Tomás Saraceno’s work received broader attention in 2009 when he filled the main hall of the Padiglione Centrale in the Giardini at the 53rd Venice Art Biennial. His spider web-like installation created an immersive experience that was fascinating the visitors. With his solo exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin’s museum for contemporary art, he takes this experience a step further. Cloud Cities is Tomás Saraceno’s largest solo presentation to date. It features approximately 20 of his balloon models in various sizes. But instead of being able only to look at the installation, visitors can actually enter the two largest bubbles, that sit and float like soap bubbles in the former railway hall of the museum. Via ladders they can access the transparent balloons halfway of the structure and then walk or just lie on a flexible, transparent floor. From underneath it looks like they are walking on air.
VernissageTV had the chance to document the installation of the works and speak with the artist. In this video we follow Tómas Saraceno in one of the big balloons where he talks about the exhibition and his work. The exhibition opens September 14, 2011 and runs until January 15, 2012. For impressions of the opening, click here!
Tomás Saraceno was born in 1973 in Tucuman / Argentina. He lives and works in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Saraceno studied architecture but makes no difference between art, architecture, design, and life. He works in different media and is interested in our present and future living environment. He draws inspiration from soap bubbles, dust particles that float in the air, spider webs, and visionary figures such as Buckminster Fuller.
Cloud Cities, presented by the National Museums in Berlin, has been made possible by the Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie and sponsored by Dornbracht Installation Projects.
Dornbracht Installation Projects: Tomás Saraceno: Cloud Cities at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin. Interview with Tomás Saraceno, September 9, 2011.
Update: Photo set and introduction by Udo Kittelmann (Director, Nationalgalerie) available below.
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Introduction by Udo Kittelmann (Director Nationalgalerie):