In this video, we attend the opening of the exhibition Zilvinas Kempinas: Darkroom at K20 Grabbeplatz, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf (Germany). For the project room “Labor” of the museum K20, the New York-based artist Zilvinas Kempinas created an immersive installation that takes the visitor to a space that reminds of a darkroom or a dark forest bathed in red light.
A major survey exhibition of the work of Zilvinas Kempinas titled Slow Motion is currently on show at Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland.
More information and videos on Zilvinas Kempinas are available in our archive.
Zilvinas Kempinas: Darkroom / K20 Grabbeplatz, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (Germany). Vernissage, September 4, 2013.
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From the press release:
Especially for the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Kempinas has created a new installation that allows objects and structures – now bathed in red light – to appear as images in the darkroom of an old photographer. This association alludes to a condition that is suspended between dissolution in light and materialization at a secret location. The clarity of these forms, assembled from aluminum and video strips, also evoke experiences of irritation or confusion.
Kempinas has realized his most recent work, entitled DARKROOM, in situ in the Laboratory, the project room of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, as a confrontation with the proportions and other concrete characteristics of the space.
In his new installation Kempinas invites the visitor to move between his constructions and ponder his process of perception – eventually making viewers reflect upon their relationship to the object.
DARKROOM is on view simultaneously with the exhibition Alexander Calder: Avant-Garde in Motion (Sept 07, 2013 to Jan 12, 2014) at the K20 Grabbeplatz.