In the Sonderausstellungshalle at the Kulturforum in Berlin, a spatial laboratory for experimenting with exhibition displays has been installed by the curators Elke Werner and Andreas Schalhorn. Creating a dynamic dialogue between the works of Albrecht Dürer and William Kentridge, seven curatorial themes reference the two significant artists. Their work is arranged in precise spatial sequences including different ways of observing and perceiving art. As part of a research project at the Freie Universität Berlin, double vision expands on the various methods of printing that originated in the sixteenth and twentieth centuries.
Nine existing height-adjustable square light elements, designed by the architects Heinz Hilmer, Christoph Sattler, and Thomas Albrecht, are the keynote of the conceptual design. Minimal spatial interventions, with low-partition walls and some specifically designed elements, further the ideas of experimenting with the display of printing technologies. Various positions of height and light intensity follow the curators’ themes and support the discourses constructed by the display. Specific elements, such as a softcover platform or a large table with seats for reading, aim to actively introduce visitors into an experimental dialogue with the carefully selected original prints. They invite viewers to lie or sit down, so as to familiarize themselves with the themes of the artwork, and thus to become active participants.
One part of the exhibition presents the works of Albrecht Dürer, which can be surveyed closely with a movable magnifying glass installed on tracks. In another part, one of Kentridge’s prints—an artwork showing his steps of creative production— has been enlarged on a transparent membrane and projected onto the exhibition floor for the visitors to physically follow, and let themselves be part of his creative process. All the sensory elements incorporated in the conceptual design result in this being perceived as an experimental space for displaying art.
2015, Kulturforum, 10875 Berlin.
Kulturforum Kupferstichkabinett Berlin.
Albrecht Dürer und William Kentridge.
Research project and exhibition architecture.
Exhibition area 500 sqm.
Staatliche Museen des Preußischen Kulturbesitzes
Design - HOLODECK architects
Project team - Marlies Breuss, Michael Ogertschnig
Curators - Elka Anna Werner, Andreas Schalhorn
Ass. Curator - Nadine Rottau
Photografy - Christian von Steffelin
Scope of work:
HOA/A, § (1)-(8)