SUR/FACE Mirrors

24 June – 1 October 2017

Exhibition View: Dan Graham, Pyramid, 1999

Press preview: Thursday, 22 June 2017, 11 am
Exhibition opening: Friday, 23 June 2017, 7 pm

On the façades of bank towers, in boutiques, gyms and lobbies, in our homes and on our smartphones – everywhere you look, there are mirrored surfaces. Why are reflective materials so tremendously popular these days? How are mirror effects used in design, and how does art reflect on them? And what is the impact of the omnipresent experience of mirrors on us human beings?

Taking place from 24 June to 1 October 2017, the exhibition SUR/FACE: Mirrors at the Museum Angewandte Kunst will focus on the phenomenon of the mirrored surface in art, design and architecture of the present. On 1,200 square metres of floor space, the show will feature products by such designers as Ron Arad, Ettore Sottsass and Oskar Zieta and artworks by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Isa Genzken, Andy Warhol and many others. More than a hundred objects made of mirrored glass, highly polished metal or reflective plastic will attract the viewer’s gaze, steer it, occasionally confound it, and offer it new perspectives. Mirrored surfaces create illusory spaces, point to seeming infinity, and look straight into the eyes of the viewer looking at himself.

Curatorial Team: Juliane Duft, Dr Mahret Kupka, Dr Christine Nippe, Matthias Wagner K
Curatorial Assistance: Leonie Wiegand

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