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Transformed Objects

John Bock, Jürgen Drescher, Rachel Harrison, Alicja Kwade, Thomas Rentmeister, Margret Wibmer

January 29 to April 17, 2011

Curators: Zdenek Felik, Ludwig Seyfarth

Puzzling metamorphoses and transformations are phenomena met with more and more frequently in contemporary art. Although they are not direct appropriations or references, Surrealist concepts of art are indeed recollected when present-day artists playfully combine found objects or come up with unusual applications for materials. Behind the surface, the subconscious, the mysterious, and the indefinable are sought, while ambiguous elements and symbols appear in paintings, sculptures, and installations. Often, slight shifts of the usual order and nature of things can, all of a sudden, make the everyday seem alien and disturbing. These tendencies are expressed in particular through the production of objects — half-sculpture, half-assemblage — in which the encounter of contradictory meanings in the same work also formally manifests as incoherency or dissonance. In its presentation of three-dimensional objects, sculptures, installations, and photographs created between 2000 and today by six international artists, the exhibition Transformed Objects in KAI 10 | ARTHENA FOUNDATION traces these tendencies.

Exhibition views

Accompanying program

, 7 pm

NEW in KAI 10: Tandem tours of the exhibition

Ludwig Seyfarth (Curator of the exhibition),
Doris Krystof (Curator, K21 Kunststammlung NRW)

, 7 pm

NEW in KAI 10: Tandem tours of the exhibition

Julia Höner (Project Director KAI 10),
Markus Mascher (Curator, Leopold-Hösch-Museum
and Papiermuseum Düren)

, 7 pm

An evening of films by John Bock

hostet by Ludwig Seyfarth

, 7 pm

Artist talk

Artist talk: Ingrid Pfeiffer (Curator, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main)
in conversation with Margret Wibmer, plus catalogue launch

, 7 pm

Night of the Museums

19-23.30 Uhr (halbstündlich):
Kurzführungen durch die Ausstellung Transformed Objects mit dem Team von KAI 10
ab 21 Uhr: Filmprogramm in Kooperation mit der Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf:
Kenneth Anger, Fireworks, (USA, 1947, 16 Min.)
Richard Fleischer, Follow me Quietly, (USA 1949, 60 Min)
David Lynch, The Grandmother, (USA, 1970, 34 Min.)
23-2 Uhr: Bar in KAI 10 mit Musik von Oliver Tepel

Video about the exhibition

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