in context of room, building and city

>Board, 2017

Intervention and exhibition; Double garage and water-castle, exhibition: 30.9. until 19.11.2017, a cooperation of Kunstverein Bochum e.V. & Adhoc-Raum, curators: Christian Gode, Max Rentrop; introduction by Heinz Werner Lawo; Productionvideo; with generous support of Erich Kindermann and members of the Ship Model Club Bochum 1985 e.V.; Fotos Christian Gode

Fritz Balthaus: Board, 2017



While the Kunstverein Bochum has for decades its exhibition space in the historic ambience of the baroque house Kemnade in the south of Bochum on the Ruhr, the adhoc-space has been established for some years as a white cube in a double garage on the outskirts of the Bochum city center. Fritz Balthaus combines both art spaces with one work.


In his works, Fritz Balthaus frequently refers to situations that have been found. With his interventions, he intervenes in an ironic way into existing structures of the art and exhibition field. Thus, in his work in Bochum, for which he had a board removed from the wooden garage door from the adhoc-space. This board was provided by the Ship Model Club Bochum with the necessary ship-technology and made it mobile. At the opening of the exhibition the board crossed the moat and was then placed on a base in the exhibition room of the baroque castle. It is to be seen there until the end of the exhibition. For just as long, a gap in the board of the adhoc room is left, through which the neon-lit empty white cube can be seen, and throughs its 24 hours of light to the outside. After the exhibition, the board is dismantled and reused in the garage door. The board and its temporary forms are swallowed up again by the functional context and remain only in memories, photos and videos taken.



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