© Images Roman März
15 AUGUST – 20 SEPTEMBER 2020
When artist Sarah Morris met the legendary film director Alexander Kluge a few years ago, the circumstances were unusual. She was looking for a striking, Wizard-of-Oz-type male voice to record her screenplay. Curator Hans Ulrich Obrist introduced her to Alexander Kluge, and over the years that followed, their first project developed into a productive collaboration bridging New York, Munich, and Berlin.
For their latest collaboration at KÖNIG GALERIE, Kluge penned a series of short stories for Morris – The Mermaid, Cats in Space, and Grief Work for Kittens – which she took to her studio in New York and recorded. She then produced three films based on them, which are now showing in Berlin. They are projected onto her work The Conversation, which Morris created specially for the joint show. A further work takes the two back to the beginning of their first encounter: the famous Sound Graphs series, which is now on show in Berlin.
Here, Morris used the recordings she had originally invited Alexander Kluge to the mic for and created sharp-edged geometric forms that undulate across the screen, creating highs and lows, to be read like a painterly translation of Kluge’s voice. Alexander Kluge’s Cats and Ghosts comprises five screens showing films by the man himself, many of them made in collaboration with Sarah Morris. But they also include other protagonists from the art world, with homages to Paul Klee, James Ensor, and Katsushika Hokusai. On the walls are four series of prints on aluminium.
The joint exhibition was originally intended to be held in Tokyo but was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. KÖNIG GALERIE is now delighted to be hosting the exhibition in Berlin, with further new additions.
© Text by Alexander Kluge