Heimo ZobernigHERE AND NOW
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
What does it mean to “present art” today? How has the institution of the “museum” changed? The new exhibition series HERE AND NOW at Museum Ludwig questions the conventions of the institution’s own work and aims at renegotiating the format of conventional museum exhibitions. To this end, the museum will open its doors and cooperate with international figures from a variety of fields. A space for interdisciplinary experiments will be created that will include forms of production such as design, music, and theater as well as archives, record labels, and publishers.
The series will begin with the Austrian artist Heimo Zobernig. His experimental approach to the concept of sculpture often leads him to previously unexplored boundaries between art and architecture or design. For instance, he developed two large-scale, black installations for the floor and ceiling of the Austrian pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2015, which playfully question the relationship between bodies in space. Part of this radical yet minimalist installation will be transferred to the Museum Ludwig. The full-scale replica will serve as a pedestal for the museum’s sculpture collection. This succinct placement can be read as a humorous and ironic commentary on collections and artistic self-conception.