Four years ago, the piece STERBERAUM (“Dying Room”) by the German sculptor Gregor Schneider generated quite an uproar – not only in the art world. Yet nobody had ever even seen it. It was only six months ago that Schneider was able to show his finished work at Kunstraum Innsbruck, curated by Veit Loers. The artist entitled the images of the installation TOTER RAUM (“Dead Room”).
Now STERBERAUM is being shown for the second time at the National Museum in Szczecin, Poland, within the context of the annual Festival for Visual Art. Since 2004 the festival is organized by the "13 Muses" of Szczecin; this years theme is “Apocalypse.”
“Art, for me, has a deeply human ambition, in the most positive sense. Dying can also be art. Basically, a dying room is a personal commission to design the room and the environment in which we die, in which we dissolve, to then be dead. A task that lies in store for each of us.” (Gregor Schneider, February 2008)
In an interview with Heinz-Norbert Jocks (Kunstforum International 2008), Schneider gave a detailled description of the constructed artistic space and said, among other things: “The artistic space can create the dignity required to make dying and death openly visible.”
Gregor Schneider, STERBERAUM, National Museum in Szczecin, June 3 – August 31, 2012, opening June 2, 2012 / 5 pm, presented by the “13 Muses” and the City of Szczecin in cooperation with White Cube Productions Ltd. and Kunstraum Innsbruck, curated by Constanze Kleiner.
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