Press : ARCHITEKTUR Made in Düsseldorf #4


Made in Düsseldorf #4: Frauke Dannert / Irmel Kamp / Isa Melsheimer / Arne Schmitt

February 11 to March 13, 2022

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Made in Düsseldorf #4: Frauke Dannert / Irmel Kamp / Isa Melsheimer / Arne Schmitt

February 11 to March 13, 2022

Made in Düsseldorf is an exhibition series by the NRW-Forum in cooperation with the Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf. It is dedicated to contemporary artists who are connected to Düsseldorf and the Rhineland through their studies, their place of residence or artistic interests. The fourth edition, titled ARCHITEKTUR, runs from February 11 to March 13, 2022 and takes up architectural-theoretical questions from four artistic standpoints: Frauke Dannert, Irmel Kamp, Isa Melsheimer and Arne Schmitt examine how history is written into architecture, and what influences it has on the people who live in and with it.

Between utopian architectural designs and the reality of post-war modernism: four artists explore the theory and history of architecture in terms of content, technology and concept.

Aachener photographer Irmel Kamp (b. 1938 in Düsseldorf) systematically photographed zinc-clad building facades in eastern Belgium between 1978 and 1981. These zinc sheet facades, of which only a few exist today, were sourced from the nearby zinc mine in La Calamine, Kelmis and give the slightly hilly landscape of the "Butterland" (Butterländchens) a special aesthetic character. No two facades are alike, and the immediate surroundings are always included, which offers the viewer details about the landscape, the inhabitants, and their ways of life.

While Irmel Kamp captures the buildings as a whole in order to document and archive architecture, Arne Schmitt (b. 1984 in Mayen) opts to isolate specific details in order to negotiate political and social issues in the abstract, as well as the psychological dimensions revealed by public to certain architectures. In the 9-piece series Kunst nach 45 (Art after ’45, 2011) the artist deals with the correlation between public city planning, architecture, and the art of post-war period in Germany.

Frauke Dannert (b. 1979 in Herdeck) is interested in the details of unpopular architecture. She removes photography from its context in order to create fully new forms. She collages illustrations from print media or her own architectural photography, including the spurned architecture of Brutalism, duplicates them, cuts up the printouts and reassembles them into new images, sounding out the potential of traditional forms of architecture.

Isa Melsheimer (b. 1968 in Neuss) makes new objects out of glass fragments, through which she thematises utopias and the formal vocabulary of modern architecture. In her work Zwischengebirge (Intermountain Range, 2009–2010), she inserts broken fragments of glass into alpine formations, which also serves as a nod to the Gläserne Kette, a collective of architects and artists. In her work she asks, among other things, which longings, aesthetic preferences and ideologies are manifest in our buildings.

About the support of the Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf

Since 2017, Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf has supported the NRW-Forum as its institutional partner. Promoting art and supporting cultural institutions in Düsseldorf are important aspects of the Stadparkasse’s community engagement. Every year, the exhibition series realised within the framework of the institutional partnership presents a selection of new acquisitions from the Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf’s Collection at the Kunstpalast and NRW-Forum. "We are pleased to make part of the collection accessible to the public through this collaboration and to support the Kunstpalast in expanding its photography collection with new acquisitions, especially photographic works," says Karin-Brigitte Göbel, Chairwoman of Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf’s board.

In the 1970s, then chairman Fritz Kulins established the Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf’s art collection. The collection had a particular focus on works by Düsseldorf artists, students of the art academy and important representatives of the Düsseldorf art scene. In 2008, the Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf Collection at the Kunstpalast was created in cooperation with the Kunstpalast, which collects works by artists who have a connection to Düsseldorf and the Rhineland through residence, study, personal or professional connections.

The exhibition is curated by Katharina Wettwer, curator of the Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf Foundation for Art and Culture ( +49 (0) 211 – 878 1395).

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