Neuer Berliner Kunstverein presents Arno Brandlhuber. Archipel

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein presents Arno Brandlhuber. Archipel, an exhibition on view 8 September–4 November 2012.

Arno Brandlhuber, exhibition view Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, 2012.
Photo: n.b.k./Jens Ziehe

The exhibition Archipel (Archipelago) is the first solo show of Berlin architect Arno Brandlhuber (born in 1964) at an art institution. Brandlhuber participated in the Venice Architecture Biennale (2012, 2008, 2006, 2004), designed, with Thomas Demand, the German pavilion at the São Paulo Biennale (2004), and presented his designs all over the world; he has also received numerous German and international architecture awards. Brandlhuber has transformed the exhibition space at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein into an insular urban landscape made of concrete (with various additional substances) using elements from previous exhibitions: Karin Sander’s drillings (2011) serve as openings for the concrete pouring and Olafur Elliason’s Forever Lamp (2011) from the exhibition The Future Archive (2012) provides the lighting. The concrete in the exhibition space grows into an abstract urban landscape of Berlin consisting of several linked units that can be entered. The mirrored walls amplify the spatial effect of insularity. By reusing and re-inscribing extant elements, a collage of various time-space interventions is created according to the principle of architectural restructuring. In addition, the soundtrack of an advertisement from Philippe Starck’s architecture and design project Yoo Berlin can be heard. Neuer Berliner Kunstverein and Arno Brandlhuber began their collaboration in 2011: in an election campaign poster, RGB 165/96/36 CMYK 14/40/80/20 (2011), for the local Berlin elections, Brandlhuber demanded alternatives from policy makers to construction plans and the linked social order.

Curated by Marius Babias

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)
Chausseestraße 128 / 129, Berlin

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