Exhibition: 01.02.2019 – 02.06.2019
LOCATION: Teylers Museum, Spaarne 16, 2011 CH Haarlem/NL
Teylers Museum has been supporting ‘living art’ since the end of the eighteenth century by collecting and presenting contemporary works of art. With this in mind, from 1 February to 2 June in the Tuinzaal, the photo “Back Stages, Teylers Museum” of artists Katrin Korfmann (1971) and Jens Pfeifer (1963) can be seen.
The huge picture of more than three by four meters shows an imaginary moment from above in Teylers Museum. Korfmann and Pfeifer made the work as part of the Back Stages series, in which they map all aspects of making and showing art and culture worldwide. From more than five hundred individual photographs of the museum, the artists put together a new solidified reality. Regular visitors to the museum will recognize pieces of Fossil Hall mixed with the Oval Room.
As in a huge tetris game, the artists built from these separate elements a new pattern that symbolizes the social patterns and connections that are necessary to produce art. This never happens in full romantic isolation, but continuously in contacts between artists, collectors, traders, exhibition makers and the public.