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Translator's Afterword

Essen & Dusseldorf


1、ドイツはエッセンのMuseum Folkwang Essenで、Casper David Friedrichの大きな回顧展。

2、デュッセルドルフのMuseum kunst palastでZERO-exhibition。



3、同じく デュッセルドルフはK21という美術館でMartin Kippenbergarの回顧展(先月までロンドンのテイトモダンでやっていたものの巡回展です)。

K21での展示は、入り口の吹き抜けに「The happyend of Franz kafka's America」があったり、他の作品も広い空間の中にいっぺんに置かれていて、仕事のシリーズ別に分かれつつも共鳴し合っている感じが良かったです。こういう場所だとキッペンベルガーのペインティングのマテリアルがすごく良く見えます。



写真はCasper David Friedrich。

June 30, 2006 9:17 AM


Essen & Dusseldorf

We went on an excursion organized by Rijksakademie. We went to:
1. A retrospective exhibition of Casper David Friedrich in Museum Folkwang Essen.
He is a painter from the Romantic period; but my impression of his paintings was quite different from what I had expected. His touch is thin and light, and rather flat. His paintings appeared familiar to me as his means for expression is more like an animation.

2. ZERO-exhibition in Museum kunst palest in Dusseldorf.
ZERO is a group of artists who were involved with the avant-garde movement in Europe in the 1950s and the 1960s. This retrospective exhibition shows works of artists like Lucio Fontana and Yves Klein, but also of GUTAI movement in Japan, offering a comprehensive overview of the avant-garde movement. It was nice to see so many works of GUTAI.

There were some video images from that time (some images of artists in their studios, an image from the outdoor sculpture exhibition in Gunma, etc.). These images make us see how these works evolved as a ‘re-action’ to the circumstances. These works present themselves differently when they are put in a neutral abstract space of the museum. They appear just as ‘an action.’ It was interesting to see that difference.
Having recorded images is very useful in this kind of occasion, I thought.

3. A retrospective exhibition of Martin Kippenberger in K21 in Dusseldorf (– the same exhibition as the one at Tate Modern in London till the end of last month).

At the entrance hall, they had ‘The happy-end of Franz Kafka’s America.’ Other works are also shown in a big open space, and it was interesting to see how these works ‘resonate’ when they are put together in such a space. This whole dynamics make the materials of Kippenberger’s painting stand out.

The exhibition looked quite different from when I saw it at Tate Modern, where the space is also big but closed and separated into rooms. It was nice to see it again in a different space.

Well, that’s all for now about the excursion.

The images are from Casper David Friedrich, which I took from the exhibition pamphlet. If you are interested in, please check real catalogues.

June 30, 2006 9:17 AM