26.07.2015 – 10.01.2016
With the title Midnight in Paris, Anton Henning refers to the Woody Allen film of the same name. Like Woody Allen in his film, Anton Henning invites visitors into an extraordinary exhibition and journey into the artistic avant-garde of the 1920s.
In the film screenwriter Gil Pender, bored by his fiancée and driven by the longing for the "good old days", roams Paris by night. Suddenly a vintage car stops in front of him and a merry group inside invite him to come along with them. Pender gets in the car and ends up in Paris in the 1920s. At wild parties he meets Picasso, Hemingway, Dali, Josephine Baker, Man Ray, Jean Cocteau, Gertrude Stein and all the other colourful personalities of the time.
Anton Henning was born in Berlin in 1964. Coinciding with his monographic show at the Zeppelin Museum, is the large Retrospective Ré Soupault - The Eye of the Avant-garde. Both exhibitions revolve thematically around the same core: the concept of avant-garde and its localisation in Paris from the 1920s to 1940s.
Henning’s approach to art from this period is from the perspective of the present. With wit and irony he comments on art-historical trends in his picturesque room installation, but also the artist’s struggle of success with the great masterpiece.
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