Friday Late Night
every first Friday of a month Villa Stuck opens for early :-) night owls.
20.30 Uhr MVHS-Führung durch Willy Fleckhaus. Design, Revolte, Regenbogen
I would like to join this time the Abbas Akhavan one and later explore the exhibition before having a drink in the garden area.
Abbas Akhavan is one of the emerging artists in Canada and a generation of art, focusing on social issues in her location-specific, often ephemeral, work. In the Museum Villa Stuck, the Akhavan, born in Tehran in Protected content , shows his first large solo exhibition, which combines older works with works specially created for the exhibition. In these mostly installative works, the artist deals with themes that revolve around destruction and exclusion as well as the act of preservation and restoration.
Visitors enter the atelier building built by Franz von Stuck in Protected content , and are immediately confronted with a barrier. Untitled Garden Protected content , a hedge from Thuja occidentalis brabant, compels to a detour. The hedge, as used in the cityscape or in the suburb as a mark of private or public space, impedes access, it borders. The Thuja, the evergreen tree of life, has its own history of colonialism: native to the eastern part of Canada, it was a commercial commodity between Great Britain and its colony of Canada; It was already used in the 16th century to characterize private property. The multi-layered use of the plant describes Akhavan's artistic gesture: moving objects from the domestic environment into the exhibition space, thereby shifting the interior and exterior. The serial series of plants is used by the artist to combine historical strategies for the recognition of private property with the participation of the viewer; This may feel like an intruder.
For his exhibition, Akhavan reveals the traces of the previous exhibition: the walls are not perfect and unrenovated, they switch off the air-conditioning system, built-in windows are opened, fresh air and light from outside circulate in the hermetically sealed rooms. Akhavan asks, therefore, about the limits of the museum's tasks: Are the usual methods of preservation still to be observed and are they contemporary?
Akhavan describes his works as studies or as variations, they are conceptually designed and indicate that they are part of a creative process that has not yet been completed. The artist visualizes these considerations in objects that refer to nature and the four elements: fire, water, earth or air, plants or animals become elementary design entities.
Akhavan's work includes sculpture, installation, drawing, video and performance. Due to stays in different scholarship programs and without the atelier and the constant production of works, the occasion is the occasion for the exhibition itself, the center of its art production. Akhavan (born Protected content Tehran, lives and works in Toronto) is represented in numerous exhibitions, including solo exhibitions at The Delfina Foundation, London Protected content Mercer Union, Toronto Protected content FLORA, Bogota Protected content SALT Galata, Istanbul Protected content .
(photos from artist homepage and homepage of Villa Stuck / text hp Villa Stuck & google translator)
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