www.gregor-schneider.de

u r 1

Rheydt 1986, room within a room, chipboards on a construction made of steel and wood along with posts, 2 doors, 1 window, 1 lamp, 1 radiator, grey carpet, white walls and ceiling, detached, ca. 30 - 50 cm distance from the outer room (298 x 396 x 249 cm (L x W x H), S 1,5 - 12 cm), HAUS u r, Rheydt, Germany 1985 - today

u 7-10, KÜCHE

Rheydt 1987, wall in front of a wall, plaster blocks, white (160 x 239 cm (W x H), S 10 cm), floor above a floor, concrete floor, brown carpet (160 x 296 cm (L x W), S 3cm), ceiling below a ceiling, wood on a wooden construction, ca. 50 cm distance to the ceiling (160 x 196 cm (L x W), S 4 cm), water container in a wall, glass (10 x 10 x 10 cm (L x W x H)), HAUS u r, Rheydt, Germany 1985 - today

u r 0

Rheydt 1985, room within a room, calcium-silicate bricks, mortar and wood, 1 door, white walls and ceiling, cement floor, brown carpet (128 x 236 cm (W x H), S 12 cm), HAUS u r, Rheydt 1985 - today

u 25 u 28-29, TREPPENHAUS

Rheydt 1989 - 1993, u 25: wall in front of a wall, plaster boards on a wooden construction, light yellow, 1 white door (333 x 580 cm (W x H), S 10 cm); u 28: wall in front of a wall, plaster boards on a wooden construction with wheels, light yellow (187 x 218 (W x H), S 9 cm); u 29: part of a wall in front of a wall, plaster boards on a wooden construction, light yellow (80 x 223 x 10 cm (W x H x D)), HAUS u r, Rheydt, Germany 1985 - today

u 28-29, FLUR

Rheydt 1989 - 1993, u 28: wall in front of a wall, plaster boards on a wooden construction with wheels, light yellow, deconstructed 1995 (187 x 218 cm (W x H), S 9cm), u 29: part of a wall in front of a wall, paster boards on a wooden construction, light yellow, deconstructed 1995 (80 x 223 x 10 cm (W x H x D)), HAUS u r, Rheydt 1985 - today

u 30, TREPPENHAUSS

Rheydt 1989 - 19993, wall in front of a wall, plaster boards on a wooden construction, light yellow (197 x 313 cm (W x H), S 5 cm), HAUS u r, Rheydt, Germany 1985 - today

u r 11 u 56, FLUR

Rheydt 1993, wall in front of a wall, plaster boards on a wooden construction, white (164x261cm (WxH) S 6cm), HAUS u r, Rheydt, Germany 1985 - today

u r 7, ATELIER

Rheydt 1990, room within a room, plaster boards on a wooden construction, plastering, 1 door, 3 windows, 2 lamps, grey wooden floor, white walls and ceiling (333x662x289cm (LxWxH), S 1,8-56cm), HAUS u r, Rheydt, Germany 1985 - today

u r 6, WUNDERKAMMER

Rheydt 1989, room within a room, concrete, plaster, blocks, wood, 1 window, 1 lamp, carpet and ceiling in brown, walls in white, immured 1989, detached (257 x 394 x 262 cm (L x W x H), S 12 - 20 cm), HAUS u r, Rheydt, Germany 1985 - today

u r 8, TOTAL ISOLIERTER TOTER RAUM

Giesenkirchen 1989, soil, lead, glass wool, sound-absorbing material in the room, 2 wooden constructions, 1 insulated door, Giesenkirchen, Germany 1989 - 1991

u r 10, (with inventory) KAFFEEZIMMER "Wir sitzen, trinken Kaffee und schauen einfach aus dem Fenster"

