Kiss The Future Vernissage with Check Out Drinks
For an extra special Vernissage, we’ll play host to Kiddy Citny’s project ‘Kiss The Future’ in our Mitte Community Space. So head on down for some artwork and socialising!
“Art is the highest form of communication to me”, says the Berlin painter and artist Kiddy Citny. Art has an intense effect – “if it has a soul” – and reaches out to as many people as possible. His art shows expressive figures in motion – colors and shapes – a multi-faceted arrangement of bodies, spirits animated by love. He experienced the “wild” 1980s in (what was at the time) the sleepy city of West-Berlin, where he stayed mainly in the American sector.
Kiddy Citny gained international recognition as one of the Berlin wall painters, together with Thierry Noir. During these days he not only spent time with Iggy Pop and David Bowie as well as with “the young wild painters”, founded the band sprung aus den wölken and played some of the first tours with the German band Die Einstürzenden Neubauten, but also risked his life by painting together with Thierry Noir the Berlin wall at Kreuzberg’s’ Engelbecken [that is a fountain] in the eastern sector of the city. Their intention: to unmask the tristesse of the so-called “anti-fascist protection wall” ad absurdum. The heart-shaped faces and the coronated heads, which Kiddy Citny painted on the wall, were newly interpreted as symbols of new freedom after the Wende [collapse of the GDR and the subsequent reunification of Germany]. Through an auction in Monaco, these paintings made their way into international art collections and museums.
More important to Kiddy, however, is the fact that these pieces of the wall are placed in front of the UN headquarters in New York, at the Märkisches Museum in Berlin and at a seat of honor at Berlins’ Leipziger Platz. Kiddy Citnys’ intensely colored works are both the expression of a progressive awareness of life and allegories for a world of poetry. They stand for the longing for love and an optimistic belief in a promising future. Kiddy is always on the move – “my center is where I am”. He is a restless artist who does not want to create museum objects, but rather, art for daily life, which – ideally – helps to make the world a better place and which demands of each and everyone to participate actively in the process.