Exhibition opening

ars viva 09/10 - Geschichte / History

12.06.2010, 18:00



Mariana Castillo Deball

Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda

Dani Gal


In a time of increasing media dominance even the most up-to-date things rapidly become outmoded. In this context, the preoccupation with history appears to offer a possibility to pause and slow down. This year the renowned ars viva exhibition, organised by the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft, awarded prizes to Mariana Castillo Deball (*1975 Mexiko), Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda (*1976 USA and 1977 Japan, respectively) and Dani Gal (*1975, Israel), artists who have converged anew on the term “history”, accommodating societal developments not purely attributed to confusing and increasingly rapid forums of communication.



Spartacus Chetwynd

Gustav Metzger

Katharina Sieverding

This collection presentation emphasizes on its space-filling, performative installations. For the performance of The Fall of Man, A Puppet Extravaganza, first shown at the Tate Triennial in 2006, Spartacus Chetwynd (*1973 GB) constructed a complex stage installation. Chetwynd not only reconstructs and deconstructs elements of theatrical history, but takes the virtual representation of power and culture as her theme. Gustav Metzger's (*1926 D) kaleidoscopic Liquid Crystal Environment (1965–1998) was premièred as a psychedelic stage set at a rock concert by The Who in 1966. Katharina Sieverding’s (*1945 Czech Republic) work Transformer (1973–74) circles around the complex and multi-layered question of individual identity and its relation to existing social structures.


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