Schirn Kunsthalle

Mike Bouchet

01 Jul - 12 Sep 2010

© Mike Bouchet
Watershed Venice 1, 2009
“New Living”

01 July - 12 September 2010

Opening Hours
Tuesday, Friday - Sunday 10 am - 7 pm
Wednesday and Thursday 10 am - 10 pm
Closed on Mondays

The work of the American artist Mike Bouchet, who currently lives and works in Frankfurt, questions social currents through a variety of forms, including sculpture, installation, painting, film and actions. Two of his recurring concerns are issues of urbanity and consumption. At the 2009 Venice Biennale, Mike Bouchet showed “Watershed,” a 250 square meter single-family house, which he floated in a Venice canal in an attempt to promote the suburbanization of water. For Bouchet, a suburban home is a commercialized architectural fantasy: dream houses sold in kits for the mass consumer. For his exhibition at the SCHIRN, Bouchet has literally chainsawed “Watershed” into pieces, as a way of continuing his artistic discussion with this popular architectural form. The transformed house is a new sculpture titled “Sir Walter Scott.” Within the exhibition, entitled “Neues Wohnen” (New Living), the physical components of the house are used as material for an examination of the physical and psychological dimensions of contemporary suburban architecture. It is supplemented with further new works by Mike Bouchet.
Curator: Matthias Ulrich (SCHIRN)

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