until 15.07. | #1948ARTatBerlin | KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst is currently showing the exhibition Defying Gravity by the artist duo Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs at the Maschinenhaus, M1 and M2.
The KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art in Berlin will present a major survey exhibition by the artist duo Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs in the spring. On two floors of the Maschinenhaus (Power House), in addition to well-known series such as The Great Unreal, Building Berlin/Constructions, and Continental Drift, entirely new works will be presented for the first time at the KINDL.
In a wide range of media—including film, photography, sculpture, and installations—the Berlin-based artists explore and expand common notions of the documentary. In particular, the exhibition at the KINDL focuses on two diverging yet central series of works: The Great Unreal (2005–2009) was created during a road trip through the United States. Onorato & Krebs continually countered clichéd ideas of mystical American landscapes with surprising and surreal alterations. For Continental Drift (2013–2016) the duo embarked on another journey—this time through areas for which barely any clichés exist: they drove to Ulan Bator in Mongolia a total of four times and captured their journey in analogue photographs and 16mm films. The juxtaposition of chance sights and deliberate constructions demonstrates that to Onorato & Krebs the idea of a thing is just as important as its reality.
In Berlin during the 2000s, the two artists realised the series Building Berlin/Constructions (2009–2012), in which wooden scaffoldings built on empty plots of land echo the silhouettes of the buildings behind them and connect them illusionistically in the medium of photography. Since very few such areas exist in this form today in Berlin, the pictures themselves have now become documents of contemporary history.
Taiyo Onorato (*1979 in Zurich) and Nico Krebs (*1979 in Winterthur) studied together at the Zurich University of the Arts. Since 2003 they have worked together as an artist duo. The exhibition at the KINDL is their first institutional show in Berlin, where they share a studio.
Vernissage: Saturday, 24th March 2018, 5:00-9:00 p.m.
Exhibition period: Sunday, 25th March to Sunday, 15th July 2018Zum KINDL Zentrum für zeitgenösische Kunst
Image caption: Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs: Broken Street Line, 2008. ©Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs
Exhibition Defying Gravity – KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst | Contemporary Art – Kunst in Berlin | ART@Berlin