Mal d'archive. All the works ensembles involve the continuous transformation of self-portraits of the artist, which are interpreted conceptually. Their serial repetition calls into question the capacity of the single portrait to capture the individual's identity.
Curator Marion Ackermann
Katharina Sieverding’s Stauffenberg-Block (I–XVI /1969), from the permanent collection of the Kunstsammlung, forms the center of this exhibition in the Bel Etage of the K21. Due to its enormous dimensions, this ensemble – consisting of 16 large-format color photographs of the artist – can be shown only infrequently.
The title refers to Claus von Stauffenberg, the resistance fighter who was executed in 1944 after a failed assassination attempt against Hitler. This early work is combined with two additional series (Maton Solarisation 1969 and Transformer Cyan Solarisation 1973/74). All three ensembles involve the continuous transformation of self-portraits of the artist, which are interpreted conceptually. Their serial repetition calls into question the capacity of the single portrait to capture the individual‘s identity.
These three work groups are juxtaposed with two photographic works from the series Visual Studies 2002, as well as an archival storage unit (ORWO 2014), which is presented as a spatial object. These works allude to the polymorphous pictorial archive upon which Katharina Sieverding bases her work, one whose thematic and visual implications she continually reconstitutes.
Sieverding’s oeuvre has evolved over a period of four decades into a wealth of statements that are situated between polarities such as individual and society, sensibility and critique, presence and withdrawal.
Distanz Verlag, 152 pages, 64 full-page color or duotone illustrations, hardcover, blothbound. With an essay by Diedrich Diederichsen. German-Englisch, price 38,- Euro.
Partners und Sponsors
The exhibition is sponsored by: NATIONAL-BANK
Corporate partner: Breuninger
Media partner: Handelsblatt
Image: Stauffenberg-Block VI, 1969, C-Print, Acrylic, Steel, 190 x 125 cm, © Katharina Sieverding / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014, Foto: Klaus Mettig / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014
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Opening Friday, May 9, 2014, 7 p.m.
Speakers: Marion Ackermann, Artistic Director, and Thomas A. Lange, Chairman of the Management Board NATIONAL-BANK AG
Bel Etage of the K21 Ständehaus
Ständehausstr. 1 40217 Düsseldorf Germany
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