Spectacular Doug Aitken Retrospective Opens in Frankfurt
With coinciding major shows in Europe, call it the "Summer of Aitken."
The first retrospective of Doug Aitken’s work will open at Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt today.
The mammoth Barbican project comprises of 100 free events in 30 days, while the exhibition at Victoria Miro focuses on sculptural works. Add this to his the film project Station to Station, which chronicles a 4,000-mile long journey across the United States, and you can almost legitimately dub this “the summer of Aitken.”
The major survey, titled “Doug Aitken,” at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt fills the 1,400 square meter space with film alongside sculpture, both inside the museum as well as in its outdoor space. Film works include SONG 1 (2012/2015), Black Mirror (2011), migration (empire) (2008) and diamond sea (1997), while the sound water-sculpture Sonic Fountain II (2013/2015) will be playing in a publicly accessible rotunda for the duration of the exhibition.
Aitken, born in Redondo Beach California in 1968, has become famous for his multifaceted practice, combining film, sculpture, performance, and music.
“For more than two decades, the works by American artist Doug Aitken have expanded our possibilities of perception,” said Max Hollein, director of Schirn Kunsthalle. “For Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Doug Aitken, for the first time, casts a retrospective look at his influential oeuvre, resulting in a parcours that renders the architecture of the building invisible while connecting the different works to form a coherent spatial unit,” says Hollein.
Schirn Kunsthalle opened in 1986, and has put on exhibitions with Thomas Hirschhorn, Carsten Nicolai, Jonathan Meese, John Bock, Michael Sailstorfer, Terence Koh, Aleksandra Mir, Eberhard Havekost, Mike Bouchet, and Yoko Ono, among others.
“Doug Aitken” is on view at Schirn Kunsthalle from July 9 – September 27.
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