090810: Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe Miroslaw Balka – We can see you

Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe Miroslaw Balka – We can see you 16.04.2010 – 22.08.2010 Screened views What is to be done if the special exhibition area is almost non-existent or very limited, yet both the collection as well as the ambition to present it is huge? Pia Müller-Tamm, the new director of the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe came up with a new concept - and it looks like Müller-Tamm’s deliberations gave the museum’s treasures a new perspective - even in the eyes of its loyal core audience. Currently, everyone who wishes to view the Museum’s substantial collection of Early German art will be led through a corridor formed by wire grating. The corridor stretches over 100 meters and is not narrow enough to make one feel confined but not wide enough to offer ample freedom of movement. It defines the path and prevents any propinquity to the exhibited works. With his work “How it is”, Miroslaw Balka recently demonstrated what it feels like to enter a pitch-black container over a ramp at London’s Tate Modern. Karlsruhe’s guest curator Julian Heynen’ choice fell upon Balka as the artist most capable of designing a project dealing with the Karlsruhe Kunsthalle's vast collection. Müller-Tamm described Balka’s work as a “metaphor for a new way of looking at things, which could transpose the museum into a mode of productive unrest.” The Kunsthalle has always offered first class work in the areas of collecting, preserving, researching and mediating - future exhibitions now promise to be exciting. By Daniela Gregori In July, Miroslaw Balka was elected to join the Academy of Arts. This international body, which is headquartered in Berlin, advises the German government on cultural issues. New members are elected by secret ballot. Among the main requirements for the election is that the artists significantly “shape the art of their time”. Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe 76133 Kunsthalle Hans-Thoma-Strasse 2-6 Tel: 0721 – 926 33 59 Fax: 0721 – 926 67 88 email: info@kunsthalle-karlsruhe.de www.kunsthalle-karlsruhe.de Opening hours: Tue – Fri: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat, Sun, Holidays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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