Sunday, May 6, 2012

Gloria Zein / London : I Can't Stop The Dancing Chicken [199]

Mural  and sculpture: Gloria Zein. Photograph stairwell: © Richard Bryant. Photograph sculpture: © Gloria Zein. 

Gloria Zein, an artist who helped launch the A Book About Death project in New York, opens her solo exhibition I can't stop the dancing chicken at the Goethe-Institut London on Sunday, 20 May 2012, noon to 8pm.

Goethe-Institut London 

I can’t stop the dancing chicken was commissioned specially for the 50th anniversary and reopening of the Goethe-Institut London.

It is a temporary installation in three parts consisting of individual works of sculpture, miniatures and a mural, which together form a complex, comprehensive spatial installation addressing the identity of the building and the structure of the Institut. It will be on show until April 2013.

There will also be a number of events:

1) Ten film screenings (22 May - 23 June) including short works by the artists Fiona Chambers, Marcus Coates and Anita Delaney and by director Helke Sander.

You can find the complete  program here:

2) Artist Talk:  Gloria Zein in conversation with Stephanie Rosenthal, chief curator at the Hayward Gallery, on 3 July at the Goethe-Institut.

If you are in London, the artist will be in town on 20 - 22 May as well as 3 July, 2012.

Gloria Zein: I can't stop the dancing chicken
Goethe-Institut London  50 Princes Gate
Exhibition Road  London SW7 2PH

Please check the website for the new opening hours:

From the program: German artist Gloria Zein currently works between London, Berlin and Paris. In 2011 she was awarded the Cass Prize for Sculpture in London.

An interdisciplinary, dialogical approach is central to Zein’s practice; the disclosure of her artistic methods allows viewers to appreciate the processual nature of her projects and the conditions surrounding the creation of her sculptural pieces.

The works that have been developed in honour of the reopening and 50th anniversary of the Goethe-Institut London reflect the transdisciplinary nature of Gloria Zein’s art. Her commissioned pieces allude not only to the multifaceted role of the institute with its wide range of cultural and educational activities in London, Great Britain and North-West Europe, but also to the dedication and commitment of its staff, operating within a dynamic network of artistic and creative fields.

Following the extensive restoration of the premises and the redevelopment of the interior spaces, Gloria Zein has responded to the architecture of the building with references to its historical significance and to the cultural objectives of the Goethe-Institut London. The diversity and geographical structure of these are addressed in a complex artistic work. Sculptures and objects in a variety of materials have been installed both outside the building and in individual working areas, and Zein has also developed a striking and playful colour concept for the walls and ceilings of the main stairwell. Visitors experience this space as a walk-through installation that opens up fascinating and surprising new perspectives throughout the entire building.

This project is presented as part of the International Architecture and Design Showcase 2012; a global gathering of cultural projects investigating architecture and design from across the world.

– Claudia Amthor-Croft Head of Arts, Goethe-Institut London, spring 2012, Translated by Jacqueline Todd

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