Appropriating Language #14 / Vicious Circle / Vanessa Henn, Johnny Koch, Sebastian Rogler
Photo © Daniela Friebel

Manière Noire is an art space founded in 2011. Evolving from a printmaking background the focus of the space activities gradually shifted towards artistic practices that deal with the intersection between images and words, at the same time engaging with social, political and aesthetic issues.

Two exhibition formats have started since late 2014:

  • APPROPRIATING LANGUAGE Series is a group of exhibitions in continuity, the aim of which is to draw attention to artists that reinvest in text by pursuing and using language as an additional (ingredient) element in search for a visual communication and direct connection with their contemporaries. “Since no form is intrinsically superior to another, the artist may use any form, from an expression of words (written or spoken) to physical reality, equally.” (Sol LeWitt's Sentences on conceptual art, 1969.)


  • PICTURE WINDOW Series deals with the visitor seeing a work of art only from outside. These presentations last briefly. Also, there are (by convention) no vernissages, no finissages. The window of the gallery plays a dual role, that of a binder, but also that of the divider between the artist and viewer.