post-title Karin Sander | „What you see is not what you get“ (22 exhibitions) | Esther Schipper | 10.06.-16.07.2022

Karin Sander | „What you see is not what you get“ (22 exhibitions) | Esther Schipper | 10.06.-16.07.2022

Karin Sander | „What you see is not what you get“ (22 exhibitions) | Esther Schipper | 10.06.-16.07.2022

Karin Sander | „What you see is not what you get“ (22 exhibitions) | Esther Schipper | 10.06.-16.07.2022

until 16.07. | #3495ARTatBerlin | Esther Schipper shows from 10th June 2022 the exhibition “What you see is not what you get” (22 exhibitions) by the artist Karin Sander. It is the forth solo exhibtion by the artist in the gallery. 

For this solo exhibition entitled “What you see is not what you get”, Karin Sander has brought together different works from her oeuvre and curated 22 exhibitions from them. Karin Sander has carefully packed these respective, individual selections into transport boxes and then closed them; they offer protection and sometimes contain instructions for action for the different, small and large-format artworks they contain. The exhibits are well kept in their transport crates, present in the gallery space but eluding visibility. Each transport box is its own size, bears its individual title, lists the materials used in the works and contains what belongs to the installation of the works and the respective exhibition.

The tension between visibility and presence is also a motif of the new augmented reality (AR) exhibitions conceived by Karin Sander. Visitors can use VR glasses to virtually visit other exhibitions in the gallery. For this work, she had works 3D scanned and virtually installed on the walls. This visible, albeit virtual, presentation provides a counterpoint to the 22 physically present exhibitions – it lets visitors see works that are not physically present, while the works in the transport boxes are present but not visible. In this way, visual information meets augmented reality, the narrative of the physical and conceptual content superimposed on the presence of augmented reality: “What you see is not what you get”.

Karin Sander was born in 1957 in Bensberg, Germany. She studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart and at the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum in New York. From 1999 to 2007, Sander was a professor at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee. Since 2007 she has held a professorship in art and architecture at the ETH Zurich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. For 202, she was selected to represent Switzerland at the Architecture Biennale in Venice together with the art and architecture historian Philip Ursprung.

The artist has received numerous awards, including the Rome Prize of the German Academy in Rome, Villa Massimo, Rome (2014), Hans Thoma Prize, Grand State Prize for Visual Arts Baden-Württemberg (2011), Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (1996), scholarship of the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (1993-1995), Rubens-Förderpreis of the city of Siegen (1994) and the Villa Romana Prize, Florence (1993).

Sander has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her institutional solo exhibitions include: Karin Sander Office Works, Kunsthalle Tübingen, Tübingen (2021); Karin Sander – Skulptur / Sculpture / Scultura, Museion, Bolzano (2020); 43°45’51.8″N 11°15’46.8″E, Base / Progetti per l’arte, Florence (2020); Karin Sander. A – Z, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin (2019); Karin Sander, Kunst Museum Winterthur, Winterthur (2018); Transzendenzaufzug, permanent installation, Kunstuniversität Linz, Linz (2017); Zeigen. An Audio Tour through the collection of the GfZK, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst (GfZK), Leipzig (2017); Karin Sander – Identities on Display, Kunstmuseum Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach (2017); Karin Sander, Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, Cully (2016); Karin Sander, Tongewölbe T25, Ingolstadt (2015); Identities on Display, Humboldt Lab Dahlem, Berlin (2013); Museumsbesucher 1: 8, Lehmbruckmuseum, Duisburg (2013); Karin Sander, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (2011); Gebrauchsbilder und Andere, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2010); Labor, K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2010), and Zeigen. An Audio Tour through Berlin, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin (2009).

Her work is in the collections of various institutions, including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum, New York; SFMOMA, San Francisco; MUSEION – Museo d’arte contemporanea di Bolzano, Bolzano; Kunstmuseum, Bonn; Staatsgalerie Stuttgart; Kunstmuseum Stuttgart; Kunst Museum Winterthur; National Museum, Osaka; Sprengel Museum, Hanover; Muzeum Artystów, Łódź; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen; and Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.

Opening: Friday, 10 June 2022, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Exhibition dates: Friday, 10 June – Saturday, 16 July 2022

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Image caption Exhibition view: Karin Sander, “What you see is not what you get” (22 exhibitions), Esther Schipper, Berlin, 2022. Photo © Andrea Rossetti

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