Peppi Bottrop
Tropic of Bottrop


Sies + Höke

Copyright the artist; Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf; Photo Nina Weimer
Copyright the artsit; Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf; Photo Nina Weimer
Copyright the artist; Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf; Photo Nina Weimer

Published on the occasion of the solo exhibition
Peppi Bottrop
Tropic of Bottrop
Oldenburger Kunstverein
03.05. – 21.07.2024

Peppi Bottrop at the Oldenburger Kunstverein

Bottrop, according to city marketing, is said to be the "fun city" of the Ruhr region. Peppi Bottrop’s Tropic of Bottrop is more the antithesis to this idyll of fun. The tropical elements of his work thematises the unfathomable intricacy of becoming, rather than the artificial, arranged atmosphere of an indoor water park. The artist counters the euphemistic planning for the problem child Bottrop with his own aesthetics of a natural development that asserts itself with chaotic force. Fundamental structural change simply cannot be planned in such a way that one can manage to change everything, so that it all stays just as it is. It is full of destruction, harshness, and ugliness with no prospect of a return to the good old days. The acceptance of this reality, as expressed in punk, can still be felt in Peppi Bottrop’s work today, as the comments about the wildness of his painting repeatedly address. Yet this pigeonhole is too simple. This also applies to the experience of industrial upheaval as a son of the city of Bottrop. It may be a starting point and biographical background, but Peppi Bottrop’s works go far beyond these origins in terms of their content and artistic statement. They captivate with their choice of materials, their diaphanous structures and an overarching concept that depicts change not just as decline and threat, but also as a fascination. Comprehending this is a great gain and—if you will—also fun. Particularly for the Kunstverein of a residential and clerical city like Oldenburg, which has not experienced such radical upheavals as the Ruhr region, a presentation of Peppi Bottrop’s work is a must.

Oldenburg, in April 2024
Gertrude Wagenfeld-Pleister

The exhibition was supported by Meyer Riegger and Sies + Höke.

About Peppi Bottrop

Peppi Bottrop (*1986) formulates a distinctive visual language that shifts between constructivism and deconstructivism, between figuration and abstraction.

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