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2020 Year Of The Rat

Press release


2020 Year Of The Rat

Soufiane Ababri, Alfredo Aceto, Roger Ballen, Julius von Bismarck, Asger Carlsen, Julian Charrière, Andrej Dùbravsky, Andreas Greiner, Katarina Janeckova Walshe, Robert Lazzarini, Thomas Liu Le Lann, Bernhard Martin, Nicola Martini, Simon Mullan, Fatma Shanan, Jonas Wendelin


A majority of the works and the concept had been prepared for Art Cologne 2020, which has been postponed due to pandemic restrictions until April 2021. The gallery now seizes the opportunity to rethink the show, presenting 2020 Year of the Rat as our year-end exhibition in Berlin.

2020 is the Year of the Rat in the Chinese calendar. The rat traditionally embodies intelligence, creativity, resourcefulness, and strong social bonds, while those born in this year hold the power to turn unlucky events into fortune. 2020 Year of the Rat aims to mirror these old favorable auspices, placing a responsibility on active artistic and art-viewing practices to sustain us amidst challenges. Art elevates, providing an enhanced perspective with which we persevere and ultimately progress to a more prosperous future. In Western cultures, by contrast, the rat, though a resilient survivor, is a loathsome creature, impoverished and undesirable, even criminal.