he studied sculpture and time-based media at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich in the class of Prof. Stephan Huber and Prof. Alexandra Bircken. He completed his studies in 2019 with a master’s degree. In the same year he received the KARL & FABER Art Prize and the Prize of the Academy Association. In 2016 he received the Celeste Prize / Super-Young Prize in London. In 2020 he was selected for the month of December in the LfA Art Calendar. After his first solo exhibition at KARL & FABER he can look forward to another one at the Maximiliansforum, Munich.

KARL & FABER is not only committed to young contemporary art with its Art Prize. The auction house has acted as a funder and partner of the initiative since the founding of Various Others. KARL & FABER is also committed to the Offspace Loggia in Gabelsberger Straße in Munich, which was opened in 2017. In this way the house wants to contribute to making Munich attractive for young talents and promotes the diversity and renewal of the Munich art scene in an international context.

Paul Valentin, Filmstill “Nichts” © Paul Valentin

Paul Valentin receiving the art prize from Dr. Anne-Cécile Foulin, Head of Communication and Development at KARL & FABER, Dr. Florian Merker, Chairman of the Art Academy Munich Foundation, Dr. Rupert Keim, Managing Partner of KARL & FABER and Dr. Jana Baumann, Curator Haus der Kunst, Munich, Jury-Member and laudatory speech (from left to right).
© KARL & FABER Kunstauktionen, Munich

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