September 9 - October 10, 2020

Ad Minoliti, Böhler & Orendt, Mirak Jamal, Cecilia Valenti, Sophie Erlund & Stephen Kent

(plus Module I contributions from: Andrea Canepa, Valentina Karga, Eli Cortiñas, Paul DD Smith, Kamilla Bischof,
Annika Rixen, Constanza Mendoza, Jesi Khadivi, Santiago da Silva, Nest Desig

Merzbau-Garten is a collaborative project which is growing over the course of three modules by combining the work, concepts and labor of various Berlin-based artists, writers, and designers.

Inspired in part by Kurt Schwitters' Merzbau, the space at Kinderhook & Caracas is organically accumulating architectural interventions, art works and plant life over the course of the year, meanwhile manifesting in a parallel, non-linear publication with contributions from all of the participants. A program of encounters accompanies the physical exhibition.

The loose theme of Module I revolved around the connections between the mythology of the object, artist gardens, house museums, and contamination. Module II expands this constellation of concepts into the realms of both the surreal and the mundane. An anthropomorphic lotus bud offers solace as we weave through the familiar and the alien, the real and the mythological, modernity and the archaic. Alice in Wonderland syndrome lands us within the oversized garden of a rag-picker, where personality types are determined by pseudoscientific foot-readings.

Read publication text "Spring Cleaning" by Cecilia Valenti (English or Deutsch)





















Photos by Joe Clark


Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds



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