UNStudio: retreat exhibition at kunstfort asperen opening june 28th
jun 25, 2009
UNStudio: retreat exhibition at kunstfort asperen opening june 28th

retreat exhibition, kuntsfort asperen
june 28th – september 20th, 2009
curators: ben van berkel and caroline bos/ UN studio



UNStudio’s installation in the fort
photo © katrien franken
image courtesy UNStudio



on june 28th the exhibition ‘retreat’ curated by ben van berkel of and caroline bos/ UNStudio
will be open to the public at kunstfort asperen. 12 artists were invited to exhibit works which
provide surprising interpretations on the theme of retreat from differing disciplines
and perspectives.


participating artists include: tobias rehberger, frank havermans, ann lislegaard, pipilotti rist,
absalon, andrea zittel, a.p. komen/karen murphy, cosmic wonder, jerszy seymour, lucy orta,
hans op de beeck and sandra backlund.


here is a sneak preview.



exterior of kunstfort asperen
photo © katrien franken
image courtesy UNStudio



retreat – away from daily routine
for ben van berkel and caroline bos the kunstfort asperen and its
surroundings was
the starting point for the theme retreat. the fortress
has lost its original function, whereby
the perception of place and
space has changed. this transition from defense post to idyllic
forms the premise of the exhibition. the theme, although reflecting
socio-economic realities, was in fact chosen prior to the
current global crisis.



‘open my glade’, 2000 installation by pipilotti rist
photo © katrien franken
image courtesy UNStudio



according to ben van berkel en caroline bos, ‘each in their own way has
invented solutions

for people in need of a refuge. but each also shows
that the solution and the situation you seek
to escape are interwoven,
and that there is a painful fragility to the human that no shelter
cover up.’


‘retreat’ section
image courtesy UNStudio



‘retreat’ elevations
image courtesy UNStudio


‘retreat’ core
image courtesy UNStudio



UNStudio has designed a spatial installation which reinterprets the
organization of
the fort and forms the binding element between the
exhibited works. the structure winds
through the fort like a ribbon,
playing with the changing perceptions and experiences
of the space,
both literally and symbolically. the material and the diamond structure
of the installation reflect the exhibited artworks which are installed
around the fort.



UNStudio’s installation in the fort
photo © katrien franken
image courtesy UNStudio



project info:



architectural installation: ben van berkel and caroline bos
with christian veddeler and arndt willert, gary friedman
curating: ben van berkel and caroline bos
production: machteld kors, cas bool and eric otten
building and engineering: p&p gmbh fuerth, odenwald
graphics: bloemendaal & dekkers, amsterdam
advisory board: jan brand, jose teunissen, ole bouman,
tom van gestel, meta knol, catelijne de muijnck, anne van der zwaag

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