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EDITION OF THE WEEK!
With the edition Ohne Titel [Untitled], 1993, Gerwald Rockenschaub made reference to his installation in the show Backstage, initiated by Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen on the occasion of the reopening of the Kunstverein in the spaces at Klosterwall in 1993. The situation of contemporary art, the role of the artist and of art mediation were assessed and put up for debate in this exhibition. But it was also about becoming familiar with the new spaces. Rockenschaub built an element of steps in the exhibition space allowing the visitors to look at the four towers ofthe City-Hof outside. Steps led up between the wall and the window façade, which is normally too high, enabling one to take in the context of the Kunstverein. It consists of the main access road to Hamburg and the historically significant structure of the City-Hof, built by Rudolf Klophaus in 1958, one of the few examples of international postwar modernism in Hamburg. In this project, Gerwald Rockenschaub dealt with the spatial and institutional situation which the viewers were to experience by means of a shift. The edition itself, with its penetrating grid structures, metaphorically refers to the social principles that structure all forms of community.
Due to the idemolition of the City-Hof, the historical edition has again become relevant to the present, gaining an addition force of expression alongside its existing inherent intention. 👉 Color photograph, 40 x 50 cm, unframed
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