Based on three spatial designs created in Dresden in 1925/26, the Dresden State Art Collections will examine contemporary room and exhibition concepts, and develop perspectives for their practical application in the museum environment today. In a working and research process without any fixed expectations, participants will develop model projects based on their ideas for future presentations of the museum’s collections and architectural solutions for the Dresden Albertinum. The term “demonstration space”, coined by El Lissitzky, will serve as the historical reference point, especially with regard to the communicative tasks of today’s exhibition displays.
The Austrian artist Heimo Zobernig is an active participant in this field at the international level. His subtle and subversive spatial interventions and exhibition displays are venues of social exchange. He reflects on spatial experience and current patterns of perception, also with respect to the room concepts of the Bauhaus.
Zobernig’s interventions at the Albertinum in Dresden are based on the following historical references: 1. Piet Mondrian’s design of a salon from 1925 for the Dresden art collector Ida Bienert, 2. Lissitzky’s “demonstration space” for abstract art at the International Art Exhibition in Dresden from 1926, and 3. the wall decoration by Bauhaus master designer Hinnerk Scheper, which he produced for the Dresden gallery “Neue Kunst Fides” in 1926. According to Lissitzky, these innovative spatial designs aimed to animate the visitors by means of movement and change of perspective. In this project, they now have the potential to inspire new approaches to present-day design and spatial concepts.
In preparation of both the analogue and digital reconstruction, the artists will critically examine and discuss aspects of reconstruction practices in order to develop up-to-date technical solutions and concrete forms of presentation.
The project also features an accompanying colloquium, a workshop and public discussions, which – like Zobernig’s interventions – will serve to propagate new impulses beyond Dresden. International artists will supplement the project with their own discussion forum, as well as provide additional artistic works for display and presentation.
Artistic director: Birgit Dalbajewa
Artists: Florian Auer, Nairy Baghramian, Céline Condorelli (GB), James Langdon, Rita McBride, Amalia Pica, Gavin Wade, Heimo Zobernig (AT) and others