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February 19, 2007

Monika Sosnowska



Monika Sosnowska's Loop :: February 16 – May 6, 2007; Tu – Su 10am – 5pm; Th 10am – 8.00pm :: Opening, February 15, 2007, 6.00pm :: Curator: Adam Budak :: Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Städtle 32, FL-9490 Vaduz :: Tel: + 423 235 03 00 :: mail[at]kunstmuseum.li

The Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in Vaduz is pleased to announce the opening of a first large-scale museum exhibition of Monika Sosnowska, entitled “Loop”. In her installations that echo the formal language of constructivist avant-garde, minimal and conceptual tendencies of the 60s and the 70s as well as a heritage of modernist architecture, Monika Sosnowska constructs a physical and conceptual labyrinth, a post-narrative, inner world of spatiality, staged in a sequence of interventions that emphasize space’s virtualities and potentials. Here, in this complex and powerful investigation of a spatial perception, a particular surgery is being applied to a body of space and its cultural articulation, architecture.

The space and its parameters: size, dimensions, scale, plans, topology are being altered, shifted and possibly confused and manipulated in order to generate a very unique, unusual experience of spatial habitat and to sharpen our perception of it, outside of a common reality and its habits. With her intimate geometry, Sosnowska experiments with our senses and emotions, making us aware of psychosomatic, hidden qualities of s pace which in her highly performative installations are personified and animated. Between Kafkaesque oppression and a desire to liberate space, there is a sublime and uncanny spatial environment, rendered – sometimes very playfully - on the edge of dream-like imagery and an everyday familiar experience.

Sosnowska’s monumental architectural intervention, Loop, developed especially for the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in a collaboration with one of the architects of the museum building, Christian Kerez - as a flexible but controlled space with its deconstructive drive and the rare processings of memory - is an attempt to confront modernist universalised patterns and to escape dimensions in a radical act of constructing a subjective space, a sensual, partly oneiric, mental shell of contemplation and desire. Welcome to a seance of a phenomenological spatio-therapy.

Monika Sosnowska was born in 1972 in Ryki, Poland. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, and currently she lives and works in Warsaw. Her recent exhibitions include shows at MoMA, New York, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Freud Museum Vienna, Serpentine Gallery London, De Appel in Amsterdam. Sosnowska participated in Manifesta 4 (Frankfurt), 8th Istanbul Biennale, Venice Biennale 2003. Monika Sosnowska will represent Poland at the forthcoming Biennale in Venice.

The catalogue, published on the occasion of the exhibition, contains text contributions by Will Bradley, Christian Kerez, Friedemann Malsch, Anthony Vidler, Jan Verwoert and Adam Budak as well as a rich visual material, including installation shots from the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein exhibition.

Monika Sosnowska’s “Loop” is accompanied by the programme of the following events:

Thursday, March 8, 2007, 6.00pm
“About Monika Sosnowska’s Loop”
Christian Kerez, architect, professor of architecture, ETH Zürich

Thursday, March 15, 2007, 6.00pm
“Experiencing Architectural Spaces”
Konrad Wiesendanger, architect, Luzern

Thursday, March 22, 2007, 6.00pm
“Last Year in Marienbad”, 1961, dir. Alain Resnais

Thursday, March 29, 2007, 6.00pm
“Spaces, Cinema, Feelings. About the Work of Monika Sosnowska”
Jan Verwoert, art critic and writer

Thursday, April 26, 2007, 6.00pm
Monika Sosnowska in conversation with Adam Budak, exhibition curator

Posted by jo at February 19, 2007 01:06 PM