Miroslaw Balka / Roni Horn – Gespräche über persönliche Themen

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The German title for the show is a hard translator’s game. The idea is that of a “dialogue between privately situated  topics“. This  evokes  the  themes  of  identity and  of memory which both artists have consistently investigated in giving birth each to a hard-hitting, essential body of work, able, at once, to generate intense and penetrating poetry. Roni Horn will present two sculptures: the first one is titled Black Asphere and it is typical of her post-minimalist production. The second one, Double Moebius is titled after the namesake geometrical strip having one face only but appearing as possessing two. The optical illusion that originates gives this sculpture an impression of intimacy yet of eternity. There will be also several photographic sets taken from the artist’s series Untitled (Weather) that show a character’s facial expressions varying according to climatic conditions.
Miroslaw Balka will show two new sculptures that are cast out authentic wuthering drama that characterizes his research. 2x(250x200x100cm) references the Nazi past as it appears in the picture of Irma Grese, sharply and frontally outlined against what one may interpret as history itself. There will be also works by Balka that function as mementos for people’s inner phobias and obsessions as, for instance, 50x50x91. In accordance, the series of lithographs  titled A Crossroads  in A. shows landscapes  of the Auschwitz concentration  camp modified by the artist – a glacially intense work that well suits the photographic shots of people and landscapes by Roni Horn.
November 28 – February 2, 2013
Galleria Raffaella Cortese  – Via  a. stradella 7, Milan

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