DANIEL ARSHAM UNEARTHED 09 SEPTEMBER - 24 OCTOBER 2021 ST. AGNES | NAVE
With UNEARTHED, the KÖNIG GALERIE presents Daniel Arsham's first solo exhibition in Berlin. On display are three monumental paintings and a series of sculptures that give the impression that antiquity has been excavated in the future.
Arsham transforms the nave of the former brutalist Church of St. Agnes into a hall of antiquities in front of rocky grotto worlds. The paintings show monumental
sculptures that grow upwards in light-flooded caves. The busts are lined up on pedestals, as if the first collection of antiquities had just been opened to the public. As in the past, reproductions were used to build up such a collection.
Daniel Arsham made the selection, he made the reproductions, which are actually reinterpretations made from volcanic ash and quartz crystals, among other things. Apollo, Venus, Caesar. Broken, dilapidated, eroded. Statues and statuettes. Busts and full body figures. At the center of the exhibition is the WINGED VICTORY, the winged Nike, a reference to the famous goddess of victory from the Louvre, whose original cast served as a direct model. It is the largest sculpture of its kind that the New York artist has made to date.
He, otherwise known for turning iconic objects and figures of the media age like Blackberries and Pokémon into future relics of fictional archaeology, actually goes
back thousands of years in history. The sculptures are known from antiquity. The allegory of the cave is familiar from philosophy. And yet nothing is as you know it.
Instead of the shackled people, the ancient artefacts stand in the cave as if they were waiting to be discovered. The light is behind or above them and shines down on them, blinds and illuminates them. The people, tiny, stand before them like shadowy beings. They are the modern explorers who hope for archaic knowledge from the monumental sculptures. Arsham’s antiquity promises knowledge of the future in the present.
New York based artist Daniel Arsham straddles the line between art, architecture and performance. Raised in Miami, Arsham attended the Cooper Union in New York City where he received the Gelman Trust Fellowship Award in 2003. Architecture is a prevalent subject throughout his work; environments with eroded walls and stairs going nowhere, landscapes where nature overrides structures, and a general sense of playfulness within existing architecture.
Arsham’s work has been shown at PS1 in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, The Athens Bienniale in Athens, Greece, The New Museum In New
York, Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, California and Carré d’Art de Nîmes, France among others. A first monograph of Arsham’s work was published by the
French Centre National des arts plastiques.
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