Xenia Hausner, "Waterproof", Öl auf Papier auf Dibond, 169 x 217 cm, courtesy Galerie Deschler, Berlin
The title of the next group show, "Waterproof", takes its cue from the painting of that title by Austrian artist Xenia Hausner. This being the first new exhibition in the gallery since the reopening after the Covid-19 lockdown, the title resonates with various associations. On the one hand, it alludes to a new feeling of uncertainty concerning the present situation and the immediate and long-term future, caused by the pandemic and its emotional, social, political and economic fallout. We need to be "waterproof" in the sense that we need to brace ourselves, prepare ourselves, for it feels like the rug has been pulled out from under our feet and the world has shown itself to be more fragile than we thought. But at the same time, that there is a way out of this crisis, that we might even emerge from it stronger and with new insights, i.e. "waterproof."