Rheydt 1993, rotating room within a room, plaster boards and chipboards on a wooden construction with posts and wheels, 1 engine, 2 doors, 1 window, 1 lamp, 1 cupboard, grey wooden floor, white walls and ceiling, detached, ca. 35 - 105 cm distance to the outer room, window looking south (246 x 289 x 234 cm (L x W x H), S 1,8 - 35cm), HAUS u r, Rheydt, Germany 1985 - today

u r 19 A, LIEBESLAUBE

Rheydt 1995, room within a room, blockboards on a wooden construction, 1 window, 1 lamp, 1 tub, 1 radiator, 1 cupbuard, grey wooden floor, white plastered walls and ceiling (440 x 296 x 314 cm (L x W x H), S 1 - 65 cm), HAUS u r, Rheydt, Germany 1985 - today

u r 19 A, LIEBESLAUBE

Rheydt 1995, room within a room, blockboards on a wooden construction, 1 window, 1 lamp, 1 tub, 1 radiator, 1 cupbuard, grey wooden floor, white plastered walls and ceiling (440 x 296 x 314 cm (L x W x H), S 1 - 65 cm), HAUS u r, Rheydt, Germany 1985 - today

u r 12, TOTAL ISOLIERTES GÄSTEZIMMER

2 layers of lead, 3 layers of glass wool, 1 layer of rock wool, 1 layer of sound-absorbing material around a room, 3 wooden constructions, plaster boards and plastering, 1 door, 1 lamp, 1 pit, grey wooden floor, white plastered walls and ceiling, detached (inside: 302 x 176 x 204,5 cm, outside: 436 x 212 x 240,5 cm ( L x W x H), S 12 – 100 cm, HAUS u r, Rheydt, Germany 1995

u 55, WALL

Düsseldorf 1993, 16.9.1993-, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany 16.09.1993 - 16.09.1994

u r 3 A, VERDOPPELTER RAUM

Rheydt 1988, room within a room, plaster boards and a wooden construction, 2 doors, 1 window, 1 lamp, grey floor, white walls and ceiling (245x263x243cm (LxWxH) S 1,8–21cm), HAUS u r, Rheydt, Germany 1985 - today

u r 3 B, VERDOPPELTER RAUM

Berlin 1994, room within a room plaster boards and a wooden construction, 2 doors, 1 window, 1 lamp, grey floor, white walls and ceiling (247x332x249cm (LxWxH) S 1,8–21cm), 11.3.1994- , Galerie Andreas Weiss, Berlin, Germany 11.03.1994 - 11.04.1994

u r 15, KATHEDRALE

Bern 1996, room within a room, breeze blocks and plaster boards, wood, plastering, 3 windows, 20 lamps, brown wooden floor, white walls and ceiling, detached, deconstructed 1996 (400x900x398cm (LxWxH), S 12-20cm), GREGOR SCHNEIDER, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland 31.01.1996 - 06.03.1996

u 67, WAND VOR SCHWARZEM STEIN VOR ROTEM STEIN

Bern 1996, wall in front of wall, breeze blocks and plastering, white (536x12x447cm (LxWxH)), ca. 20cm distance to the wall, black stone, plaster (50x46x7cm (LxWxH)), red stone, plaster (9x9x21,5cm (LxWxH)), GREGOR SCHNEIDER, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland 31.01.1996 - 06.03.1996

u r 28, MÜLLSACK IN WICHSECKE

Bremerhaven 1999, room within a room, plaster- and chipboards on a wooden construction, 3 lamps, 2 metal grids, 1 stone, 1 garbage palstic bag, cement floor, PVC floor, white walls and ceiling (500 x 475 x 310 cm (L x W x H)), SCHLAFEN, Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven, Germany 19.12.1999 - 23.01.2000

u r 28, MÜLLSACK IN WICHSECKE

Bremerhaven 1999 - Hamburg 2003, room within a room, plaster- and chipboards on a wooden construction, 3 lamps, 2 metal grids, 1 stone, 1 garbage palstic bag, cement floor, PVC floor, white walls and ceiling (500 x 475 x 310 cm (L x W x H)), GREGOR SCHNEIDER. HANNELORE REUEN, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg 11.02.2003 - 11.05.2003

u r 44, HANNELORE REUEN ALTE HAUSSCHLAMPE

life action, rebuilt 2003, room within a room, blockboards on a wooden construction, 1 door, light-bands, parquet floor, white walls and ceiling, 1 figure / life action (742 x 567 x 350 cm (L x W x H)), HANNELORE REUEN ALTE HAUSSCHLAMPE, Galeria Foksal, Warszawa, Poland 06.03.2000 - 08.03.2000

TOTES HAUS u r

Rheydt 1985 - 2001, 24 constructed rooms, mixed media (8,5x18,5x22m (LxWxH)), Deutscher Pavillon, 49. Biennale Venedig, Venezia, Italy 10.06.2001 - 04.11.2001

