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ByStephan Bruelhart

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Art is currently falling into the censorship trap because of nudity - especially in social media. Not only did it happen to Egon Schiele, but also to that Paleolithic goddess who gained fame under the name "Venus of Willendorf": Even the small, historical figure made of limestone, which shows an unclothed, faceless woman, was repeatedly banned from Facebook websites. Accordingly, are the "Venus of Willendorf" and all her naked daughters in art history sexist? Or do such images have their justification in the sense of being human after all? Posing shows naked people - digital sketches, seismographically recorded in the process at the weekly nude drawing - posing do women and men...

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Stephan Bruelhart (*1953) lives and works in Windisch, Switzerland and Berlin. With his analogue and digital art, SB playfully questions the digital age. He makes use of the almost inexhaustible pool of images that the tools, media and art history hold in store, creating a collage-like syntheses by deconstructing motifs and recontextualising them in new images. The result is enigmatic, humorous works that oscillate between abstraction and figuration and appear like sequences from a dream. Stephan Bruelhart studied in Basel and Berlin. In 1983 he completed his master's degree at the UDK in Berlin and worked as a professor of media education at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst FHNW in Basel until his retirement in 2019.

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