Gartenschau | KÖNIG GALERIE | GARDEN | 28.4.2017–30.9.2018
with Monica Bonvicini, Jose Dávila, Elmgreen & Dragset, Jeppe Hein, Camille Henrot, Alicja Kwade, Michael Sailstorfer, Stefan Strumbel, Tatiana Trouvé, Erwin Wurm
KÖNIG GALERIE is pleased to present the ongoing group exhibition Gartenschau at its former church garden.
Visible from afar, the steeple of the Church of St. Agnes towers above the neighborhood. Its sharp-edged geometric concrete body is a forbidding, even menacing presence in the urban space. How can a garden complement it, or stand its ground next to it? The basic idea is to take up the building’s geometric forms and adapt them to the needs of garden design—to use them as the basic elements of the new garden.
Where the structural ensemble of St. Agnes’s rises upward, accurately defined areas within the garden gesture in the opposite direction. Evergreen hedgerows structure the layout, heightening the spatial effect and preventing the viewer from taking in the setting from a single vantage point. This garden wants to be discovered.
On view in the grounds of St. Agnes, Gartenschau includes works by Monica Bonvicini, Elmgreen & Dragset, Jose Dàvila, Jeppe Hein, Camille Henrot, Alicja Kwade, Michael Sailstorfer, Stefan Strumbel, Tatiana Trouvé and Erwin Wurm. Set in the semi-private garden space that lies quietly behind the church, it focuses on each artist’s critical engagement with space-based approaches to contemporary sculpture.
The Garden is only open by appointment.