April 16, 2008 - Kölnischer Kunstverein - Resident
April 16, 2008


Mark Leckey, poster for the exhibition
“Resident” at Kölnischer Kunstverein

Central Art Award 2008
Mark Leckey

April 17 – June 8, 2008

Die Brücke
Hahnenstraße 6
D – 50667 Cologne
Tuesday to Friday 1-7pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm


Mark Leckey (born 1964), laureate of the Central Art Award, is presenting a comprehensive solo exhibition at the Kölnischer Kunstverein under the title of Resident. This title refers not only to Leckey’s residency at the Kunstverein but also to the idea of the exhibition, which is arranged along the main horizontal and vertical axes of the building. One of Leckey’s characteristic strategies is to use his place of residence as a starting point for his work.

In Mark Leckey’s exhibition we meet some well-known stars of popular culture, such as Jeff Koons’s Bunny or the cartoon figure of Felix the Cat, who came to fame during the 1920s in America. The exhibition presents both new and existing sculptures, animations, videos and films arising from Leckey’s fascination with cinema and television. He is concerned with the question of when an image becomes an object and vice versa, and how effects are created and perceived. In addition to the video installation Cinema-in-the-Round, a spatial intervention taking in the cellar, cinema and theatre reflects on the mechanisms of television and radio. On May 14th Leckey will hold a live performance in the film set installation on the stage. He will give a lecture on his ideas about the history of television, its significance and decay including the role of the BBC in
this context.

The international jury for the 2008 Central Art Award of 75,000 Euro consisted of curators Heike Munder (Migros Museum, Zurich), Catherine Wood (Tate Modern, London) and Charles Esche (VanAbbe Museum, Eindhoven), the chairman of the board of the Central Krankenversicherung, Dr. Joachim von Rieth, Kathrin Jentjens and Anja Nathan-Dorn.

The exhibition catalogue is a co-production of the Kölnischer Kunstverein and Le Consortium, Dijon.

At this year’s Art Cologne, the Kölnischer Kunstverein will be represented for the first time by an installation – referring to the exhibition of the Central Art Award laureate – at the Open Space. Mark Leckey will present his 7Windmill Street Interior (2007), which reproduces his London apartment as a film set. In conjunction with the exhibition Leckey has produced a limited silk-screen edition for acquisition by members of
the Kunstverein.

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