NO PLACE LIKE HOME_ONE SQUARE METRE / KOMMUNALE GALERIE BERLIN
ONE SQUARE METRE
Photography meets Urban Art
04.09, – 11.10.2015
KOMMUNALE GALERIE BERLIN
MICHAEL HUGHES, KLEBEBEBANDE BERLIN, JOACHIM SEINFELD, SLINKACHU, BOXI
The exhibition “ONE SQUARE METRE – Photography meets Urban Art” puts a design icon of everyday culture in the centre which once came as a present of the Allied British Forces to Berlin: the red telephone box. With this district-wide exhibition the Kommunale Galerie Berlin remembers the presence of the Allied British Forces and commemorates the end of World War II 70 years ago.
The red telephone box, in it’s home country a design icon as well as a beloved popular symbol today is an epitome of “Britishness”. It was created by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott as the result of a design competition awarded by The Royal Fine Art Commission, the Royal Institute of British Architects and the British Postmaster General. Three out of formerly five original red British telephone boxes still exist on their original locations in Berlin (Fehrbelliner Platz, Mathilde-Jakob-Platz, Greenwichpromenade). They are the initial point of the artistic concept. ONE SQUARE METRE is symbolic for the groundfloor of a red british telephone box that will be converted into an exhibition venue in public space. Urban interventions replace the telephone boxes at their former locations (Rathaus Tempelhof, Rathaus Spandau).
In the telephone boxes renown German and British artists will show current positions of art from photography through painting up to urban art. For the exhibition the telephone boxes will be converted into “art satellites”, all connected to a “base station”: the Kommunale Galerie Berlin. There selected works of the five participating artists can be seen in an exceptional showcase.
The connecting element between the works of all participating artists is that they have objects or situations of everyday life as a content or formative basis and express this in different artistic approaches. With this exhibition project artists from the UK and Germany can enter into an artistic dialogue. The works of the artists involved should reflect the perceptions on the everyday life from a contemporary and historical perspective and give the possibility to the viewer to explore the icons of the British and German everyday culture.
Boxi, Michael Hughes, Klebebande Berlin, Joachim Seinfeld, Slinkachu
Artistic direction: Nicole Woischwill
Project Coordinator: Christine Kisorsy