TOTES HAUS u r

Rheydt 1985 - 2001, 24 constructed rooms, mixed media (8,5x18,5x22m (LxWxH)), Deutscher Pavillon, 49. Biennale Venedig, Venezia, Italy 10.06.2001 - 04.11.2001

IM KERN

Rheydt 1985 - 2001, 24 constructed rooms, mixed media (8,5x18,5x22m (LxWxH)), Deutscher Pavillon, 49. Biennale Venedig, Venezia, Italy 10.06.2001 - 04.11.2001

UNTER IM KERN

Rheydt 1985 - 2001, 24 constructed rooms, mixed media (8,5x18,5x22m (LxWxH)), Deutscher Pavillon, 49. Biennale Venedig, Venezia, Italy 10.06.2001 - 04.11.2001

TOTES HAUS u r

Rheydt 1985 - 2001, 24 constructed rooms, mixed media (8,5x18,5x22m (LxWxH)), Deutscher Pavillon, 49. Biennale Venedig, Venezia, Italy 10.06.2001 - 04.11.2001

KELLER

Rheydt 1985 - Venedig 2001, room within a room, wood, stones, metal, plastering, different types of gypsum, cement, concrete, 1 door, 2 lamps, detached (6 rooms + corridor, together: 920 x 450 x 560 cm (L x W x H), S 1,2 - 40 cm), TOTES HAUS u r, German Pavilion, 49th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, Venezia, Italy 10.06.2001 - 04.11.2001

u r 18, PUFF (AUS BERLIN)

Rheydt 1996, room within a room, plaster- and chipboards on a wooden construction, plastering, 3 doors, 4 lamps, 1 mirror ball, wooden floor, red carpet, white plastered walls and ceiling, detached (340 x 120 x 210 cm (L x W x H), S 1,2 - 10 cm), TOTES HAUS u r, German Pavilion, 49th International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia, Venezia, Italy 10.06.2001 - 04.11.2001

TOTES HAUS u r

Rheydt 1985 - 2001, 24 constructed rooms, mixed media (8,5x18,5x22m (LxWxH)), Deutscher Pavillon, 49. Biennale Venedig, Venezia, Italy 10.06.2001 - 04.11.2001

TOTES HAUS u r

Rheydt 1985 - 2001, 24 constructed rooms, mixed media (8,5x18,5x22m (LxWxH)), Deutscher Pavillon, 49. Biennale Venedig, Venezia, Italy 10.06.2001 - 04.11.2001

u r 54, N. SCHMIDT

life action, rebuilt 2003, room within a room, plaster- and chipboards on a wooden construction, 1 glass door, 1 big window, light-bands, stone floor, white walls and ceiling, detached (838 x 474 x 310 cm (L x W x H)), Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven, Germany 20.10.2001 - today

u r 42 A, DOPPELGARAGE

Düren 2002, room within a room, plaster fiberboards on a wooden construction, plastering, concrete floor on a wooden construction, 1 garage door, 1 metal grid, 1 lamp, detached (623 x 353 x 257 cm (L x W x H)), Paper Art 8. International Biennale the paper art, Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren, Germany 15.09.2002 - 02.02.2003

u r 42 B, DOPPELGARAGE

Hamburg 2003, room within a room, plaster fiberboards on a wooden construction, plastering, concrete floor on a wooden construction, 1 garage door, 1 metal grid, 1 lamp, detached (623 x 353 x 257 cm (L x W x H)), GREGOR SCHNEIDER. HANNELORE REUEN, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany 11.02.2003 - 11.05.2003

u r 42 C, DOPPELGARAGE

Santa Fe 2003, room within a room, gypsum fiber boards on a wooden construction, plastering, concrete floor on a wooden construction, 1 garage door, 1 metal grid, 1 lamp, detached (623 x 353 x 257 cm (L x W x H)), UNEASY SPACE, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, USA 26.07.2003 - 23.11.2003

517 WEST 24TH STREET

New York 2003, room within a room, fermacell boards on a wooden construction, plastering, 1 entrance, 1 street lamp, 1 street bollard, 1 drain, concrete floor, stone sidewalk, motor oil and paint on the walls, detached (1400 x 500 x 400 cm (L x W x H)), Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA 10.11.2003 - 20.12.2003

