DANIEL ARSHAM - UNEARTHED

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.

DANIEL ARSHAM - Sea Cave of Pericles, 2021
DANIEL ARSHAM - Sea Cave of Pericles, 2021
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DANIEL ARSHAM - Grotto of Laocoön, 2021
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DANIEL ARSHAM - Cave with Crouching Venus, 2021
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DANIEL ARSHAM - Rose Quartz Eroded Guiliano di Medici, 2021
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DANIEL ARSHAM - Grey Selenite Eroded Faune, 2021
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DANIEL ARSHAM - Blue Calcite Erdoed Venus Callipyge, 2021
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DANIEL ARSHAM - Ash and Pyrite Eroded Bust of the Nymphe of Salmacis, 2021
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DANIEL ARSHAM - Quartz Eroded Head of a Greek Girl, 2021
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DANIEL ARSHAM - Rose Quartz Eroded Ariane and Dionysos, 2021
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DANIEL ARSHAM - Blue Calcite Eroded Antinous as Dionysos, 2021
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DANIEL ARSHAM - Quartz Eroded Head of Dionysos, 2021
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DANIEL ARSHAM - Amethyst Eroded Bust of Flora, 2021
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DANIEL ARSHAM - Blue Calcite Eroded Head of Ares with Helmet, 2021
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DANIEL ARSHAM - Ash and Pyrite Eroded Bust of Augustus Cesar, 2021
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DANIEL ARSHAM - Grey Selenite Eroded Bust of Apollo, 2021
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DANIEL ARSHAM - Amethyst Eroded Diana of Gabines, 2020
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DANIEL ARSHAM - Rose Quartz Eroded Bust of Antinous, 2021
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DANIEL ARSHAM - Amethyst Eroded Bust of Venus of the Capitol, 2021
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DANIEL ARSHAM - Ash and Pyrite Eroded Crouching Aphrodite, 2021
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DANIEL ARSHAM - Blue Calcite Eroded Medusa Rondanini, 2021
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