Worldwide openings this week

1. Register in order to get a username and a password.
2. Log in with your username and password.
3. Create your announcement online.

07 Dec 2011

Fabian Marti and Bo Christian Larsson at Kunstverein Braunschweig

Fabian Marti, Untitled, 2011
Courtesy Galerie Peter Kilchmann © Fabian Marti


Kunstverein Braunschweig


Opening: December 2, 7 pm
Artist Talk Bo Christian Larsson:
December 15, 7 pm
Artist Talk Fabian Marti:
February 10, 6 pm / Closing Event: 7 pm
Opening hours: Tue - Sun 11 am - 5 pm, Thu 11 am - 8 pm

Nina Mende

Kunstverein Braunschweig
Lessingplatz 12
38100 Braunschweig

Share this announcement on:  |


Villa Salve Hospes
December 3, 2011 - February 12, 2012
OPENING: December 2, 7 pm

From December 3, 2011, to February 12, 2012, the Kunstverein Braunschweig is presenting the Swiss artist Fabian Marti (*1979 in Fribourg, lives in Zurich) in his first institutional solo exhibition in Germany. Besides sculptures and a work on film, Marti is exhibiting photograms, never before seen in public, in a completely new form: like layers of sediment, one exhibition lies over the other—one visual level is introduced directly onto the wall, overlaid with a second. In doing so, Marti takes up a core theme of his art: 'Time. And the possibility of a mental journey through time,' as he describes it.

What is central in this respect is the notion that collective historico-cultural knowledge has been inscribed into modern human beings and can be retrieved under certain conditions. Thus, Marti's mysterious imagery avails itself of the avant-garde aesthetic of the 1920s as well as ethnographic, religious, or archaic symbols, such as skulls, masks, rock formations, crossed blades, temple ruins, and spiritual dances. His works also incorporate found image material from magazines of the 1950s and 1960s or from pulp science-fiction books from the 1970s. Yet Marti reverses the meaning of familiar symbols, icons, and subjects by subjectively and spontaneously altering them: photos are mirrored and double-exposed, negatives gashed with a blade and subjected to light, magazine covers are overpainted, pasted up, and then subsequently scanned. In contrast to photography, scanning leaves the physical traces of dust and scratches on the material, causing the images to develop a new haptic, even mystical presence.

What fascinates Fabian Marti about this approach is above all the incipient loss of control and acumen. Marti presented The Summit of It in the Arsenale at this year's Biennale in Venice. An enormous wooden construction served as a display for ceramics (Philosophers and Shrinks, 2011) and at the same time as an accessible projection space for the film Sun, Oh! (2011). The film was produced during a boat tour in India during which Marti uses his iPhone to attempt to capture the rays of sun being refracted by the passing palm trees. The beatnik artist Brion Gysin experienced something similar in the late 1950s during a bus ride through southern France, which gave rise to his invention of the dreamachine, a rotating cylinder with slits cut in the sides and inside of which there is a light source. The rapid rotation speed produces a psychoactive stroboscopic effect. Fabian Marti is showing another form of the dream machine at the Kunstverein Braunschweig: the sculpture Time for the monkey to move into hyperspace (2011), which the artist has already used for performances, comes across as a futuristic time machine. A flickering LED light has been set into the lid at eye height and is meant to cause the viewer, who is enveloped by the machine, to enter a trance-like state.

Fabian Marti's work has been recognized internationally for some years now due to his participation in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Swiss Institute in New York (2006), the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris (2008), or at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt am Main (2011). This year he participated in the Biennale in Venice (Arsenale), curated by Bice Curger. An extensive bilingual (German/English) catalogue will be published in February 2012 in cooperation with the Kunstmuseum Winterthur.


December 3, 2011 – February 12, 2012
OPENING: Friday, December 2, 7 pm

From December 3, 2011, to February 12, 2012, the Kunstverein Braunschweig is presenting new installative works by the Swedish artist Bo Christian Larsson (*1976 in Kristinehamm, lives in Berlin) in the Remise. Larsson's spatial installations mostly originate from a kind of performative act or are implementations in space of his drawings. The combination of a whole variety of different materials and objects, such as animal skins, wax, wood, sugar, soil, crosses, tools, and weapons, give rise to a mysterious, threatening landscape that can be immediately and physically experienced by the viewer.

December 3, 2011 – February 12, 2012

With works of Rosa Barba, Nina Canell, Marcel Dzama, Marcel van Eeden, Judith Hopf, Bo Christian Larsson, Fabian Marti, Peter Piller, Ariel Schlesinger and others.

Jahresgaben Shop >>