JAUME PLENSA "Canetti's Dream"
April 4 through June 3, 2006
Opening: April, 1st, 11 am
At the opening speaks Carsten Ahrens, Director of the Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, who curated the personal exhibitions of Jaume Plensa at the Kestner Gesellschaft Hannover and at the Reina Sofia, Madrid.
For years the Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa (*1955 Barcelona) is developing consistently a very homogeneous work, concerning the topics as well as the artistic formulations. Time and space, in relationship to the human body are fundamental topics in his work, in which literature has always had a special meaning.
The exhibition in the Mauroner Gallery will present some significant pieces of the "Three Graces" family. The group of the three enormous lucid fierglass-figures glowing with white light from inside, are emerging from the walls like unexpected "Graces". The names of the 8 doors of Jerusalem are covering eyes and mouth of each of the three figures: Jaffa, Zion, Dung, Golden, Lions, Damascus, Herod, New. Beside this, they also wear texts of Salomons Song of Songs.
The posture of the figures transmit due its meditate sitting positions relaxed presence and represent the unit of body, soul and spirit. The use of lucid material connects the convex plastic form of the outside with the concave container of inner life. Words, which create an inexhaustible "container of memory" are one of the topics, which Plensa re-thinks in different formulation again and again.
"Transparency versus massive density of the material, text versus object, light versus dark, outside versus inside, classical closed form versus open quasi-functional form – those are the elements dominating the plastic work of Jaume Plensa." (Lóránd Hegyi).
The whole space of the basement will be filled with an installation called "Glückauf?", the greeting of the German miners. "Glückauf?" (in this case with a question mark!) belongs to a group of works called "silent rain": Like silent rain, the words made of steel letters are falling from the ceiling to the floor. When people are walking throug the space, the steel curtains are producing a kind of sound.
One can read the text in vertical direction and see, that it quotes the complete text of the Universal Declararion of Human Rights as it has been concluded at the general meeting of the UN in the year 1947.
Beside his artistic engagement for theatre, opera and performance, as recently for the Salzburg Festival ("La Damnation de Faust"), the Ruhrtriennale ("Die Zauberflöte") and 2007 for the Opéra Garnier of Paris (Barbebleu by Bela Bartok and Journal d'un disparu by Leoš Janáèek), Plensa realised some spectacular public installations, as the Crown Fountain at the Millennium Park in Chicago (1999 – 2004).
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