Gregor Schneider in conversation
with Tony Bond, assistant director and head curator of international art
German artist Gregor Schneider’s work focuses on the creation of uncanny architectural environments, cavernous depths and labyrinths that evoke a dark individual or collective psyche. Some of his well-known projects include Weisse Folter (2007) in Düsseldorf, Artangel commission, Die Familie Schneider (2004) in London, and Kaldor Public Art Project 21 beach cells (2007) in which the artist transformed Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach with a giant cage.
Since 1985, he has been compulsively refiguring a former residential block in Rheydt, Germany, into a work he has named Totes Haus Ur (Dead house Ur). Rooms within rooms, crawl spaces, paths leading to dead ends, cellars, blocked doors and dark, forgotten avenues behind walls and under floors now make up the house. No longer a home, it has become a place of confinement, confusion and dislocation.
In 1996, Schneider began to transport rooms from the house to exhibitions in different locations around the world, most memorably for the German pavilion at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001. As part of the new display in the contemporary galleries, opening 2 June 2012, some of these rooms will come to the Art Gallery of NSW. Like being in the house in Rheydt, the experience of being in these spaces leaves visitors feeling unsure of where there are and what they are seeing.
Join Tony Bond, assistant director and head curator of international art, and Gregor Schneider in a discussion about this new site-specific commission, which has been assisted by John Kaldor and presented in the newly rehung John Kaldor Family Galleries.
This commission was initiated by John Kaldor and is in collaboration with the Art Gallery of NSW.
AGNSW contemporary galleries are supported by the Belgiorno-Nettis family.
Image: Gregor Schneider
Saturday 26 May 2012, 3.30pm
Duration 1 hour
Location: Domain Theatre