The glass cabinets are rebuild in their original dimensions in a light construction of wood and the photographs are reproduced as black and white prints replacing the glass of the showcases. By using the most simple means the constructions are distanced from the notion of the precious that is inherent to any display in a museum. They constitute anchor points around which the exhibition spaces are wrapped.
The viewer of the installation is at an impossible position, not only because he finds himself between a variety of rooms within different buildings, but also because he is always on the other side of the glass.
The empty center of the display cases as constituted by applied arts of the past, finds its counterpart in the absence of the viewer.
Alexandra Leykauf (b. 1976, Germany) lives and works in Berlin.
Recent presentations include Walden Affairs, The Hague, and ‘Based in Berlin’ in KW, Berlin (2011); Kunst Museum Bonn, ‘Rehabilitation’ in WIELS, Brussels and ‘Chateau de Bagatelle’ in Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, Paris (2010).
Public collections include Centre Pompidou and Musée d’Art moderne de la ville de Paris, among others.
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