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22 Jan 2010

Berlin Art Projects: Tom Fleischhauer and Sebastian Schrader at World Expo 2010 Shanghai

Sebastian Schrader (*1978)
'Der Handschuh', 2009
Oil on canvas, 160 x 200 cm

World Expo 2010 Shanghai: Tom Fleischhauer and Sebastian Schrader in the German Pavilion


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The gallery Berlin Art Projects is pleased to announce that two of the gallery's artists have been chosen to represent Germany at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. Berlin-based painters Tom Fleischhauer and Sebastian Schrader were among the only six selected artists for the show.

The Germany-wide call for entries, as the website states, sought contemporary artworks that would give 'an international audience a glimpse into Germany's pulsing art scene'.

The selection committee was also top: a representative from the German Cultural Ministry, representatives from the renowned Städelschule art academy and Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, the creative director and architect of the German Pavilion independently made a pre-selection of all works entered. In the end, six artists were chosen to exhibit their work for one month each in Shanghai.

The overall excellent selection consists of photographic works, spray paintings and paintings that are 'convincing in their artistic quality, reflect the international significance of the German art world and take up the theme 'balancity – a city in balance'' according to the jury statement. With regard to the two Berlin Art Projects artists they continued:

'With his 'impressionist' painting style, Tom Fleischhauer uses various shades of gray to capture moments in an almost photographic way; they are like genre paintings of the early 21st century. The main focus of his work is life in the city or people in their urban surroundings. Fleischhauer's paintings show everyday scenes, casual details that seem frozen in time for just a second before disappearing.'

'Sebastian Schrader's oil on canvas allusions to classical paintings draw from a wealth of known myths and art historical motifs. His figures seem almost old-Master like at first glance; it is only when one looks closer that one sees details of the here and now, sometimes with a wink. With this ironic refraction and painterly precision, he continues the tradition of self-portraits and takes the difference between the traditional and the modern as a central theme.'

Berlin Art Projects congratulates Tom Fleischhauer and Sebastian Schrader on this honorable distinction! We are looking forward to an eventful and interesting World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.