William Kentridge’s "Black Box" Back in Berlin
Deutsche Bank Loan in the Exhibition "Art and Press"
||Mozart’s Magic Flute a rhinoceros hunt, the German genocide on the Herero tribe in Namibia—in his Black Box/Chambre Noire, William Kentridge created a world theater en miniature that recalls repressed history. Black Box encompasses animated films, plastic objects, drawings, and photographs from the Namibian National Archive. The stage sets in the mechanical theater are accentuated by newspaper headlines— references to the ongoing relevance of historical events. The South African’s multimedia installation was made as a commissioned work for the Deutsche Guggenheim, where it was first shown in 2005.
Now, Kentridge’s poetic, political work has returned to Berlin and will be presented in the exhibition Art and Press in Martin-Gropius-Bau, on loan from the Deutsche Bank Collection. On view are works of over 50 contemporary international artists that investigate the medium of drawing. Many of the participants are also represented in the Deutsche Bank Collection, for instance John Baldessari, Joseph Beuys, Angus Fairhurst, Douglas Gordon, Barbara Kruger, Gerhard Richter, and Nedko Solakov.
Art and Press is about themes like truth and reality in the media, enlightenment, censorship, and manipulation. Many artists made new works especially for the exhibition or selected existing works from their oeuvre. Thus, Anselm Kiefer installed a room-sized work in Martin-Gropius-Bau’s central atrium, while Ai Weiwei created an installation of steel using material from a school building that was destroyed in the earthquake, burying 1,000 school children. The steel serves as proof of an event the Chinese media were prohibited from reporting on. Following its premiere in Berlin, "Art and Press" will be shown at the ZKM in Karlsruhe.
Art and Press
Contemporary Art Reflections on the Medium of Paper
March 23 – June 24, 2012
9/15/2012 – 2/10/2013
ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe