Zweiter Tag Nichts (Second Day Nothing)

Zweiter Tag Nichts (Second Day Nothing)

2008
Artist
Jonas Burgert, German, 1969
Born: Berlin, Germany
Work Locations: Berlin, Germany
painting
oil on canvas
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
2016.65

Jonas Burgert, Zweiter Tag Nichts (Second Day Nothing), 2008. Oil paint on canvas; 157 1/2 x 236 1/4 in.
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum, 2016.65. © Jonas Burgert

This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 157 1/2 in, 400.0500 cm; width: 236 1/8 in, 599.7575 cm
Inscription
Backside of canvase, BR titled ("zweiter tag nichts 2008" and signed by artist.
Department
Modern and Contemporary Art
Collection
Modern and Contemporary Art

Jonas Burgert creates theatre-like stages that overlook a world of his own imagination, often featuring destruction and decay. In “Zweiter Tag Nichts (Second Day Nothing)”, a narrative is unfolding before the viewer’s eyes. The action revolves around some sort of chemical spill in an urban environment, with an acidic green substance leaking from the canvas onto the figures in the forefront. In what seems to be a conflicting reaction, the figures are attempting to gather up the liquid into buckets. “According to the artist, the green represents the illusions with which people poison their minds: the false hopes and lies that dictate human narrative-the failed attempts.” (Blain Southern, accessed March 9, 2016, http://www.blainsouthern.com/artists/jonas-burgert)  

Jonas Burgert, born in 1969, trained at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin.

Known Provenance
Purchased from Jonas Burgert Studio by Vicki and Kent Logan, 2008; gifted to Denver Art Museum 2016
Exhibition History
  • Jonas Burgert, Zweiter Tag Nichts (Second Day Nothing)— MCA DENVER [10/07/2008 - 03/01/2009]
  • Denver Art Museum—[03/20/2009 - 11/23/2010]
  • "Jonas Burgert: Lebendversuch"— Kunsthalle Tubingen, Tubingen, Germany [12/11/2010 - 03/06/2011]
  • Denver Art Museum— [Fall 2011 - 08/26/2013]
  • “Disruption: Works from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection” — Denver Art Museum, 1/13/2022

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