Peter Ernst Eiffe & Friends

Participating artists: Yuji Agematsu, Christian Bau, KP Brehmer, Peter-Ernst Eiffe, Jef Geys, iLL, Heino Jaeger, Jacqueline de Jong, Sigmar Polke, Recht auf Stadt und Alles Allen, Chris Reinecke, Annette Wehrmann and Laura Ziegler

 

Peter Ernst Eiffe became famous during the protests of May 1968 in Hamburg for the absurdist slogans that he wrote with a felt-tip pen on everything from traffic signs to mailboxes, subway walls to department store price tags. This reached a climax when he drove into the Hauptbahnhof with his Fiat Topolino proclaiming the “Freie Eiffe-Republik”, leading to his institutionalization in the psychiatric ward of Ochsenzoll.

 

These activities aimed to expose what he saw to be the absurdity of daily life in post-war capitalist West Germany, and although an outsider to the formal art system, his singular and noticeably avant-garde activities were akin to many artistic and political strategies in post-war Europe.

 

The group exhibition shows documentation of Eiffe’s absurdist slogans and agit-prop activities in context with historic artistic positions of his time, while showing how the themes of this story are reflected in more recent artistic positions and forms of political protest today. Touching on the relationship between the urban subject and public space; the demand for art to take a position in public political life; the authority and function of the artist’s signature; and the use of satire, irony, and humor as a mode of critique.

Available works of the artist

Chris Reinecke, Gewölbe für alle. Unter der Kuppel., 2016/2017
Chris Reinecke, Gewölbe für alle. Unter der Kuppel., 2016/2017
Chris Reinecke, Die Beobachterin verlässt ihren stationären Posten, 1996 – 1998
Chris Reinecke, Die Beobachterin verlässt ihren stationären Posten, 1996 – 1998
Chris Reinecke, Ähnliches, Differentes, Gleiches / Pferdebild, 1981
Chris Reinecke, Nicht für Augen, Nase, Mund, Ohren, Hände, Füße, 1969
Chris Reinecke, Globales/Nationales (3), 1990-92/2020
Chris Reinecke, Graue Dreiecke (Deklination der Fläche), 2020
Chris Reinecke, Demonstration bei Nacht, 1989, © © Chris Reinecke, photo: Mareike Foecking
Chris Reinecke, Aleppo, 2016
Chris Reinecke, Schutz vor Anfassen, 1969
Chris Reinecke, Nicht-Appetizer, 1969
Chris Reinecke, Gesichtsteile (mit 3 Köpfen), 1965
Chris Reinecke, Gesichtsteile (mit Haarteil), 1965
Chris Reinecke, Wege der Bewegung. Marsroute., 2018, © Chris Reinecke
Chris Reinecke, Jagd mit verstärktem Restlicht, 2007 – 2008
Chris Reinecke, Deutschlandbilder No 1, 1989, © © Chris Reinecke, photo: Mareike Foecking
Chris Reinecke, Deutschlandbilder No 2, 1989, © © Chris Reinecke, photo: Mareike Foecking
Chris Reinecke, untitled, 1996, © Chris Reinecke
Chris Reinecke, Dosen, 1995
Chris Reinecke, Dosen, 1995
Chris Reinecke, Dosen, 1995
Chris Reinecke, Köpfe, 1995

Past exhibitions at Beck & Eggeling

Selected Publications of the Artist

Chris Reinecke. Zeit und Arbeit. Momente.

Chris Reinecke. Zeit und Arbeit. Momente.

  • Artist: Chris Reinecke
    Editor: Susanne Rennert
    Text: Susanne Rennert
    Design: Beck & Eggeling (Antonia Eggeling)
  • German, English
    Hardcover, 28,5 x 24 cm
    128 pages, 68 illustrations
  • Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag, 2016
    ISBN 978-3-94606304-9
  • 28 €
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