Preview: SUR/FACE Mirrors

24 June – 1 October 2017

The reflective façades of bank towers and boutiques, mirrors in gyms and in our bathrooms: formerly a rare luxury, today mirrors are omnipresent.

SUR/FACE will take a look at surfaces of contemporary applied and fine art that function as mirrors: they draw the beholder’s gaze towards them and immediately throw it back at him and his surroundings. With design objects by such names as Maison Martin Margiela or Ettore Sottsass as well as artworks by Andy Warhol, Heimo Zobernig and others, the exhibition will recreate high-lustre interiors ranging between intimacy and opulence – and as capable of conveying a sense of familiarity as they are of arousing desire.
Applied and fine art with mirrored surfaces reflect the present as manifest in our lifeworld – that is, in our yearning for self-mirroring and our search for the smooth and flawless.

Designers and labels to be featured in the exhibition:
Aranda/Lasch, Leonie Barth, Ayzit Bostan, Fernando und Humberto Campana, Karen Chekerdijan, Ross Lovegrove, Philipp Mainzer, Maison Martin Margiela, Mischer Traxler, Rooms, Ettore Sottsass, Oskar Zieta

Artists to be featured in the exhibition:
John Armleder, Bernadette Corporation, Monica Bonvicini, Tom Burr, Keren Cytter, Latifa Echakch, Monir Sharoudy Farmanfarmaian, Sylvie Fleury, Dan Graham, Olaf Holzapfel, Mischa Kuball, Olaf Nicolai, Tobias Rehberger, Thomas Rentmeister, Katharina Sieverding, Amalia Ulman, Andy Warhol, Claudia Wieser, Heimo Zobernig

Curators: Juliane Duft, Dr Mahret Kupka, Dr Christine Nippe, Matthias Wagner K
Curatorial assistance: Leonie Wiegand

Sylvie Fleury
Fernando + Humberto, Campana
Latifa Echakhch