The Museum Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin shows from 18th October 2019 as a part of the series “Musikwerke Bildender Künstler (>Works of music by visual artists)” the exhibition Bergama Stereo by the artist Cevdet Erek.
In the architecture and sound installation “Bergama Stereo”, the Istanbul-based artist and musician Cevdet Erek refers to the form, content and reception history of the Pergamon Altar in Berlin and creates a new interpretation of this important Hellenistic building. In August and September 2019, the installation will be shown at the Ruhrtriennale in Bochum before moving to the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin in October. The exhibition in Berlin celebrates the 20th anniversary of “Musikwerke Bildender Künstler” and is accompanied by a concert and performance programme.
Bergama is the Turkish name for ancient Pergamon as well as for today’s city and district in Asia Minor. The famous giant frieze of the altar is interpreted in a multi-channel composition that sounds the room. Here the sound plays the central role in creating an architecture that the visitors* can hear as they move through the room. “Bergama Stereo” (2019) is a site-specific work and is conceived for two locations that are connected in different ways with the history of the Pergamon Altar and the historical context of its reception and reconstruction. The installation has its first station in the Turbinenhalle on the grounds of the Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum before being shown in the historical hall in the former Hamburger Bahnhof station building. An integral component is a concert and performance programme taking place in the exhibition space, which takes up themes and structural aspects of the architecture.
The series “Musikwerke Bildender Künstler” is a joint project of Freunde Guter Musik Berlin e.V. and the Nationalgalerie der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin. Since 1999 musical works and installations by Hanne Darboven, Yves Klein, Hermann Nitsch, Rodney Graham, Stephen Prina, Lawrence Weiner / Peter Gordon, Käthe Kruse, Carsten Nicolai, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Cory Arcangel, Egill Sæbjörnsson & Marcia Moraes, Ryoji Ikeda, Susan Philipsz, Saâdane Afif, Christian Marclay, Ari Benjamin Meyers and Jorinde Voigt at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin and at the Neue Nationalgalerie.
A co-production by Freunde Guter Musik Berlin e.V., Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin und Ruhrtriennale 2019, sponsored by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes, with the support of the SAHA Association.
Opening: Friday, 18 October 2019, 7 pm
Exhibition period: Saturday, 19 October 2019 – Sunday, 8 March 2020Zum Hamburger Bahnhof
Image caption: Cevdet Erek, Bergama Stereo, Skizze, 2019, Foto: Cevdet Erek