Stefan Brüggemann “Headlines and Last Lines in the Movies (Guernica)”

September 04, 2019

KOTARO NUKAGA is proud to announce that an original monumental painting by Stefan Brüggemann, “Headlines and Last Lines in the Movies (Guernica)” is exhibited at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France, through to 29 September 2019.

Stefan Brüggemann “Headlines and Last Lines in the Movies (Guernica)”

Centre Pompidou (Paris, France)

September 4 → September 29, 2019


This series started in 2010 and is comprised of unique works. The «Headlines» are always taken from the news of the week during which the work is being produced. The «Last Line(s)» are quoted from a list of historically important dramatic films (running from, say, Citizen Kane to The Wolf of Wall Street). The list is updated each time the series is extended. The artist selects text from both newspapers and the cinema, therefore juxtaposing everyday reality and constructed fiction. No value judgement is intended, however, and he gives equal billing to each set of statements. Both movies and the news are important reflections of our culture that not only influence, but also manipulate the public’s comprehension of society. To the artist, the texts of Headlines and Last Lines in the Movies function as maxims that shape and underpin social constructions.

The works can also be configured as large-scale site-specific installations that surround the viewer. Here the spray-painted texts may cover the actual gallery walls, or be applied to mirror surfaces or marble panels. On these occasions, the texts are not simply read as more or less remote pieces of information, but become immersive experiences embodied by the audience.

In the Centre Pompidou Forum, the work designed to the same dimensions as Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica, takes on the look of a mirror surface covered with citations battling it out before the visitor’s eyes.

Headlines and Last Lines in the Movies (Guernica), 2019, courtesy of the artist