NORBERT BISKY | POMPA

10 NOVEMBER 2019 – 16 FEBRUARY 2020
ST. MATTHÄUS-KIRCHE, BERLIN, GERMANY

Just two days after the ceremonial opening at Villa Schöningen a further site-specific exhibition by Norbert Bisky is unveiled. An elaborate installation has been placed on the ceiling of St. Matthäus church. While his show RANT mainly deals with events surrounding the fall of the wall, POMPA lies its focus on the decades following the reunification.

Both exhibitions are linked by a light installation: searchlights have been installed on a gallery inside of the church and on the roof of Villa Schöningen, floodlighting the environment.  A reminder of the threatening situation at the border dividing Germany states, that ran in the immediate vicinity of both exhibition spaces.

The church ceiling is divided into separate sections, telling a linear history unfolding from the entrance towards the altar. Starting at the zero-hour followed by euphoria and excess, leading towards the uncertainties of contemporary life: migration, environmental destruction and terror. Pop cultural references to religion conclude the visual narration above the alter, questioning the meaning of faith I post-factual times.

On the occasion of the exhibition, Norbert Bisky also created three altarpieces, that will be shown alternately.


© Images Bernd Borchardt

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