Artists: BLESS, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Manuel Raeder
Exhibition title: Costumes & Wishes for the 21st Century
Curated by: Nina Pohl
Venue: Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany
Date: October 31, 2016 – January 22, 2017
Photography: Andrea Rossett, all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin
Note: Exhibition floor plan can be found here
Schinkel Pavillon is pleased to announce Costumes & Wishes for the 21st century, a collaboration between Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, BLESS and Manuel Raeder. The exhibition is part of the series Porzellan und Vulkan, which is focused on collaborative practice and questions concerning traditional concepts of authorship, artistic subjectivity and the division of labour.
“Clothes evolve from being canvases for moods, attitudes and psychological moments similar to rooms, spaces and dioramas; they turn into apparitions as characters become costumes. By twisted extension, this logic is taken to a new conclusion: clothes appear as costumes, narratives and fictions which mirror a fragmented and multiple inner self.”
(Tristan Bera in Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: 1887–2058, Prestel Verlag, 2016.)
Has in recent years staged a series of ‘apparitions’. The artist has appeared at designated times and places dressed up and made up to look like various characters, some fictional, some historical. The exhibition at Schinkel Pavillon features a series of costumes, from DGF’s M.2062 and QM.15, staged by Manuel Raeder so as to perpetuate the spirit of apparitions and transformations. Parallel to Costumes & Wishes for the 21st Century, DGF will also have an exhibition, QM.15, at Esther Schipper in Berlin (4 November–17 December 2016).
Wearable fragments of a silhouette, designed by BLESS, inspired by the costumes worn by DGF in her apparitions. Provided for visitors in the ‘wardrobe’ in Schinkel Klause , to be self-experienced in the central ‘dressing room’. The Wearaways are acquirable on request.
Based in Berlin and Paris. During the exhibition, BLESS Home Berlin at Oderbergerstraße 60 will be open Wednesday–Friday from 4–8pm, Saturdays from 11am–6pm, and always by appointment.
Designed by Manuel Raeder, conceived with DGF. Including a carpet in sections like the ‘cake table’ in the ‘wardrobe’ downstairs. There are also chairs, which visitors can sit on and which support the body in different ways. Some are blue, and some are black. Some have been affixed with casts of arms and legs.
Runs an interdisciplinary design studio in Berlin, Studio Manuel Raeder, and the publishing house BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE.
Is located about 300 meters from Staatsoper Unter den Linden.
From 3–6pm on 30 October, 6 November, 13 November, and 20 November at Schinkel Pavillon. In addition to trying on wearaways, visitors can have their hair styled by Hiro and makeup done by uslu airlines to transform into the character––from DGF’s apparitions––of their choice.