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Doug Aitken
dal 7/7/2015 al 26/9/2015

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Axel Braun


Doug Aitken
Matthias Ulrich

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Doug Aitken

Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt

He combines film and music, architecture, performance and sculpture in a dynamic way. His works bear witness to a more profound observation of reality and reflect a philosophical analysis of the present world.

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Curator Matthias Ulrich

From July 9, 2015, Schirn Kun sthalle Frankfurt dedicates its entire exhibition space, inside and out, to the impressive work of American multimedia - artist Doug Aitken. It is not only the most comprehensive solo presentation of Aitken's work in Germany and beyond, but also an exhibitio n transcending spatial boundaries: Elaborate film installations across entire rooms and selected sculptures in the interior, as well as a site - specific sound installation in the exterior space of the Schirn, present a survey of the major stages in his crea tive work. Born in 1968 in Redondo Beach, California, Aitken transcends boundaries with his award - winning work. He combines film and music, architecture, performance and sculpture in a dynamic way. For more than 20 years, he has been creating works of art of fascinating audiovisual intensity and suggestive - seductive power. Aitken belongs to a generation of artists who have reassessed and decisively influenced the way we look at art : His works bear witness to a more profound observation of reality and reflec t a philosophical analysis of the present world. In his projects, Aitken has re - formulated the exhibition model to worldwide attention. B e it with the presentation of his work on the exterior facades of museums, including “sleepwalkers” at the Museum of Mo dern Art (MoMA) in New York , or the staging of unparalleled happenings , such as “Station to Station”, a 4,000 mile train journey from New York to San Francisco.

The Schirn will present A itken's kaleidoscopic universe i n more than 1400 square meters of ex hibition space. “SONG 1” (2012 /2015 ), “Black Mirror” (2011), “migration (empire)” (2008) and “diamond sea” (1997) will be shown in atmospheric spaces with corresponding sculptures, such as “Sunset (black and white) ” (2011) and “Listening” (2011). “Sonic Fo untain II ” (2013 /2015 ) will transform the public and freely accessible Rotunda of the Schirn into an acoustic - spherical space. Doug Aitken takes the viewer s of his work on a synesthetic journey around the world and to their inner self – in a maelstrom of e xpressive and rhythmically structured images. He poses existential questions, but does not provide easy answers. Instead, the artist expresses an almost ingenious enthusiasm for humanity and communal interaction. His themes continuously revolve around huma n civilization: the alienation of the individual and isolation in the mass; man's relationship with nature and technology ; and technology’s coexistence with nature as well as human relationships per se.

“For more than two decades, the works by American artist Doug Aitken have expand ed our possibilities of perception. For Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt , Doug Aitken, for the first time, casts a retrospective look at his influential oeuvre , resulting in a parcours that renders the architecture of the building invisible while connecting the different works to form a coherent spatial unit”, says Max Hollein, Director of Schirn Kunsthalle.

Curator Matthias Ulrich about the artist: “In addition to overcoming spatial boundaries, movement and velocity form two main motifs that Doug Aitken time and again takes up in his elaborate, thoughtful and perfect work. He explores our global and steadily accelerated present. His works challenge our immediate experience, which begins with sensual perception and ends in activity. We never find ourselves in front of Doug Aitken’s works, but rather, within them.”

The exhibit ion journey starts in the exterior space. In the Schirn - Rotunda, there is Sonic Fountain II , a site - specific extended version of the work from 2013. It marks the beginning of the exhibition , and, at the same time, provides its soundtrack. Water drips and spurts into a basin formed from sand and gravel, filled with milky liquid. It is a musical composition of liquid noises that is compacted acoustically by the vessel - shaped architecture of the Rotunda.

The exhibition “Doug Aitken” is supported by the Gem einnützige Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain as part of its new temporary focus theme “Transit” (2015 – 2017).

The exhibition is accompanied by an e xtensive supporting program, including a presentation of “Station to Station” during the exhibition at th e Schirn as well as a SCHIRN AT NIG HT on September 12, 2015 from 7 p.m. – with the premiere of a recomposition of “I Only Have Eyes For You” by musicia ns of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, two live performances and the presentation of the film “Station to Station”.

Doug Aitken. Edited by Matthias Ulrich and Max Hollein. Foreword by Max Hollein, essays by Joseph Akel, Dominic Eichler, Jörg Heiser, Martin Herbert, April Lamm, Katya Tylevich and Matthias Ulrich. German/Eng lish Edition

Image: Black Mirror, 2011 Courtesy the artist; 303 Gallery, New York; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; Regen Projects, Los Angeles Film Still © Doug Aitken

Press contact:
Axel Braun - Head of Press/Public Relations: T +49 (0)69 299882153 / F +49 (0)69 299882240 /

Opening on July 8, 2015 at 7 p.m.
in the presence of Doug Aitken with a large summer festival, including a musical live act by Burnt Friedmann and Jaki Liebezeit.

Römerberg, 60311 Frankfurt
€ 10, concessions €8, family ticket € 18;
free of charge for children under eight years

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