The window, the membrane between inside and outside, becomes sculpture: from March to November 2022, the Waldfrieden Sculpture Park will present a series of three consecutive exhibitions in which, for the first time, the architecture of an exhibition hall will become the artistic point of departure.
Daniel Buren, Tatsuo Miyajima and Bettina Pousttchi will realise a new work for the glass façade of the exhibition hall in the lower park area for three months at a time.
The viewers reach the hall from the higher park area via a slightly sloping footpath. The initial view of the hall and the artwork gives way to an under-view as soon as one stands in front of the hall.
Each work is applied directly to the large window front of the main façade and visually and conceptually connects the outside space, the park, with the inside space of the hall. The window itself thus becomes the object. The interplay between the outside and the inside, the changing light conditions in the change of day and seasons and the shadow drawings on the hall floor and walls, create a multi-layered associative image. The hall remains deliberately empty for each exhibition for further objects.
The three artists from three generations each stand for an independent artistic oeuvre that has been internationally recognised for many years. In the Waldfrieden Sculpture Park, they are brought into context for the first time in this exhibition series.
Daniel Buren: 19 March – 22 May
Since the 1970s, Daniel Buren (*1938, lives and works in-situ) has realised works in and on architecture, for example in 2016 for the façade of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris or as part of his exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum New York in 2005. A striking visual and recurring detail of his work is the use of 8.7 cm wide vertical white stripes. In this way, he links his works, which he has realised worldwide, into an overall context. A permanent installation by Daniel Buren is located in the café of the Von der Heydt – Museum Wuppertal.
Tatsuo Miyajima: 4 June – 21 August
Tatsuo Miyajima (*1957, lives and works in Ibaraki, Japan) has become internationally known for his works and installations made of coloured LED (light-emitting diode) numbers that count from 1 to 9 at different speeds. The artist deals with fundamental questions of our perception of time and space. Tatsuo Miyajima has realised numerous works in correspondence with architecture, for example for the University Dufour in Geneva, the Denver Art Museum in the USA or for the façade of the ICC Tower in Hong Kong in 2016. One of his well-known LED works is installed in the Villa Waldfrieden.
Bettina Pousttchi: 3 September – 6 November
Bettina Pousttchi (*1971, lives and works in Berlin) has become internationally known for her black-and-white photo installations, which often cover entire building facades and refer to the urban or historical context of a place. Among others, she realised a photographic work for the main façade of the Konzerthaus Berlin in 2021, a work on windows as part of her exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas in 2014 or for the Rotunda and the East Wing of the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt in 2012. From December 2021 to June 2022 her works will be exhibited at the Arp Museum Rolandseck and from June 2022 there will be an exhibition at the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, for which the artist will realise a large installation on the roof terrace.
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