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Mandla Reuter

°1975, Nqutu (SA) – lives and works in Berlin (DE)

Fiction and reality – two concepts that are each the opposite of the other and yet each depend on the other – are at the core of Mandla Reuters practice. It becomes all the harder to apply one of these two categories to a situation or a story when we are presented with differing opinions as to what is fiction and what is fact.

In past exhibitions, Mandla Reuter obstructed doorways and blocked the usual entrances into the gallery space, which required the viewers to make constant detours and at the same time obliged them to confront his art, which possesses meaning and function in equal measure. Through these detours and the pauses they inserted into the tour of the show, the artist generated tensions and invoked different levels of reality that contradicted the usual format of exhibition visits and created something new. The organisation of the exhibition underlines its artificiality. Like the City of Las Vegas that was conjured out of the arid Nevada desert and which is in a class of its own when it comes to dramatic composition. Fiction and reality here come so close that there is almost nothing to distinguish between them. The casinos, spectacular fountains and replicas of historical sites represent a concept that is based on copying other places, showing them in concentrated fashion in one spot and creating a completely warped reality.

(courtesy of Kunsthalle Basel)

Mandla Reuter had solo exhibitions at venues such as the Schindler House, Los Angeles; Salts, Birsfelden; Kunstverein Braunschweig; Kunstmuseum Bonn; Kunsthalle Basel; Vleeshal, Middleburg; Schinkelpavillon, Berlin; Kunsthalle Lingen; and GAK, Bremen. Group shows include Ibid Projects, London; Kunsthalle Wien; Tent, Rotterdam; Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster; Sprengel Museum, Hannover; Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City; and Castello di Rivoli, Torino. Reuter also participated in the Momentum Biennial, Moss; the Istanbul Biennial; and the Gwangju Biennial.

Mandla Reuter is represented by the following galleries;
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Croy Nielsen, Vienna  

Francesca Minini, Milano  

Galerie Mezzanin, Geneva  

Neue Alte Brücke, Frankfurt