In Roman mythology Fama is the goddess of fame and renown; a deity of literary conception whose gossip could praise or slander a person.

For the exhibition Rinck presents a series of sculptures carved from sandstone, a material used in Gothic cathedrals. These forms are ironic, sometimes kitsch conceptions of seemingly antique representations with the overarching theme “From Ovation to Resignation- From Emperor to Dwarf”. The menagerie of comically chimerical creatures ranges from serpents, snakes, demons, and owls, to noble personages, even pin-up girls. They have titles such as Napoleon Owl, The Storm, The frightened King, Agitator

Owl, The Executioner, Leviathan, Inquisitor, Crusader, The Vampire, and Ichneumon. These monstrosities allude to the dissolution of Western empire’s past and present with its propaganda, agitation, proletarian utopias, and austerity. Installed on an enormous low pedestal they are protagonists of derision and doubt that mock the ceremonial pomposity of today’s power brokers. Surrounded by dubious court jesters, the diminished kings of the world are reduced into frightened dwarfs.

In the age of ousted dictators, soft power, mercenary armies, and a ruthlessly manipulated society, Rinck’s cynical knowingly exploit the implied contradictions in “good and bad speech”.

Stefan Rinck

1973 born in Homburg/Saar, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin


Stone sculptor, Apprenticeship, Zweibrücken, Germany

Studies of art history and philosophy, Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken

Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Karlsruhe

Selected Solo Exhibitions

The eternal comedy of creatures, Galeria Alegria, Madrid, Spain

A Sunny Place For Shady People, Cruise & Callas, Berlin, Germany
Headbanger, ISI XI, Berlin, Germany

Dark Matter, Sorry we're closed, Brussels, Belgium

Fama - Good and bad speech after death, with Gabriel Vormstein, Patricia Low Contemporary, St. Moritz, Switzerland

Stefan Rinck befragt die Nachbarschaft: Will Gott noch was mit uns zu tun haben?, Cruise & Callas, Berlin, Germany
Die Geister die ich rief, Kunstverein Zweibrücken, Zweibrücken, Germany

Hasenprophezeiung, with Philipp Dogan, Galerie Petra Vankova, Berlin, Germany
Stefan Rinck & Ralf Dereich - Im Preservat, Ringstube, Mainz, Germany

Stefan Rincks Lehrplan des Lebens - life would suck without it, Cruise & Callas, Berlin, Germany
The Quest for Lost Innocence, Sorry we're closed, Brussels, Belgium

Vicerunt Viderunt Venerunt, with Uwe Henneken, The Breeder Projects, Athens, Greece
Hoc oriente fug it, Bei Dereich, Berlin, Germany
Salon de Geffa, Private Sammlung Reyle & Sellin, Berlin, Germany

Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany
Atropäischer Hyberbolismus, gelaicht in Antwerpen, in irgendeiner
Schwemme, Ballhaus Ost, Berlin, Germany
Portal of Glory, Vilma Gold, London
Klara Wallner PLUS, Berlin, Germany

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