The exhibition “MANTISSA” took place from April 1st. 2022 to April 10, 2022 in the former production facility of VEB MANTISSA. Works from Dresden and international artists were shown in the exhibition.
Abstract murals by urban artists from Dresden, Leipzig, Berlin, Polignano a Mare, Malmö, Lviv and Trier could be seen in the attic and basement and in the stairwell. They exemplarily showed the range of contemporary abstract urban art murals. Murals by THWRB3AT (FR), AWER (IT), Anders Reventlov (DK), Kusssch (UA), Sandro Berneis (DE) as well as collaborative works by Jana Mertens (Leipzig) & Johannes Mundinger (Berlin), Artourette (Dresden) & Lisa Legain (Dresden), Murals Of The Future (Jens Besser/Dresden and Stefan Schwarzer/Leipzig) were on display.
bike art projects
On the ground floor, a local and two international bicycle art projects were presented alongside murals by Simone Ferrarini (Reggio Emilia) and Jens Besser (Dresden). Works from the RadKunstWurf 2021 (Dresden), the documentation and works from VeloGetArte 2021 (Leipzig, Lyon & Bologna) and the documentation of the research cargo bike tour “La Vendita di Dresden” on a cargo bike structure were on display. Two murals rounded off the “bicycle floor” thematically. In his graphic mural, the Italian artist Simone Ferrarini contrasted the physical advantages of cycling with the physical disadvantages of driving a car. Jens Besser created a mural, which referred to the terrain elevation of the “La Vendita di Dresden” tour.
The project idea “LSK-Artothek” was presented for the first time in the attic. The works to be presented from the LSK Artothek were selected by Cassedy Richter, described in a preliminary catalog and presented framed. The type of presentation was planned and realized by Cassedy Richter and Jens Besser. The main exhibits were prints and drawings by international urban artists. Most of the Artothek works have so far come from Jens Besser’s private collection. Through its international activities, Besser was primarily able to collect graphics by international urban artists. These include graphic works by artists from Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Spain, the Czech Republic and the Ukraine.
Opening, guided tours and performances
The exhibition opening took place on April 1st, 2022 and was very well attended. The exhibition tours on the coming days attracted a wide audience. Drawing/wall painting performances took place on two days. Planned lectures could be omitted due to the good and extensive communication of the content in guided tours.
The public relations work received a correspondingly good response to the project. Attention was drawn to MANTISSSA in print and online media (Sächsische Zeitung, DNN, Dresdner Kulturmagazin) and social media.
A total of seven local artists and six artists from other cities and countries, who realized murals on site, can be assigned to the “abstract murals” theme. 4 members of the association and 3 other people took part in setting up the exhibition and preparing the vernissage.
The exhibition was visited by 343 visitors, of which 295 visitors took part in guided tours through the exhibition. The audience was very mixed. Every age group was represented among the exhibition visitors. People aged 30-60 years (50%) had the largest share of visitors, followed by the age group 0-30 years (30%) and the 60-90 years old (20%). This relatively high proportion of older people interested in urban art was first identified in a project by LackStstreichKleber e.v. registered.
The exhibition project was realized by LackSt ReicheKleber e. V. under the direction of Jens Besser with the support of Cassedy Richter and the intern Martika Haugk. Other members of the association were actively involved in the artistic framing of the vernissage, in transport, assembly and dismantling work.
promotion and support
The project was financially supported by the Office for Culture and Monument Protection of the City of Dresden and supported by the Italien Zentrum Dresden.