27 March – 17 April 2014
On 27 March 2014 Johnen Galerie opens the new space in Rotwang Haus in the courtyard building of the gallery. On view will be new works by Martin Creed. In 2001, Martin Creed’s first exhibition with the then Cologne based Johnen Galerie displayed his work Lights off. The same year the artist was awarded the internationally renowned Turner Prize. In 2004 Johnen Galerie showed his balloon installation Half the air in a given space in its glass pavilion at Schillingstrasse, Berlin. At Gallery Weekend 2011 Martin Creed’s exhibition with wall and canvas paintings opened at the gallery’s present space at Marienstrasse. The permanent installation in the stairwell and the leaf-gilded gate were designed for the gallery in the same year.
The new works take up the height of the new space: a steel construction and a pyramid consisting of paper towels. In addition the movie Erection shows a growing and waning erection in greatest formal rigor, a mechanical ballet of sorts, with a great deal of humor. A withered rose in an Ikea glass that stood for years on a shelf in Creed’s studio had turned without artistic intervention into a sculpture. Three times its size and in bronze, the rose is now part of the exhibition, like an "unconscious" object. There will also be several new paintings on view.
The retrospective What’s the point of it? is currently on view at Hayward Gallery, London, until 27 April 2014. A catalogue of the same title accompanies the exhibition. Martin Creed (*1968 in Wakefield, UK) lived in Glasgow, Scotland, since age 3 until he began his studies at Slade School of Fine Art in London in 1986.
Today the artist lives and works in London and Alicudi, Italy.
Rotwang Haus is a landmarked building from 1824 in the courtyard of the gallery building. Because of its rare roof construction, the building is protected as a historic monument. The ground floor and the first floor have been combined into one space that is now used as an exhibtion space with great ceiling height.