LIVING ROOM (with view of the kitchen)

life action, London 2004, room within a room, fiberboards on a wooden construction, 1 door, 1 window, 1 lamp, 1 radiator, 1 fireplace, 2 cupboards, 2 sofas, 2 tables, 1 TV, walls and ceiling wallpaper, carpet on the ground, detached (inside: 310 x 290 x 235 cm (L x W x H), S 1,2 - 10 cm), DIE FAMILIE SCHNEIDER, Walden Street No. 16, London, Great Britain 28.09.2004 - 23.12.2004

LIVING ROOM (with view of the kitchen)

life action, London 2004, room within a room, fiberboards on a wooden construction, 1 door, 1 window, 1 lamp, 1 radiator, 1 fireplace, 2 cupboards, 2 sofas, 2 tables, 1 TV, walls and ceiling wallpaper, carpet on the ground, detached (inside: 310 x 290 x 235 cm (L x W x H), S 1,2 - 10 cm), DIE FAMILIE SCHNEIDER, Walden Street No. 14, London, Great Britain 28.09.2004 - 23.12.2004

(graphic elaboration) CUBE VENICE 2005

51. International Art Exhibition, Giardini della Biennale, Venedig, Italy, 12.06.2005-06.11.2005

CRYO-TANK PHOENIX 2

Düren 2006, elektro-polished stainless steel, 75 liters fluid (120 x 330 cm (W x H)), 26.11.2006, Fondazione Morra Greco, Napoli, Italy 26.11.2006 - 10.01.2007

400 METER DEAD BLACK END

26.11.2006, Fondazione Morra Greco, Napoli, Italy 26.11.2006-10.01.2007

PASSAGEWAY No. 1

Deurle 2006 - Düsseldorf 2007, room within a room, high-gloss chipboards on a wooden construction, 3 lamps, 12 doors, gray linoleum floor, high-gloss white walls, sound-absorbing material on the ceiling, detached (1500 x 200 x 230 cm (L x W x H), S 1,6 – 40 cm), WEISSE FOLTER, K20K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany 17.03.2007 - 15.07.2007

HIGH SECURITY AND ISOLATION CELL No. 3

Rheydt 2005, room within a room, chipboards on a wooden construction, 1 lamp, 1 stainless-steel toilet, 1 door, 1 mattress, gray linoleum floor, walls and ceiling high-gloss white, detached (338 x 220 x 230 cm (L x W x H), S 11 - 25 cm), WEISSE FOLTER, K20K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany 17.03.2007 - 15.07.2007

PASSAGEWAY No. 4

Rheydt 2005 - Düsseldorf 2007, room within a room, high glossy chipboards on a wooden construction, 3 lamps, 4 doors, grey PVC floor, high glossy white walls, sound-absorbing material on the ceiling, detached (1225 x 200 x 230 cm (L x W x H), S 1,6 - 40 cm), WEISSE FOLTER, K20K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany 17.03.2007 - 15.07.2007

CUBE HAMBURG 2007

Hamburg 2007, water-resistant chipboard on metal construction, black fabric, white stone base (14 x 1 4 x 14 m (L x W x H)), Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany 23.03.2007 - 10.06.2007

BONDI BEACH, 21 BEACH CELLS

Sydney 2007, metal mesh, air mattress, sunshade, garbage bag (20 x 20 x 2,5 m, each cell 4 x 4 x 2,5m (L x W x H)), Kaldor Art Projects, Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia 28.09.2007 - 21.10.2007

BONDI BEACH, 21 BEACH CELLS

Sydney 2007, metal mesh, air mattress, sunshade, garbage bag (20 x 20 x 2,5 m, each cell 4 x 4 x 2,5m (L x W x H)), Kaldor Art Projects, Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia 28.09.2007 - 21.10.2007

KINDERZIMMER (No. 2)

Rheydt 2008, room within a room, blockboards on a wooden construction, 1 lamp, 1 door, 1 mirror, beige PVC on a ground and at one wall, 3 walls white, pink ceiling (inside: 362 x 332 x 218 cm (L x W x H), S 11 - 14 cm), DOUBLINGS, Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Switzerland 18.04.2008 - 15.06.2008

KINDERZIMMER (No. 3)

Rheydt 2008, room within a room, blockboards on a wooden construction, 1 lamp, 1 door, 1 mirror, beige PVC on a ground and at one wall, 3 walls white, pink ceiling (inside: 362 x 332 x 218 cm (L x W x H), S 11 - 14 cm), DOUBLINGS, Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Switzerland 18.04.2008 - 15.06.2008

