An amazing show is taking place at Berlin’s me Collectors Room. The exhibition is a product of collaboration between me Collectors Room Berlin / Olbricht Foundation with the London Metropolitan University and the Whitechapel Gallery as part of the Master’s degree in Curating the Contemporary. The Olbricht Foundation has invited young curators to develop their own ideas and perspectives on the Olbricht Collection and to curate a show for me Collectors Room Berlin as part of their final-degree module. This is the fourth time the Foundation is being organizing this kind of art event (inviting young curators). The exhibition was opened on September 16, 2015, on the occasion of Berlin Art Week.
As we already mentioned, this is the fourth time that the Olbricht Foundation has invited young curators to develop their own ideas and perspectives on the Olbricht Collection and to curate a show for me Collectors Room Berlin as part of their final-degree module. Previous exhibitions in the series have probed the uncanny, the act of play, and the individual as a cabinet of curiosities. In the latest instalment of the collaboration, the student team - Amy E. Brown, Alejandro Alonso Diaz, and Rosie Snaith – have chosen the theme of metafiction. Metafiction is originally a literary device, a story about the writing of a story that makes its readers a simultaneous part of the story as it unfolds. In an exhibition context, metafiction purposefully encourages the viewer to form their own conclusions and connections, reacting to their environment and the artworks surrounding them. For the three young curators metafiction is a strategy to approach the objects in the Olbricht Collection, as a fine line between reality and fiction, and to reveal the way they incarnate stories within stories.
The Falling Fictions exhibition is “shaped” from a commissioned text by artist and writer Francesco Pedraglio. In his story an object begins to fall. As it falls, it falls through thirteen Heavens and nine Underworlds before coming to rest, finally, on Earth. Throughout the process of falling, and in each layer, the object changes form, shifting to become something else, both physically and conceptually, gathering new meaning. Told in three voices - The Voice of the Room, the Chorus and The Voice of the Night – the tale gradually picks up pace, reaching a crescendo akin to the collision an object might make on the floor of the exhibition room, where it lands fully-formed. The featured artists are: Doug Aitken, Joseph Beuys, KP Brehmer, Bazon Brock, Al Chang, Hansjoachim Dietrich, Marcel Dzama, Slawomir Elsner, Claire Fontaine, Imi Giese, KH Hödicke, John Isaacs, Ragnar Kjartansson, André Kertész, Imi Knoebel, Bernd Lohaus, Konrad Lueg, David Ostrowski, Blinky Palermo, Francesco Pedraglio, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Diter Rot, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Gerhard Rühm, Jean-Paul Sartre, Tomas Schmit, Gavin Turk, Wolf Vostell, Lawrence Weiner, Stefan Wewerka, Lambert Maria Wintersberger, WOLS and objects from the Wunderkammer.
Coinciding with the show, an accompanying publication has been published, containing 80 pages, 37 illustrations, text (in German and English) by Amy E. Brown Falling through the Olbricht Collection, Alejandro Alonso Díaz A Constellation of Enigmas, Rosie Snaith A Dialogie, A Monologue, A Metafiction and an interview with Francesco Pedraglio. The publication can be bought for €12,50. Also, don’t forget that parallel to this exhibition, the big exhibition halls of the me Collectors Room are hosting Cindy Sherman – Works from the Olbricht Collection show. Falling Fictions exhibition was opened on September 16, and will be on view until November 15, 2015, at me Collectors Room in Berlin.
Falling Fictions - Installation view, detail © me Collectors Room Berlin; Photo Bernd Borchardt
Falling Fictions - Installation view, detail © me Collectors Room Berlin; Photo Bernd-Borchardt
All Images courtesy of me Collectors Room Berlin.