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19 May 2017
MAT COLLISHAW'S NEW COMMISSION FOR LUTHER AND THE AVANT GARDE
Following his critically acclaimed exhibitions at Blain|Southern and Somerset House, Mat Collishaw continues to present dynamic new work throughout this summer.
Console, is a site-specific installation commissioned for the group exhibition Luther and the Avant Garde in Wittenberg, Germany. The former cells, staircases, courtyards and façades of the Old Prison in Wittenberg house the central exhibition. The focus lies not on the great reformer as an historical figure, but as a fountain of ideas and a socio-cultural avantgardist of his time. Referencing the hermitic ascetic life of St Jerome (and in turn, Luther), the installation is viewable only through a small hole in bricked-up cell wall. Other participating artists include: Ai Weiwei, Art & Language, Maurizio Cattelan, Olafur Eliasson, Gilbert & George, Christian Jankowski, Erwin Wurm and Xu Bing.
Collishaw’s touring VR exhibition, Thresholds, opens at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery on 24 June. Of the installation Frieze magazine says; ‘Collishaw has not recreated an historical experience, but has instead constructed an entirely new one. The end product is ultimately Collishaw’s vision and it teems with the reverence he has not only for the wonder of photography, but also for the power of its illusions.’
Luther and the Avant Garde, is at Ehemalige Haftanstalt (Old Prison), Wittenberg until 17 September 2017
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