END

Mönchengladbach 2008, mixed media (14x14x66m (WxHxL)), Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany 08.11.2008-06.09.2009

IT'S ALL RHEYDT

Kolkata 2011, bamboos, wood, coir ropes, straw, clay, polystyrene, color (23 x 12,2 x 30 m (L x W x H)), Kolkata, India 01.10.2011 - 08.10.2011

IT'S ALL RHEYDT

Kolkata 2011, bamboos, wood, coir ropes, straw, clay, polystyrene, color (23 x 12,2 x 30 m (L x W x H)), Kolkata, India 01.10.2011 - 08.10.2011

IT'S ALL RHEYDT

Kolkata 2011, bamboos, wood, coir ropes, straw, clay, polystyrene, color (23 x 12,2 x 30 m (L x W x H)), Kolkata, India 01.10.2011 - 08.10.2011

DEAD END

Madrid 2011, plastic, metal, wood (10.000x160cm (LxD)), PUNTO MUERTO, Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo, Madrid, Spain 28.10.2011-26.02.2012

DEAD END

Madrid 2011, plastic, metal, wood (10.000x160cm (LxD)), PUNTO MUERTO, Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo, Madrid, Spain 28.10.2011-26.02.2012

KINDERZIMMER (No. 2)

Rheydt 2008, room within a room, chipboards on a construction made of wood, 1 door, 1 mirror, 1 lamp, beige PVC on a ground and at one wall, 3 walls white, pink ceiling (inside: 609x330x230cm, outside: 657x353x251cm (LxWxH)), PUNTO MUERTO, Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo, Madrid, Spain 28.10.2011-26.02.2012

STERBERAUM

Rheydt 2005 - 2007, room within a room, blockboards on a wooden construction, 2 doors, 2 window systems, 5 lamps, parquet floor, white walls and ceiling, detached (inside: 769,5 x 544 x 275 cm (L x W x H), S 11,6 - 43 cm), Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria 19.11.2011 - 28.01.2012

DARK ROOM (No. 2)

Edinburgh 2013, room within a room, metalboards on a construction made of steel, wooden floor, 2 doors, 1 lamp, black regupol on the floor, brown walls and ceiling, detached (590x370x215cm (LxWxH)), SÜßER DUFT, Summerhall, Edinburgh, Great Britain 02.08.2013-31.08.2013

BAD 2014

Köln 2014, room within a room, fiberboards on a wooden construction, 1 lamp, 2 doors, 1 shower cabin, 1 mirror, gray tiles on a ground, ceiling white, walls white and off-white, detached (inside: 314 x 250 x 212 cm, outside: 330,6 x 266,4 x 220 cm (L x W x H)), NEUERBURGSTRAße 21, Schauspiel Köln, Köln, Germany 19.06.2014 - 06.07.2014 & 23.08.2014 - 07.09.2014

HAUPTSTRASSE 85a

Stommeln 2014, wall before wall, chipboards on a wooden construction, 1 door, 4 windows, 4 window sills, 1 garage door, 1 letter box, 1 lamp, 1 house number, 1 bell button, yellow and white stucco on the walls, anthracite-colored pedestal (925 x 730 x 695 cm (W x H x D) S. 14,5cm), Synagoge Stommeln, Pulheim, Germany 03.07.2014 - 18.03.2015

GERMAN ANGST

Yokohama 2014, masoned room within a room with concrete floor and mud tank, plasterboard on ceiling, 1 door, 2 lamps, 2 ventilation grids, 1 locker, mud, stone, cement, gypsum, paint, varnish, fat, silicone, sperm, coffee (1.122x587x224cm (LxWxH) S. 19cm), YOKOHAMA TRIENNALE 2014, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan 01.08.2014 - 03.11.2014

ARCHIV 2014

Bochum 2014, room within a room, plasterboards on a construction made of steel, 3 lamps, 2 doors, 1 radiator, 1 security camera, diverse cupboards, 1 work table, 1 chair, 1 computer, gray linoleum, white ceiling panels, white walls, detached (inside: 450 x 515 x 240 cm, outside: 480 x 545 x 270 cm (L x W x H), S 10 cm), KUNSTMUSEUM, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum, Germany 29.08.2014 - 12.10.2014

