Galerie Töchter & Söhne shows exhibition No. 16; Holger Kurt Jäger & Guido Zimmermann – Paintings and Objects

Reisholz is an industrial part of Düsseldorf. It is located in the south side of the city, bordering  Benrath and the river Rhine. Its history started in the early 20th century, by creation of its harbour to the Rhine, which took a lot of chemical factories, engine building industries, paper mills, petrochemical manufacturers and an oil refinery to Reisholz. [1] Reisholzer Werftstraße 73 now is a single building, separated and alone far and wide. In former days the building has had neighbours and housed the harbour pub „Schenke“, in whose rooms now the gallery „Töchter & Söhne“ is domiciled.

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Reisholzer Werftstraße 73 is a location of a special kind for streetart maniacs like me. During 40° Urban Art Festival Düsseldorf 2013, this building has got two murals designed by CASE MACLAIM and SADAM x OLDHAUS. The owner of the building seems to have a positive attitude for graffiti; he frequently allows to paint the surrounding wall of the property with graffiti. The surroundings are covered with legal and illegal 222graffiti and stencils of renowned artists like FUME or L.E.T. Since 2015 the building  also houses the gallery „Töchter & Söhne“ which shows besides different genres of modern, contemporary art, street art as well. Their current exhibition No. 16 shows from 27.4. – 15.6. paintings and objects of Guido Zimmermann (Frankfurt) and Holger Kurt Jäger (Düsseldorf). I don’t know that much about Jäger, except that he was born 1979 and graduated from college of Fine Arts in Essen as a master student of Stefan Schneider. [2] His roots seem to be in graffiti and his objects, washing gloves printed with portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or his Libyan counterpart Muammar al-Gaddafi, are more than irritating, as well as his paintings on canvas. There is some kind of 189a.JPGweirdness in Guido Zimmermann’s Cuckoo Blocks too. During my trip to Frankfurt I had seen a few of them in the context of an exhibition at „Hospital zum heiligen Geist“. In Düsseldorf there are some different on show. Zimmermann merges the traditional cuckoo clocks from the Black Forest in Germany and buildings with a striking history and architectural value, as well as living in social flashpoints. Both are connected to the blocky, massive concrete constructions of famous 087skyscrapers, like Glenkerry House (London), Hotel la Flaine (French Alps) or AfE-Tower (Frankfurt). The cuckoo blocks present a contemporary view of urban living and compelling architecture. The hull is new, but the soul, a clockwork with a cuckoo, is still an old one. [3]

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