Opening: October 3rd at 8 pm | 2014
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 8 pm
Karin Kneffel presents in the exhibition a series of artworks inspired by the architecture of the Mies van der Rohe's Barcelona Pavilion. A collection of paintings that refer to the singularity and to the absence of the Pavilion at its origins, a space that was reconstructed between 1983 and 1986. Simultaneously to the exhibition in the gallery, the artist extends the project with an intervention in the Barcelona Pavilion, where she will be showing large-scale works of art, specifically created for this location.
In this series, Karin Kneffel focuses on time and in space. The artist's aim is to stress the fact that the current Pavilion is a reconstruction of the original from 1929, stating the differences in the structure and the texture of the materials. It is especially evident in the onyx, which can be seen when comparing with historic black and white images. The artist comprises the past and the present by representing the courses of perception involving the viewer in the composition process. By creating an illusion in the painting the visitor is invited to experience the reconstruction of the Pavilion.
The artworks refer directly to the exhibition space, reflecting not only the current situation of the Pavilion, but also how the viewer is positioned towards it: his movements and considerations become part of the painting process. Based on old black and white reproductions, Kneffel suggests the re-emergence of the historic Pavilion –observed through the glass of a window– seen as a luminous reflection cast in a bluish light. Moreover, the viewer is able to recognize the handprints that previous spectators have drawn in the tarnished glass, letting the former viewer assume its absence. This fact reiterates the voyeuristic motif.
Through this collection, the representation of the tarnished glass and the drops painted in the forefront make the spectator look closer into the painting to appreciate its details, and thereafter step back to see the painting as a whole. This is how the work can only be experienced in total: in the interference of proximity and distance, originality and reconstruction, past and present… In a constant process of reflection which characterizes Karin Kneffel's oeuvre.
Karin Kneffel was born in 1957 in Marl, (Nordrhein-Westfalen). She lives and works in Düsseldorf and Munich, where she has a professorship at the "Akademie der Künste". She studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy with Gerhard Richter. Various fundamental museum exhibitions have been accompanying her oeuvre. The latest took place at "Haus Esters" in Krefeld, another Mies van der Rohe building, whose architecture Karin Kneffel explicitly reflects, same as here in the Barcelona
Consell de Cent, 337
08007 Barcelona, Catalonia
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