Schirn Kunsthalle

Aleksandra Mir

14 May - 26 Jul 2009

© Aleksandra Mir, Studio, 2008
14 May - 26 July 2009

Aleksandra Mir was born in Poland, grew up in Sweden, moved to New York, and has resided in Palermo for several years. And it is in Palermo, or more precisely, in a Sicilian daily newspaper, where her project Triumph had its start—in the form of a want ad run by the artist herself. She was interested in the trophy, an object whose history reaches back to our distant cultural past and which today, awarded chiefly at sporting events, is among the everyday items of our society. Within just a few months, more than 2500 trophies were collected, cleaned, and archived. Although the trophies are contemporary mass-produced articles, each one is individualized by means of an engraving and tells a personal story that references a specific event. Triumph, Aleksandra Mir’s first solo exhibition in Germany, presents this collection, and has thus become an archive of popular culture and part of contemporary history.

Curator: Matthias Ulrich

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