Thinking in Dark Times

Die Aktivitäten des Neuen Berliner Kunstvereins im urbanen Raum werden ab September 2021 durch das neue Format „n.b.k. Billboard“ erweitert. An der Straßenkreuzung Friedrichstraße / Torstraße, nur zwei Gehminuten vom n.b.k. entfernt, befindet sich der Standort der großen Präsentationsfläche – eingebettet in ein zentrales, spannungsvolles und hochfrequentiertes urbanes Umfeld.

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Rosemarie Trockel, Thinking in Dark Times

The work is titled ‘Thinking in Dark Times’ and depicts a standard, white, almost industrial window surrounded by and offering a view of a pitch black background. When considered in isolation, the piece feels sinister and cold, the sterile window showing the viewer only darkness. However, when presented amid the urban surroundings of Mitte, it appears less like an omen and more like a chameleon, gently weaving its way into the architecture and nooks of the city. A presentation like this, intended to be viewed outside, feels like a nod to the (dark) times we’ve been through over the past 18 months. It serves as a reminder that art can be found and celebrated anywhere, even when its institutional frameworks are closed and our lives on lockdown.
(Gallery Weekend Walkabout)

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