Galerie Crystal Ball

“Going Crazy in East Germany – Rügen mon Amour” by Manfred Kirschner

On March 31, 2021, the Berlin publishing house Art in Flow will publish a collage story by Manfred Kirschner as a printed art book.

From the press release:

Artist book/new release

Manfred Kirschner: Going Crazy in East Germany – Rügen, Mon Amour

What are old-fashioned photo albums other than testimonial picture books, which tell stories about a chronological collection of photographs or allow associations to be made. Being aware of this from the very beginning of his work the artist Manfred Kirschner used these albums to create life stories and histories of his protagonists: The fictitious life story of an American artist in the 1960s or short photo stories in which collages are placed instead of album photos and represent them. Once one has accepted this surreal change, one is quickly immersed in the logic of a parallel sphere, a fantastic imaginary life story that wrestles with reality, from a time when photography still surrounded the aura of the authenticity.
It was precisely in the early 1990s, with the onset of digitization and the reversibility of the processes, Kirschner began his serial collage stories and photo albums.
Now he has presented a first printed volume. His two-part collage story so far. “Going Crazy in East Germany – Rügen mon Amour” recounts in a light, humorous tone the turbulent travel adventure of Harald Baumeister, a Berlin-based
artist who, disappointed by his friends, travels to the Baltic Sea in search of meaning. The book is based on collaged landscapes that function like “film sets” for the artist. Through his technique, Kirschner associates a fantastic German
pictorial history in which fiction, the past and the present merge. The genre of narrative humorously illustrates a reflection of life. The protagonist Harald Baumeister appears like an alter ego of artists in crisis. An inner and outer
journey that should lead him to art and ends in life. With hallucinations and and lovesickness, he gets lost in an ironic conundrum of identities around a magical snow globe and in the end surprisingly finds friendship and love.

The artist’s book will be published as part of the Crystal Ball Book Salon, April through June 2021, at the
Crystal Ball Gallery.

The book is availible in our shop

More information about the book: https://www.artinflow.de/manfred-kirschner/
Manfred Kirschner: Verrückt Werden in Ostdeutschland – Rügen, Mon Amour
Hardcover/Leinenbezug, 130 S., 16 x 16 cm, Dt., 30,00 EUR
ISBN 978-3-938457-51-1

Collage D´Automne Discothèque

For entrance please look for the “Open” flag at the door or call us spontaneously from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Tel: 030 60052 828

Dieses Bild hat ein leeres Alt-Attribut. Der Dateiname ist M107_150x150cm_2020.jpg
M 107, Papier/ Acryl auf Leinwand, 160 x 150 cm, 2020

Lydia Karstadt curates for the second shutdown and the end of the year, a lonesome 1-person discotheque adapted to the circumstances – In one installation, the large-format collages handmade this year on canvas by Manfred Kirschner, curator Karstadt puts records on the individual visitors’ request. The access functions individually according to the slogan and strictly follows the current pandemic protection rules. In addition to the new large works, there is a small SALE series, which the gallery helps to buy, since 100% of the sales proceeds go to Crystal Ball.

Collage D´Automne Discothèque – 360 Panorama
Music: Funky Moon by Stefan Kartenberg (c) copyright 2019 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: Apoxode

Manfred Kirschner’s new semi-abstract series plays more with colors and geometric forms and deals with the loss and emptiness, the absence of physicality. His protagonists; people, mannequins, who actually usually appear on canvases and books in Kirschners collage sets, stories and as in stage sets populating his works, seem to have disappeared in favor of a painterly, aesthetic language of forms. As it turns out, however, man is not completely forgotten, on the contrary. “I am landscape – put me in” is the title of one of the great works in which beautifully shaped empty spaces open up for insertion. The title functions like a manual for the overall installation of the exhibition, inviting visitors to amuse themselves and to fit into the exhibition context. The artist’s collage photo novels, which he often sticks in photo albums or watercolor books, are also a secret tip. But to do so, one must follow Kirschner deeper into his fantasy and wonder worlds, perhaps like Alice, as she follows the forthoppelden rabbit into the dark hole, into an unknown sphere. For a visit to the exhibition, please look for the “Open” flag at the door or call us spontaneously from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.

alle ente – Manfred Kirschner

Opening on 7 September 2018 at 5 p.m.

Curator Lydia Karstadt doesn’t seem to have returned from the summer of the year yet, but in the Crystal Ball shop window she is showing a Window of Moving Art, one of the latest collage mobiles by artist and exceptional performer Manfred Kirschner, alongside breathtaking handmade works on canvas.

In a recent interview, Kirschner replied to the question of which artist he currently values most: “I am the best artist I know”. You can only say “alle ente”:


Manfred Kirschner/ Lothar Lambert – l'art et c(h)ampagne

Vernissage on Sat. 19. December at 2 – 10 p.m. to 10.01.2016

After a successful year 2015 we have two exhibitions as an encore.Crystal Ball shows with l’art et c(h)ampagne: painting by Lothar Lambert, the lost island of West Berlin, as well as the new collages by Manfred Kirschner, both together as a Christmas special. We look forward to your visit! Vernissage with performance, music and cake on Saturday the 19th December from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., until 10. January 2016.


Manfred Kirschner – Art Resistance Academy Award

Exhibition opening on Fri. 21. June at 7 p.m.,
Performance: Mireille & Matthieu

Please continue Manfred Kirschner Gallery Crystal Ball Berlin
Please go on!, Manfred Kirschner, 120 x 100 cm, oil/ glitter on canvas, 2013

For the first time and unique, the internalionally noted ARAA Art Price was given this spring  to the artist Manfred Kirschner. Crystal Ball gallery is very fortunate to be able to show the award winning works exclusively in an exhibition in Berlin. At the opening the artist duo Mireille & Matthieu debuts with a musical performance. The works are presented until mid of July. The exhibition will have a preview whose date will be communicated through inquiring at the gallery.

Art is Shit Manfred Kirschner Gallery Crystal Ball Berlin
Art is shit, Manfred Kirschner, 110 x 180 cm, acrylic/ glitter on canvas, 2013

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