Nordenhake Gallery – Various Artists – END OF HISTORY? – May 19 to June 18, 2022 – Hudiksvallsgatan 8- Open Tues-Fri 11 am – 6 pm, Sat 12 pm – 4 pm and by appointment.
ABOUT the artists
JIMMIE DURHAM, LYDIA ERICSSON WÄRN, MATIAS FALDBAKKEN, PAUL FÄGERSKIÖLD, CHARLOTTE JOHANNESSON, SAMSON KAMBALU, MÅRTEN LANGE, MARGARET LOY PULA, JAKOB SIMONSON
ABOUT the exhibitions
Curated by Erik Nordenhake The Past, the Future, O dear, is from you; you should regard both these as one. – Rumi Galerie Nordenhake presents “End of History?”, a group exhibition that aims to alternative perceptions of time. explore The hegemonic Weltanschauung of many non-Abrahamic peoples perceived time not as a straight line – but as a circle, or a Möbius strip, or perhaps something entirely different. To St. Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, this vantage point was reserved for God only, preferring the parallel of Him observing time as a block. During the 18th and 19th Century, the idea of time as a fourth dimension was expanded upon, culminating in Albert Einstein’s concept of spacetime in his 1905 special theory of relativity. Three years later, J.M.E. McTaggart famously proclaimed time to be an illusion. Lately, David Deutsch has reinvigorated the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, which postulates that quantum uncertainty can be explained by the universe branching into several different timelines. Drawing upon Hegelian notions of human history as a linear progression, Francis Fukuyama argued in his 1989 essay The End of History?, and his subsequent book The End of History and the Last Man (1991), that humanity has reached “not just… the passing of a particular period of post-war history, but the end of history as such: That is, the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.” Fukuyama has since grown increasingly critical of his own thesis. “People claim that we recapture for a moment the self that we were long ago when we enter some house or garden in which we used to live in our youth. But these are most hazardous pilgrimages, which end as often in disappointment as in success. It is in ourselves that we should rather seek to find those fixed places, contemporaneous with different years.” Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time
ABOUT the gallery
Galerie Nordenhake was founded in 1973 in Malmö by Claes Nordenhake and moved to Stockholm in 1986. In 2000, a branch was opened in a former department store on Zimmerstrasse in Berlin to later change address to Lindenstrasse. Claes Nordenhake is a driving force in the art fair Art Berlin Contemporary and Gallery Weekend Berlin. Ben Loveless started as director of Stockholms Galleri in 2005. Galerie Nordenhake Stockholm moved from Fredsgatan to the gallery cluster at Hudiksvallsgatan as one of the first galleries in 2007. In the spring of 2018, Galerie Nordenhake focus was opened, an unmanned room on Karlavägen 20 in Stockholm and during the autumn, project-based NHMX was opened in Mexico City.
Among the gallery’s represented Swedish artists are Ann Edholm, Christian Andersson, Håkan Rehnberg and Olle Bærtling. Foreign artists include Ulrich Rückriem, John Coplans and Gerard Byrne. Among the artists who have exhibited at the gallery through the ages are Mona Hatoum, Jimmie Durham, Richard Serra and Giacomo Balla.
The gallery was designed by architect Erik Andersson.
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The gallery is open to the public during the above hours as well as by appointment.