Haus der Kunst: Interiorities

Haus der Kunst: Interiorities

From November 29 to March 29, 2020, Haus der Kunst will present Interiorities, a group show by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Leonor Antunes, Henrike Naumann, Adriana Varejão.

Today, the far-reaching effects of global networks—historical, economic, political, and cultural—permeate the everyday life and private sphere of every individual. At the same time, positions based on concepts of a homogenous national and cultural identity are gaining ground. The exhibition Interiorities confronts this development and explores the potential of a cosmopolitan worldview that depends on being conscious about and connected to other parts of the world. Following these global connections, the exhibition draws nearer to a fabric of transnational and fluid identities and aesthetically formulates new and complex images of a fragmented self.

Inspired by the painterly representation of interior spaces that originally came into fashion in the Netherlands of the 17th century, Interiorities presents four artists who explore the relationship between interior and exterior space. Whether as an imaginary or real setting, as a metaphor, or as a concrete site for intimate social actions, each of the artists’ works reveals the potential of the interior to reflect and alter the social and political zeitgeist.

Within her predominately large-format, dynamically patterned paintings on paper, Njideka Akunyili Crosby (b. 1983 in Enugu, Nigeria) negotiates the complex cultural terrain of a life situated between two worlds: her native Nigeria and her adopted home in the United States. Inspired by photography, fashion, architecture, and design, as well as her own family history, Akunyili Crosby’s works often depict domestic spaces. Although these scenes are normally of a private nature, the works nonetheless point beyond personal insight and the private sphere and instead visualize a cosmopolitan mind-set alongside an Afro-political attitude towards life.

The exhibition is curated by Anna Schneider, assisted by Dimona Stöckle. An exhibition catalogue will be published by Prestel, with contributions by Briony Fer, Marietta Kesting, Lilia Moritz Schwarcz, Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, and Anna Schneider, as well as interviews with the four artists by Anna Schneider and Raphael Fonseca.

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