„All I was thinking about was connecting people’s feeling with yarn,“ writes Chiharu Shiota. The artist creates large room-filling installations out of webs of wool thread, investing them with the memories of unknown people.
Tomás Saraceno’s work is driven by a close engagement with biological and physical research, which provides the basis for his utopian architectural projects. A major theme in these works is the study of spider webs.
Janet Cardiff / George Bures Miller
An old wooden door opens onto a kind of study. Disarranged, it is filled with books containing scientific diagrams, essays on paranormal phenomena, and handwritten scribbling. The scene is illuminated by weak light from electric bulbs.
Memory, forgetting, and death are central themes for Christian Boltanski. He seeks to erect a memorial to the anonymous dead, to those who have vanished. To this end, he exploits the form of the archive – the place where history is transmitted.
Since the 1970s, Franz West has been developing objects that straddle the border between artworks and articles for everyday use. His prosthetic-like plaster sculptures and his furniture for sitting and reclining act as instruments for a physical and psychological experience. They are generally meant for visitors to use – to experience their own bodies in relation to these objects. His sculptures reflect his focus on psychoanalysis. The work Devianz (›deviance‹) evokes associations with the famous couch as a site of treatment, and in 1996 he described his artworks Paßstücke as »representations of neuroses«. West dismantles art from its pedestal, inviting visitors to let go of their distance, to become active and thus part of the artwork.