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"paper positions hamburg – the show” marks the debut of the international art fair, paper positions, devoted to works on paper in Hamburg, Germany. After Berlin, Basel, Frankfurt and Munich, paper positions is heading North. The kermesse will take place from 27 – 29 August 2021 in a special location on the water in the Hanseatic city: the Brandshof - the former administrative headquarters of the shipping company Schlesische Dampfer Co. – Berliner Lloyd AG, dated back in the 1920s.

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“Paper positions hamburg – the show” is a curated exhibition focusing on drawing, collages and prints of 23 international artists from 19 Hamburg based galleries and four guests galleries. A brilliant operation to enhance international artists, who live and work on the territory, chosen by local galleries, with a small detour in neighboring cities, to build bridges of contemporary artistry on paper.

 Jorinde Voigt, Hills IX, 2017, ink, oil pastel gold leaf, pencil on paper, 102 x 66 cm, Courtesy of König Galerie (Berlin, London, Monaco and Seol) & the artist


In the charming and newly renovated Brandshof, many temporary spaces - surreal, fantastic, graphic, disruptive -  and printed cosmos will confront, in an attempt to give new vitality to artistic practices based on paper. From installation - like the symbolic, yet provocative monuments of Olaf Metzel - to printing, paper positions hamburg’s leitmotiv is developing complex systems and reinterpreting the classic medium. A highly malleable medium, prolific, never flat, always directed towards the future of art.

Eduard Bargheer, Southern City 2 (verso: Watercolor of a desert landscape, 1967) 1973, Watercolour on laid paper, 12 5/8 x 16 5/8 inches (32 x 42,3 cm), Courtesy of the Thole Rotermund Kunsthandel


This vigorous attitude is shown in the encaustic and collage on paper made by contemporary German painter Martin Assig, and maximized in Eduard Bargheer’s expressionist mosaic-like watercolors. Direct and exciting are the letterpress print of Franco-Moroccan multimedia visual artist Yto Barrada which mix seriousness with a healthy dose of humour.

Olaf Metzel, Sorrento (Gio Ponti), 2020, digital print on aluminium, stainless steel, 152 x 153 x 55 cm, Courtesy of Produzentengalerie (Hamburg) & the artist, photo Leonie Felle

Jorinde Voigt’s abstract drawings, presented by blue-chip König Galerie, incorporate text and collaged elements, while the psychedelic Metaphysischer Kran (Metaphysical Crane) of Oliver Ross oscillates between text and material quality: highly colorful patterns and clusters.


Yto Barrada, Mnemonic Phrases, 2019, letterpress print, 48,36 x 31,75, Courtesy of Galerie Sfeir-Semler (Beirut, Hamburg) & the artist.


JARMUSCHEK + PARTNER gallery is presenting new works by Indonesian artist Faisal Habibi, mostly markers on paper, and Tom Reichstein Contemporary will show the poetic, reduced drawings by talented Japanese artist Akane Kimbara. Don’t miss the chance to admire these brand new works in a unique exhibition setting.


Peter Riek, From the series “Across Time”, 1992-2018, oil pastel and dispersion on paper, 80 x 60 cm, Courtesy of Galerie Ruth Sachse & the artist

Cover image: Jorinde Voigt, Hills IX, 2017, ink, oil pastel gold leaf, pencil on paper, 102 x 66 cm, Courtesy of König Galerie (Berlin, London, Monaco and Seol) & the artist

Written by Petra Chiodi