Category Archives: Dennis Rudolph


theportalendblog32So did this art project. Travel here to die.
Never to be realized.

The unrealized idea of building a portal between heaven and hell at the end of the western world-California City.

California where the expansion of the western culture was brought to a halt. Stopped by the natural limitation of the Pacific.

Here where the gaze turned inwards.
A portal as a mirror to the soul of the western man.
Here build this culture a monument: the|portal

GOD‘s power derives from his absence.
There is no picture of GOD.
The idea stays around.

Inbetween heaven and hell.

Inbetween good and evil.

The unrealized idea remains in a state of arrested developement just like California City, the failed urban developement project.

Why, the portal project is realized by not realizing it.

The missing californian children have no place by having a place on the never to be realized portal situated in the never realized city where all the empty streets have names.

In their name…theportalendblog3

P.C. 7/19/2014

Because of political correctness I decided today that THE|PORTAL will not lead to hell if you enter the „Eastern World“.

In fact THE|PORTAL will have one side only, marking the end of the western world. If that is the entrance to hell or to heaven I don’t know myself. THE|PORTAL should be both or neither.


The one sided portal is then a reflection of the West itself which can always only see himself in others. Or better – it is here at „the site at which Western colonial expansion reached its natural limit, and thus changed its direction, from outward expansion to an inner intensification.“ (Anselm Franke)

Day Of The Missing Child

NCMC604028c1It is the most tragic thing that can happen to a parent and apart from the great uncertainty of the missing child’s whereabouts and it’s well-being – there is one thing certain: Your missing child is alive.

Missing children are not dead and can never die or we would stop looking for them. They are the undead of our society. They surround us everyday, mostly in form of photos but there is no way we can reintroduce them into our group. We can not interact with them on the basis of some sort of exchange. The dialogue with a missing child can only be an inner painful monolog.

There is no way around it or better: there is no way to it.

We have to try to deal with the unbearable and not only today on the day of the missing child but everyday!

In an attempt to give the missing children a fixed place, a place to honor their daily absence, to acknowledge their existence and so to acknowledge our pain, I put their portraits up on
THE|PORTAL, temporary at the entrance to California City.

Some of the photos I chose, seem to be very old and there is little hope you might ever find this child again, who by now must have turned into an adult. But this is not for the missing children, it is for us who are present and here in this room today. It is for us who cannot mourn somebody who is not dead. And maybe this is also for our inner child we could never bury inside of us.

California City is a very special place with a very special feeling to it. This might not occur to anybody living here but to me the empty streets, the crazy winds and crazy stars, all the missed opportunities and the missing people in this town make California City just the right place for THE|PORTAL which will also be a monument for the missing child.

Dennis Rudolph on behalf of THE|PORTAL, 5/20/2014DAY OF THE MISSING CHILD

Why Southern California?

L.A.“The Pacific beaches are where young men stop going West, where the great waves of agrarian migration from Europe and the Middle West broke in a surf of fulfilled and frustrated hopes. The strength and nature of this westward flow need to be understood; it underlies the differences of mind between Los ANgeles and its sistermetropolis to the north.”

“San Francisco was plugged into California from the sea […] Yankee houses and prefabricated New England (or European) attitudes were dumped unmodified on the Coast. Viewed from Southern California it looks like a foreign enclave […] the Southern Californians came, predominantly, overland to Los Angeles, slowly traversing the whole North American land-mass and its evovling history.”

“Los Angeles is the Middle West raised to flash-point, the authoritarian dogmas of the Bible Belt and the perennial revolt against them colliding at critical mass under the palm trees. Out if it comes a cultural situation where only the extreme is normal…”

-Reyner Banham



“The Development from primal societys to modern society is irreversible: eventually the dead cease to exist. They are excluded from symbolic circulation within the group. They are not anymore suited as partners for exchange, and are being told so by being banished more and more from the group of the living: first from the intimity of the house to the graveyard (a collection center in the heart of the village or city at the beginning). Then from the center of town more and more towards the periphery (the first ghetto) and finally into a nowhere, as in the modern city and contemporary metropolis, in which there is no place intended for the dead, not in physical space nor in spiritual space.”

“We all now what it is with these untrackable places, because if the factory doesn’t exist anymore, work is everywhere. If the graveyard doesn’t exist anymore, then only because the modern city as a whole has taken over this function: it is a dead city – a city of the dead. And if the big metropolis is the final expression of a whole culture, than ours is simply a culture of death.”

Of course this also applies to Los Angeles but it is just much more obvious in California City. Seen from above as in google maps the empty streets already look like the construction of a huge enormous cemetry. That’s why this is a much suitable place for a monument to Western World – the place of THE|PORTAL.



  • 1979 born in Berlin. Lives/works in Berlin and Los Angeles /California City
  • 1998 study at the Language and Culture Institute Beijing, China
  • 2000 study at the Repin-Academy in Sankt Petersburg, Russia
  • 2000-2004 study at the Universität der Künste, Berlin (Klasse Wolfgang Petrick)
  • 2009 participation at the International Spring Academy, Rom


Solo exhibitions (selected)


  • California City, Seven Swans Perspectives, Frankfurt/Main
  • Paradise Lost – featuring White Supremacy, Concord, Los Angeles/ Galerie Jette Rudolph, Berlin


  • Wege in den Nihilismus (with Mark Titchner), Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam


  • Mythos des 21. Jahrhunderts, Galerie Jette Rudolph, Berlin
  • Nemesis – Das Grosse Glück, Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam


  • Der heilige Krieg, Teil II, Innerster Kreis (Nothwendigkeit) Galerie Jette Rudolph, Berlin
  • The Holy War, Chapter I, The Sacrifice of Youth, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, NY


  • Dem unbekannten Gott, Galerie Jette Rudolph Berlin (Kat., Revolver Verlag)


  • Dennis Rudolph, Ästhetischer Fundamentalismus, Galerie Jette Rudolph, Berlin


  • Punk- Club “Scream Bar”, Peking, China


Group exhibitions (selected)


  • Donatello parmi les fauves, Galerie Olivier Robert, Paris


  • La Vallée Patibulaire, Berlin


  • Waking the Dead, Autocenter, Berlin


  • Black Hole, Kunsthalle Andratx, Mallorca cur. by Friederike Nymphius


  • Der Autorität, Kunstverein Arnsberg
  • Apocalyptic Landscapes, Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam


  • Politische Ikonografie, Galerie Jette Rudolph, Berlin
  • Berlin Noir, curated by Felix Ensslin, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, NY
  • Männerfantasien curated by Ellen Blumenstein, Chung King Project, Los Angeles
  • Speakers, Aeroplastics, Brüssel


  • Big City Lab, AFB 2006 (kuratiert v. Friederike Nymphius)


  • Cosmo- Logic, Galerie Jette Rudolph Berlin
  • Deep- Action, Kolbe- Museum Berlin (Kat.)


Galerie Jette Rudolph


Upstream Gallery

Seven Swans Perspectives