SPRÜTH MAGERS – Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Reinhard Mucha, Andrea Robbins & Max Becher beim Gallery Weekend

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Since its inception in 1983 Sprüth Magers has expanded from its roots in Cologne (Germany) to become an international gallery dedicated to exhibiting the very best in groundbreaking modern and contemporary art. With galleries located in Berlin Mitte, London’s Mayfair and the Miracle Mile in Los Angeles – as well as an office in Cologne and an outpost in Hong Kong – Sprüth Magers retains close ties with the studios and communities of the German and American artists who form the core of its roster.

Peter Fischli & David Weiss

The centerpiece of the exhibition is Haus, a work that Peter Fischli and David Weiss first developed for Skulptur Projekte Münster in 1987 and subsequently showed in exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum, New York and Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2016). It has also been permanently installed on a traffic island in Zurich (2018). Its generic character is largely defined by the formal qualities of late modernist architecture and the resulting aura of the everyday. The building represents the last moment of modernism, when utopian-positivistic ideas drifted into the pragmatic, ultimately leaving the commonplace behind. This strangely melancholic moment is compressed into a 1:5-scale office complex that is both too large for a model and too small for a building. The exhibition shows the architecture-related reference system in the form of sculpture, archival material and photographic works, along with the recently-produced artist’s book on Haus.

Reinhard Mucha

Reinhard Mucha repeatedly subjects his works to critical revision, transformation and expansion. In the course of restaging an installation from exhibition to exhibition, a gradual accumulation of space and time occurs. After his solo shows Frankfurter BlockArbeiten am Hohlkasten 1981-2014 in Berlin in 2014 and his current show Full Take in London, Sprüth Magers is pleased to show Mucha’s third exhibiton with the gallery in which the sculptural space installation Auto Reverse II / Edition 1991 – >>Kreuzstück<<, [2009] 2009 / 2004 will be presented amongst other works.

Andrea Robbins and Max Becher

Artist statement Andrea Robbins and Max Becher – The primary focus of our work is, what we call, the transportation of place — situations in which one limited or isolated place strongly resembles another distant one. Everywhere, not only in the new world, such situations are accumulating and accepted as genuine locales. Traditional notions of place, in which culture and geographic location neatly coincide, are being challenged by legacies of slavery, colonialism, holocaust, immigration, tourism, and mass-communication. Whether the subject is Germany in Africa, Germans dressing as Native Americans, American towns dressed as Germany, New York in Las Vegas, New York in Cuba, or Cuba in exile, our interest tends to be a place out of place with its various causes and consequences.

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