Paintings League deals with the age old question how can you make art for people who usually don’t like art. It’s safe to say that there are more people enjoying watching football than there are looking at paintings. Here, Max Siedentopf tried to find a solution how you can merge the interests of both art lover and football fan, reaching completely new audiences for both.
He finds the answer to this question in the humorous series "Paintings League". "Paintings League" is composed of different artistic methods - photography and painting - to illustrate the importance of a dialogue between the different disciplines and to show the range of approaches that exist to answer his "research question".
The exhibition pays homage to some of the most iconic football teams shirts into acrylic on canvas paintings. Here art enthusiasts will appreciate the minimalist and abstract approach and brush strokes of the paintings while football fans can appreciate their favourite team. Just like in football, the paintings act like a league - each one representing a diverse group of people through their interests, cities and backgrounds. The series consist of a mix of both painting on canvas and portrait photography of football fans of different social backgrounds representing their football club and coincidentally matching with the paintings.
Max Siedentopf (1991) is a Berlin based multi-disciplinary conceptual artist working across video, photography, sculpture, creative direction and everything in-between and is the founder of the of the art publication ORDINARY.
From 2013 - 2020 Max Siedentopf has been creative director of the 'legendary and unorthodox" creative agency KesselsKramer, which was founded in 1996 by the dutch artist Erik Kessels, and is the only one that has worked at all three offices and becoming the youngest partner at age 25. In 2019 Galerie Kernweine exhibited Max Siedentopf's series ”Stock Im Arsch”.
Manchester United Fc
30 cm x 22,5 cm • Edition of 1
Fine Art Print on
Canson Rag Photographique
500 Euro framed (grey wood)
Manchester United FC
40cm x 50cm
Acrylic on Canvas
500 Euro unframed
Max has been described by Vogue Italy as viral artist and his installation “Toto Forever” was included in artnet’s “10 Extraordinary Artworks You Need to Travel to the Edge of the World to See” next to Elmgreen & Dragset’s ‘Prada Marfa’, Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Yellow Pumpkin’ and Le Corbusier’s ‘Notre Dame du Haut’.
In June 2019, Siedentopf starred in the music video for “Mine Right Now”, a song by Norwegian singer Sigrid Max was supposed to direct. This was due to Sigrid’s flight being cancelled, the singer therefore being unable to appear in the video herself and Max ended up starring in instead.
Next to this he is the founder of Ordinary Magazine which was nominated for Magazine Of The Year, Best Art Direction and Best use of Photography by the Stack Awards. For his Gommi “Psychosis” music video he was awarded the “Most Bizarre Video” at the Berlin Music Video Awards and was also nominated Best New Director at the UKMVAs.