Abetz & Drescher | Künstlerportrait für ArtParasites

Künstlerporträt / Reportage für ein Special des Magazins Artparasites mit dem international bekannten Künstlerduo Abetz & Drescher aus Berlin.

Abetz & Drescher, a collaborative couple from Germany, create unique and intricate worlds where icons, symbols and dream archetypes frolic in a psychedelic labyrinth. Themes of the Renaissance and Pop Art simultaneously develop in their work. We see background structures, such as mosaics, wave-like shapes and Op-art patterns which bridge the different elements and are at the same time responsible for the dissolution of real space. A synaesthetic environment is created whose medium is music. The specific type of varnish and the rhythm of the paintings, contrived by way of distinguished areas or motives, are means to experience the time-space dimension of music on a visual level.

In Abetz & Drescher’s view, the universe is spiritual, nothing is static, everything is forever in motion and vibrating. On a universal level they see creation and destruction as equal —both are essential factors in painting the order of the universe. Abetz & Drescher’s works present the viewer with an alternate universe, one that is not seen with normal vision but through rock and roll, imagination, dreams, and pleasure.

Maike Abetz born in Düsseldorf, Germany & Oliver Drescher born in Essen, Germany.
They live and work together in Berlin.

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Solo Exhibitions by Abetz & Drescher


Dawn of Tomorrow, Magic Beans, Berlin, DE.

Recent Works, Galerie Burkhard Eikelmann, Düsseldorf, DE.

Big Bang, Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE.
Forever Young, Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris, FR.

The Modern World Starts Now, Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris, FR.
Fred, London, UK.

Brave New World, Goff + Rosenthal, Berlin, DE.

Fred, London, UK.

Goff + Rosenthal, New York, US.

Paint it black, Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris, FR.

Paint it black, Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin, DE.

Electric Ladyland, Ars Futura, Zürich, CH.

Close Encounters, Statements – Art Basel, CFA Berlin, DE.

BOING BUM TSCHAK, Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, US.

UP AGAINST IT, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, DE.
Fanzine Presentation, Pavillon der Volksbühne, Jugend Musik Festspiele, Berlin, DE.

Selected Group Exhibitions by Abetz & Drescher

magic+love x art, Magic Beans, Berlin, DE.

Made in Germany: Contemporary Art from the Rubell Family Collection at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, US.
Flower Power, Magic Beans, Berlin, DE.

A Rock’ n ‘ Roll Cathedral, Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE.
MISAPPROPRIATIONS: New Acquisitions, OCMA – Orange County museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA, US.

There’s a Bluebird in my Heart, Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE.
ABRACADABRA, Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE.

To Russia with Love and to Lou Reed, Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE.
Hauptstrasse – A Tribute to David Bowie, Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE.

The Journey to St. Petersburg, Benefit Exhibition for Pussy Riot, Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE.
Ten Masterpieces, Galerie Burkhard Eikelmann, Düsseldorf, DE.

Echoes, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, FR.

Portraits de Collectionnerus – Jocelyne et Fabrice Petignat, Muro Galery, Geneva, CH.

Flower Power, CRAA – Centro di Ricerca Arte Attuale, Villa Giulia, IT.
BOB – A Tribute to Bob Dylan, Egbert Baqué Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE.
With You I Want to Live: Gordon Locksley Collection, Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, US.

Sammlung Jocelyne & Fabrice Petignat, Centre PasquArt, Biel, CH.
Gegen den Strich, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, DE.

iPod killed the Video Star, MAMA Showroom for video and media art, Rotterdam, NL.
The Youth of Today, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt / Main, DE.

Perry Rubinstein Gallery, New York, US.

Televisions, Kunsthalle Wien, AT.
Air Guitar: Art Reconsidering Rock Music, The Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK.
Go Johnny Go, Die E-Gitarre – Kunst und Mythos, Kunsthalle Wien, AT.
The Ars Futura Show, Ars Futura, Zürich, CH.

Scorpio Rising, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, DE.
Gallery Swap, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK.
D A C H , Galerie Krinzinger, Benger Park, Bregenz, DE.
Kraftwerk Berlin, Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, DK.
Mozart on the Television, New Paintings from Germany, Deitch Projects, New York, US.

View 4, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, US