Free B. Spirit is a condensation of motives, topics, strategies, and styles which the artist has been preoccupied with for decades. These come to life in a series of new paintings and sculptures in combination with key artworks that were initially conceived in the 1980s, including the monumental painting „Westnacht“, which is exhibited for the first time ever. In order to understand the provenance of Fetting’s work, to be able to contextualize motifs such as the surfers, skaters, musicians, monsters, and fancy American rides that appear in his recent paintings, one has to go back to the mid-1970s and the general situation at the inception of his career: The still-active “Paragraph 175” in the German Criminal Code outlaws male homosexuality, while activists squat buildings in Berlin’s Kreuzberg disctrict and the gay rights movement – first and foremost the HAW (Homosexuelle Aktion Westberlin) – revolts against the status quo. Rainer Fetting is a crucial character in the advancement of “queer” discourses around gender, identity, the individual, and power, which did not only shape the younger generations of a globalized art world, but also still impact mainstream debates today.