As from 1972, he captured the special atmosphere in the western part of the city, when Berlin was the source of important impulses in German society due to student protests and the gay movement. In that period, Fetting became a sensitive observer of the city and its various (art)-scenes. His “wall paintings” in glowing colours employ an expressive style of painting to show Berlin as a lively city open to alternative ways of life. After the radical political change of the Wende, Fetting remained fascinated by the new German capital, attentively documenting the changes that have taken place here.
The exhibition is being organised with generous support from the Foundation Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin; its patron is the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit.
For the first time, the exhibition will be showing around 40 works from four decades in four chapters – “Wall Pictures”, “Drummer and Guitarist”, “Role Games and Images of Friendship” and “The New Berlin” – these are comprehensive, central work groups by Rainer Fetting, closely connected to his creative work in Berlin.