Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann, Backdrop, 2020, Photo: Volker Renner
Pedestrian Entrance:
Inner courtyard Ⓐ next to car entrance
Singapurstraße 2 Ⓑ, 20457 Hamburg

Parcking deck P-2 Madrid
Parking spaces 2/077 + 2/031
Pedestrian Entrance
Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann, Backdrop, 2020, Photo: Volker Renner
Pedestrian Entrance:
Inner courtyard Ⓐ next to car entrance
Singapurstraße 2 Ⓑ, 20457 Hamburg

Parcking deck P-2 Madrid
Parking spaces 2/077 + 2/031
Pedestrian Entrance

Art despite the crisis: Why not pep up your daily walk by dropping by the underground car park at Sandtorkai, either on your own or with a friend/partner, on foot or by car?

On display there from April 17 is the sculpture entitled Backdrop by Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann, which draws our gaze away from everyday life on land and directs it at the oldest marine life forms ever to have existed. The third project by IMAGINE THE CITY uses airbrush technology to transpose prehistoric underwater landscapes from the past one hundred years to a space-defining folding screen comprised of reinforced metal struts. The deep-sea panorama teems with primaeval fauna and  ora reminiscent of woodlice and fern fronds, their highly detailed appearance rendered from the imagination of various illustrators. Across the width of two parking bays, this ‚backdrop‘– with its suggestion of doors and windows that lead nowhere– interlaces popular maritime design motifs with the aesthetic of fairground stalls. It depicts how people at different times have imagined a world in which they themselves did not exist, creating a further contemporary version that favours a creature-filled coexistence over historical accuracy.

Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann (* 1990 in Friesoythe) studied at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg. His works have most recently been on show at the Kunstpalais Erlange (2020), the Kölnischer Kunstverein, the Kunsthalle Bremerhaven (2018) and the Kestner Gesellschaft in Hanover (2017). In 2016 he won the Art Cologne Award for New Positions; in 2017 he was the recipient of the Follow Fluxus Scholarship by the Nassauischer Kunstverein in Wiesbaden.

The programme IMAGINE THE CITY is made possible by funds from HafenCity Hamburg GmbH.
Supported by a project sponsorship from Dr. Anke Manigold and other sponsors within the framework of the Hamburgische Kulturstiftung's focus on visual arts.
With the friendly support of DC Developments GmbH & Co. KG and Contipark Parkgaragengesellschaft mbH.

With thanks to: Michael Juch, Lea Kissing, Franziska Kramer, Silvia Kreuzinger, Burk Koller, Fabian Kraus, Dieter Polkowski, Till Richter, Lothar Schubert, Line Spellenberg, Paul Spengemann.


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Date 17 April 2020 - 11 April 2021
Location Tiefgarage Am Sandtorkai
Singapurstraße 2 (Einfahrt) Parkdeck P-2 Madrid,
20457 Hamburg
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