Heimo Zobernig

20 February 2016 - 22 May 2016
Opening Friday, 19 February 2016, 7:00 pm
Solo exhibition

Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

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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.