26.10 - 29.11.99
Curators: Rebecca Horn,
Milada Slizinska (CCA)
Rebecca Horn is one of the most illustrious contemporary German artists. In her work, she combines a variety of media: video, performance, installation, and sculpture. Since early 1970's she has been involved in film-making, too. A contributor to the documenta 5, 6, 7, 9 in Kassel, Germany. She has presented her work at the Pompidou Centre, Paris; Tate Gallery, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Guggenheim Museum, New York. She lives in Berlin, New York City, and Paris.
She designs and makes instruments used for a presentation of the human body: spatial installations where human being is one of the main presentation elements. In her work Horn conducts a multi-layer discourse on Nature, Culture, and Technology issues. Often does she employ mythological allusions. The fundamental topic of her work is human hypersensitivity, emotionality, obsessions, and fears. She frequently uses, as the setting for her projects, places marked historically or emotionally in some specific way; her environments are at times conceived outside any museum areas.
The present CCA exhibition has been prepared by Ms. Horn specially for the Stuttgart-based Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) and will turn into a travelling exhibition. For the first time ever in the history of Polish relations with the ifa, an exhibition's premiere show takes place in Warsaw, having been prepared in consideration with the specific requirements of the Ujazdowski Castle interior.
The main component of the exhibition is a multi-layer installation named Time goes by, created with the L.A. premiere show of Rebecca Horn's film Buster's Bedroom, serving as a motion-picture hommage ą Buster Keaton (starring Geraldine Chaplin and Donald Sutherland). Around the installation, other works have been gathered, showing a form and style that are typical to the artist. This situation of a combination, and reciprocal relation, of sculpture/installation and film, constitutes a focal theme of the exhibition.
Film and video, originally used by Horn as the media for documentation of her performance shows, have with passage of time become autonomous works of art in which the plot and the objects featured are unified as a new creative value and artistic quality. A tight union of sculptured objects and the language of film proves the foundation of the artists' output. However, her installations, objects and films are based on texts of a predominantly emotional nature, deprived of a linear narrative. Objects conceived by the artist play a double role in the films - illustrating and interpreting a novel presented in the form of motion images. In this way, the installation Time goes by was created - on the grounds of the Buster's Bedroom film.
REBECCA HORN: MOTION PICTURE 1970-1996|
A RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW
26th-29th October; 16th-19th November, 5 p.m., Gallery 1
16th October, 16th November |
Buster's Bedroom (1990) (110 min)
Introduction to the 26th Oct. session by Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, PhD
27th October, 17th November|
Performances 1 (1970) (16 min);
Performances 2 (1972-74) (45 min)
28th October, 18th November |
Paradisewidow (1975) (16 min);
La Ferdinanda (1980) (90 min)
29th October, 19th November |
The Eintanzer (1978) (45 mins.);
Cutting Through the Past (1996) (55 min)
|Please mind that on 26th-29th Oct. and 16th-19th Nov., |
by way of exception, the exhibitions open until 6 p.m.
Rebecca Horn on the net
The exhibition has been prepared by the ifa - Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations in Stuttgart, Germany For the Warsaw feature - in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut
Sponsored by Stiftung fūr Deutch-Polnische Zusammenarbeit / Polish-German Co-operation Foundation and the 'Planete' Television