Balance in imbalance: In his foreword to the exhibition catalog "Nigredo", Christoph Tannert, director of Künstlerhaus Bethanien, writes: "The silence in the paintings of Mirko Schallenberg is eye-opening, it is a dignified silence, on the backdrop of which the summoned objects can quietly balance out their sensual potential. At the same time, every nod to the transience of all earthly things appears as a riddle over truth and beauty." Gallery Friedmann-Hahn has accompanied the the oeuvre of Mirko Schallenberg for more then ten years. The special materiality of his works, which is reflected in the partially grainy structure of the paint, places his thing protagonists in an unusual and exciting network of relationships.The artist lives and works in Berlin.