23.01.2020 to 26.03.2020 | Side programme

The relation of blur | Michael Graeve

In his examination of Ludwig van Beethoven and his own artistic techniques, both as a painter and as a sound artist, Michael Graeve creates an interface between music and painting, developing a tonal, painterly and contemporary answer to questions arising from Ludwig van Beethoven's compositional work, thus referring to the blurs in his late work.

The core of the exhibition lies in the exploration of three concepts that are significant for Beethoven's late artistic work: The Fragment/The Structure of Translation/Memory and Memory.

Due to the composer's hearing loss, he is faced with the challenge of (re)constructing the unheard sound from remembered sounds. The unheard but only felt and remembered sound requires translation into a real sound, which ultimately led to a changed tension in Beethoven's works.

The exhibition makes reference to the translation between the concepts: remembered sound stands opposite real sound - painting opposite sound. A blurring is inevitable here. What opportunities arise from the relationship between the works in the context of the two exhibition spaces - sound in the first exhibition space, visual experience in the second - spatially separated from one another, but connected with one another in terms of content.

How can Beethoven's restriction be seen as a model of contemporary art production? These questions also point to the chances and failures in the context of the currently increasing multicultural societies, in which translation work is always done, although the awareness of different conditions is not always known.

Save the dates:

>Opening: January 23rd, starting 19h, with sound interventions by Michael Graeve

>Sound performances: 25 January 2020, 19h, Miki Yui (Düsseldorf) and Michael Graeve

>Artist Talk: Saturday 21 March 2020, 19h, Christoph Dahlhausen in conversation with Michael Graeve, via skype

>Closing: Thursday 26th March 2020, from19h

We would like to thank RMIT University, the Stiftung Kunst der Sparkasse in Bonn, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government and the Australian Embassy in Berlin for supporting the project.


Das Esszimmer - Raum für Kunst+
Mechenstrasse 25
53129 Bonn

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