BÜRO 2014

Bochum 2014, room within a room, plasterboards on a construction made of steel, 2 lamps, 2 doors, 1 radiator, 2 cupboards, 1 work table, 1 swivel chair, 1 computer, gray carpet, white ceiling panels, white wallpaper, detached (inside: 300 x 300 x 240 cm, outside: 330 x 330 x 270 cm (L x W x H), S 10 cm), KUNSTMUSEUM, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum, Germany 29.08.2014 - 12.10.2014

ESSEN

life action, Odenkirchener Str. 202, Rheydt, Germany 2014

SCHLAFEN

life action, Odenkirchener Str. 202, Rheydt, Germany 2014

ENTKERNTES GEBURTSHAUS 2014

Odenkirchener Str. 202, Rheydt, Germany 2014

ENTKERNTES GEBURTSHAUS 2014

Odenkirchener Str. 202, Rheydt, Germany 2014

HAUS u r

Rheydt, Germany 1985 - today

Current:

Fundamentalist Cubes: Inside Spaces by Bruce Nauman, Absalon, and Gregor Schneider, M-ARCO, Marseille, France

30.08.2018 - 19.03.2019
Gregor Schneider, u r 19 A, Liebeslaube

Gregor Schneider, u r 19 A, Liebeslaube (Love Nest), Rheydt, 1995. © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Curated by Ory Dessau

The exhibition Fundamentalist Cubes focuses on the figure of the empty space in the work of Bruce Nauman, Absalon, and Gregor Schneider, where bare rooms, corridors, and other architectural settings undergo personification, becoming a body, a psychic structure. Rather than a symmetrical mirror, the personification of architectural settings in the work of the three artists turns empty spaces into an ambivalent reflection of a body, a mechanism of simultaneous assertion and negation, introducing presence in terms of absence, and vice versa.

The title of the exhibition presupposes a shift from fundamental to fundamentalist cubes, in the course of which the universal geometry of elementary, absolute shapes is being replaced by a concoction of reductivist aesthetic and expressive overload. Following Minimalism’s critique of the white cube, the exhibition subverts the modernist model of the space of art as an immaterial, windowless container of autonomous display, situated outside the historical present of the everyday world. The works on view, each in its own way, shake the parameters upon which the ideal space of the white cube was constructed, by ascribing them to existing windowless institutions from which the world is sealed off, such as prisons and clinics.

At the same time, the exhibition also seeks to challenge Minimalism’s conception of the actualized space as a context in which the art object extends into an event—a concrete intervention in a real materialized place perceived in time by a particular viewing body. Rejecting the option of site-specificity, the exhibition’s empty spaces engage with the respective venue architecture only to separate themselves from it, to establish a sort of enclave that is both inside and outside. Neither phenomenological nor incorporative, these spaces are a kind of operation—a serial, prescribed scenario—whose object is the viewer; they require the bodily presence of the viewer not as a complementary factor, but in order to deprive the viewer of the ability to freely move and act within them.

Since the late 1960s Bruce Nauman (*1941) has been thematizing the appearance and disappearance of bodies through space, in an ongoing series of experiments combining sculpture, architecture, performance, video, sound, and language. These experiments signify the interplay between space and body as a metaphor of a unified selfhood or the loss thereof. The space of Nauman’s installations is both a corporeal and spectral entity—the topography of a dispersed, obscure body. Begun in 1991 and due to his premature death remained mostly unrealized, the Cellules (Cells) project by Absalon (1964–93) is a group of six different architectural prototypes of white cells, designed in accordance to the minimal volume his body required for the purpose of permanently accommodating the artist in the outdoors of six different cities and countries. The Cellules were initiated as the emanation of a total-personal space, and the cancellation of the urban-social space they would have been surrounded by.

In the work of Gregor Schneider (*1969) the figure of the empty space was begotten by, from, and within one particular site of origin: Haus u r (House u r), the abandoned residential building in his hometown Mönchengladbach-Rheydt, which he occupied from 1985 until 2001, all the while ceaselessly reconstructing it inwards, installing rooms inside the house’s preexisting rooms. Initially secondary, Haus u r was conceived as a replica of itself, as a copy without original—a duplicate that conceals and assimilates the thing it duplicates.

Bouncing in the corner, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany, Curator: Dr. Brigitte Kölle

16.02.2018 - 13.01.2019