Thorsten Brinkmann

Never Die



29,5 × 22,7 cm

Edition of 22 copies, signed and numbered by the artist

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This edition is published by Hatje Cantz

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about this work

This edition is based on Brinkman’s La Hütte Royal, for which he reworked an entire house in Pittsburgh (US) into a gesamtkunstwerk. Art collector Evan Mirapaul bought the house, dated 1912, from the city and invited Brinkmann to completely re-image it. The artist added new walls, playing with scale to create narrow corridors and unsettling nooks, added a boxing rung in the basement, and incorporated many found objects throughout the house – for example placing a huge bell in the entrance hall or constructing a home theatre in the attic featuring vintage beauty parlour hairdryer stations, arranged in neat rows.

This edition consists of a print, a unique vintage LP found in the house – whose cover the artist has signed and reworked using silkscreen – and a booklet.

(Each LP cover is printed with the same silkscreen, but all covers are different. Each record is signed and numbered on 222 copies. You cannot choose which record you’ll receive.)

about Thorsten Brinkmann

The distinct work of German artist Thorsten Brinkmann fluctuates from photography and sculpture to performance and installation. The artist shows us how man relates to the objects that surround him. Brinkman selects and combines objects – and the stories that go with them – quite playfully in his studio. The results of this process assume different forms, including photography, sculpture, three-dimensional installations and video art.

This wonderfully absurd artist achieved a breakthrough with Portraits of a Serialsammler (Portraits of a serial collector). In this 2003 series of photographs, Brinkmann dressed in discarded everyday items and second-hand clothing, putting lampshades, pillowcases, or battered buckets on his head, enveloping himself in brocade jackets, frilly dresses, or couch covers. For his photographic still lifes, readymades, and installations, the artist also makes use of an enormous store of rubbish, turning surprising combinations of scrapped materials and references to art history into space for the viewer to reevaluate, contemplate, and see things in a new light.

(Courtesy of Hatje Cantz)


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