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Joachim Kupke’s artworks employ old master techniques as part of a realist artistic direction. They draw upon well-known works of art to which the artist feels a close connection and affinity. More than with the ironic and the new, they are concerned with the authenticity of the imagined and its devaluation as brought about by mass media’s methods of reproduction. It is from an understanding of the constantly escalating and fragmentary nature of our perception, and its connection to the flood of images whose reproductions deluge us on a daily basis, that his technically brilliant comments emerge; on art, and on art as an art about art.