Select works from the HGN Collection, complemented by representative loans from young artists, entered into an exciting dialogue questioning the way we experience light and darkness. Sculptures, installations, as well as films, photographs, music, and performances offered a variety of answers, some sensuous, some associative or poetic, inviting visitors to witness a journey through the night from dusk to dawn and to stroll through countless shades between darkness and light.
Internationally recognized artists and promising young newcomers alike highlighted this central aspect of human life. The works shown cover a time span from the 1920s to the present day. Yayoi Kusama’s light installation “Infinity mirrored Room — The Souls of Millions of Light Years away” from 2013 quickly became the visitors’ favorite exhibit.
Curator Catherine Nichols has gained public recognition for her exhibitions at the Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, Dresden Hygiene-Museum, and the national special exhibition “Luther! 95 people — 95 treasures” celebrating the Luther anniversary year 2017 at the Wittenberg Museum Augusteum.
The Making of
Two months prior to the exhibition’s opening, the Kunsthalle became a building site. In September, Luis Terán and his construction team flew in from Buenos Aires and used the following two weeks to set up his “Giro Triangular” in a factory hall at Westerode. Once the Duderstadt team had implemented the highly ambitious scheme designed to present Yayoi Kusama’s work, the artist’s project supervisor arrived from New York to oversee the Kunsthalle’s construction team installing Kusama’s work. The last two weeks before the opening saw seven artists setting up their installations, continually supported by the museum’s staff. Time and again, the Ottobock trade fair construction team was called in at short notice to assist the ongoing works.