6 February - 1st May 2016
|Friday, 5 February 2016 at 7pm
|"Galerie der Gegenwart"
Access via Westfälischer Kunstverein, Rothenburg 30,
For the second time, and in close collaboration, the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur and the Westfälischer Kunstverein are presenting an exhibition in the series RADAR. In her exhibition “Unfolding”, the Bremen based artist Effrosyni Kontogeorgou (born 1980, Athens) is showing two works especially conceived for the Galerie der Gegenwart (Contemporary Gallery).
In her site-specific works Effrosyni Kontogeorgou deeply immerses herself in the nature, function and history of spaces. Her practice is formally determined by interrelationships between differing media and materials, as is likewise the case for the exhibition “Unfolding”. The artist has developed a large-scale installation specifically for the space in Münster, comprising sculptural elements, together with a projection and technical components. In the entrance area to the Galerie der Gegenwart visitors initially encounter the video installation “A Thought of Flying” (2015). A sheet of paper, attached to the wall, being moved by a draft of air, seems repeatedly on the verge of falling down. Where is the draft coming from? The work focuses on perceptions of the space, on the principles of its structural engineering, as well as the conditions informing the framework for the professional display of exhibits. In terms of conservation, air-conditioning is of particular importance to an exhibition space. Due to its large glass façade, the air-conditioning in the Galerie der Gegenwart is different to that of the rest of the museum, namely in the use of a flow of warm air from grills set in the floor. The flow of air is even physically perceptible. Leaving the steps behind and entering the actual space, it becomes apparent that it is unusually narrow and long. The artist has inserted an additional wall, dividing the volume of the space. This change in proportions results in a foregrounding of the dimensions of the space, and above all its length. Our attention is shifted towards proportions of scale, interrelations and movement, our entire awareness focusing on the existent as well as the integrated architecture. The entrance to a completely dark, tube-like passage is located at the far end of the space, in which a genuine wind is blowing. In an analogy to the virtual movement of air in the projection of the piece of paper at the beginning of the exhibition, the draft of air is now physically evident. Contradicting the concept of making objects and images visible in a museum, here instead complete darkness reigns. Hands search for a hold on the wall, eyes only slowly accustom themselves to the darkness. At the end of the space, the ground suddenly changes, feet slightly sinking into a floor of sand, our progress is hindered and the space comes to an end. Here the artist is referencing a specific feature of the building’s architecture, which she learned about during conversations about the museum. In the basement of the building there is a hollow space which was completely filled with sand, probably to bolster the supporting structure of the old building’s foundations, and is consequently unusable. “Unfolding” then also becomes a reference to inaccessible, thus mysterious spaces. In the installation, Effrosyni Kontogeorgou foregrounds the perceptions of the visitor, focussing the attention of our visual apparatus, by partially disabling it.
Effrosyni Kontogeorgou "Unfolding" opens on Friday, 5 February 2016 at 7pm, concurrently to Jon Rafman's opening at Westfälischer Kunstverein.
Ill.: Effrosyni Kontogeorgou, "A thought of flying", 2015, video installation, Din-A4 sheet of paper, 7’30” loop, no sound
Photos: LWL/Hanna Neander
A cooperation by LWL-State Museum and Westfälischer Kunstverein
With support of Kulturstiftung der Westfälischen Provinzial-Versicherungen.
Friday, 5 February at 7pm
Artist Talk with Effrosyni Kontogeorgou, Jenni Henke and Marijke Lukowicz
Thursday, 7 April at 7pm
Kunstpause with Marijke Lukowicz
Thursday, 21 April at 12:30 Uhr
open until 10pm, admission free