Amelie von Wulffen: The Dead in the Swamp

Ghosts of rightwing nationalism haunt paintings at once bucolic and grotesque

By Raimar Stange

Amelie von Wulffen, Untitled, 2016, oil on canvas, 50 × 60 cm. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin

Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin 15 September – 29 October In her first solo show at Galerie Barbara Weiss, Amelie von Wulffen startles viewers with genre paintings that seem oddly antiquated: they predominantly depict people sitting at tables in rural settings. The first image in the exhibition shows four elderly people seemingly in mid-discussion and before a light-green background. The image, based on a historical photograph, presents two figures we may recognise: the German philosopher Martin Heidegger, who had dubious ties to…

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