Berthold Reiß Exemplar (en)


Berthold Reiß
26 Jan–10 Mar 2019

Over the past decades, Berthold Reiß has created an exceedingly independent body of work that is both visual and conceptual. Defined by clear contours, his images develop from pictogrammatic visual symbols and ornamental structures. In addition, Reiß composes texts that linguistically investigate the relationship between concept and image, between thought and and perception. Following phenomena and fractures in the history of images and ideas, Reiß moves from the contemporary and modern eras, through Romanticism and the Enlightenment, returning time and time again to antiquity. His exhibition Exemplar pursues the double meaning of this word with latin root, meaning at once both copy and original. An exemplar can refer to something, or stand alone as an individual item, the meaning of which must first be interrogated in its own right. It can be the execution or the blueprint, representative or individual. Alongside a wall painting and a selection of new watercolour works, Reiß presents a spacial display, which, through images and text, shows the exhibition Exemplar as a draft.

The exhibition is supported by:


Fri, 25 Jan 2019, 7 pm
Opening Night with an Introduction by Heinrich Dietz

Thu, 31 Jan 2019, 7 pm
Curator’s Tour with Heinrich Dietz

Sun, 10 Feb 2019, 2–4 pm
Children’s Workshop
(registration required)

Thu, 14 Feb 2019, 7 pm
Guided Tour with Ann-Kathrin Harr

Sat, 23 Feb 2019, 3 pm
Visual Sign Systems
Lecture by Daniela Stöppel and Talk with Berthold Reiß for the Launch of his Book Antinomia