The art gallery Sprüth Magers in Berlin is exhibiting a site-specific work titled Forever, by the always thought-provoking Barbara Kruger, until January 20. One of the most powerful figures in contemporary art, who has been working for more than four decades, has created this site-specific piece that occupies all four walls and the floor of the gallery’s main exhibition space. Bold statements in black and white, both in English and in German, make the visitors feel tiny, even disoriented in the room covered by stark contrasts. “In the end, hope is lost”, “You win I lose”, “War without end”, “In the end, lies prevail” and “War for a world without women” are just some of them.
This exhibition marks exactly thirty years since Kruger’s first solo show at Monika Sprüth Gallery in Cologne, the first gallery that ended up expanding throughout the world and that now counts with exhibition spaces in London and Los Angeles, in addition to the German capital. Barbara Kruger has expressed herself through new media, installations, publications, etc. to turn a critical eye toward consumerism, heteropatriarchy and the mechanisms of power, among others. This exhibition couldn’t be more relevant and necessary in a time were post-truth seems to dominate the public sphere.