January 26, 2010 - Frankfurter Kunstverein - The Inner Life of Things
January 26, 2010

The Inner Life of Things

Nina Canell
“Temporary Encampment (Five Blue Solids)” (Detail), 2009
Photo: Canell & Watkins
Courtesy the artist and Konrad Fischer Galerie

The Inner Life of Things
February 5 – April 25, 2010

Opening: February 4, 2010, 7 pm

Steinernes Haus am Römerberg,
Markt 44, 60311 Frankfurt am Main,
Germany

www.fkv.de

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Nina Canell, Florian Haas, Till Krause, Bettina Lauck, Yoon Jean Lee, Egill Sæbjörnsson and Andreas Wegner. In addition some exhibits from Museum der Dinge / Werkbundarchiv (Berlin)

The probing of nature and the world of things through representation and imitation in order to gain a deeper understanding of the worlds being, runs like a thread throughout the history of fine art. The exhibition “The Inner Life of Things” takes the concept of mimesis, understood as an imitative representation of reality, and its role in contemporary artistic productions as a point of departure. The works and projects by Nina Canell, Florian Haas, Till Krause, Bettina Lauck, Yoon Jean Lee, Egill Sæbjörnsson and Andreas Wegner present various methods in the search for the “inner life of things”. They show painterly, photographic or filmed effigies of mundane objects, for example bottles, glasses, balls, stones, mushrooms, flowers, tools, toys or everyday products.

Adopting diverse observational and representational approaches, they attempt to draw conclusions on the being of objects, by way of their forms. They thereby produce something fundamentally new too: apparently found or artificially created objects reveal quite unexpected traits through serial photographic analysis and staged or contextual configurations. The works brought together in the exhibition question in exemplary fashion the character of the “real world” as well as the observer’s relationship to it. In addition to the seven artistic positions taken, some exhibits from the Museum der Dinge / Werkbundarchiv (Berlin) will be on display.

SPONSORS: “The Inner Life of Things” is made possible by the kind support of Culture Ireland and Center for Icelandic Art.

EXHIBITION CURATED BY: Holger Kube Ventura

INFORMATION: www.fkv.de
PRESS CONTACT: Julia Wittwer (Head of Press), Stefanie Spiegelhalder (Assistant), Frankfurter Kunstverein, Steinernes Haus am Römerberg, Markt 44, 60311 Frankfurt / Main, Germany
phone: +49.69.219314–30/-40, fax: +49.69.219314–11, e-mail: presse@fkv.de, www.fkv.de

(texts and images for download: www.fkv.de/frontend_en/presse.php)

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