"BIG ORCHESTRA" 19 June to 8 September 2019 at the Schirn


Sound is an essen­tial part of contem­po­rary art. Yet musical instru­ments, which are simul­ta­ne­ously sculp­tures, repre­sent a recent devel­op­ment in contem­po­rary art that is still rela­tively unknown. The Schirn Kunsthalle Frank­furt is presenting the inter­na­tional group exhi­bi­tion “Big Orchestra” with artworks that also perform as musical instru­ments.

Carsten Nicolai, bausatz noto ∞ (color version), 1998/2015 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin, Photo: Julija Stankeviciene

The playing of these sculp­tural instru­ments is the focus of the exhi­bi­tion, a concept that is itself in a state of flux. For the dura­tion of the show, the Schirn will become a tempo­rary concert hall in which the works are acti­vated and visi­tors can expe­ri­ence their sound live. Mobile display archi­tec­ture will create space for work­shops in which the sound of the instru­ments is explored by musi­cians in changing ensem­bles and subse­quently presented in concerts. The artists will demon­strate their own works in perfor­mances.

With works by Doug Aitken, Nevin Aladağ, Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Carlos Amorales, Tarek Atoui, Cevdet Erek, Guillermo Galindo, Hans van Kool­wijk, Constantin Luser, Chris­tian Marclay, Caro­line Mesquita, Rie Naka­jima, Carsten Nicolai, Pedro Reyes, Naama Tsabar and David Zink Yi.

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