Saturday, 29 October 2011

Mona Hatoum's Hot Spot at the Goetz Collection Munich


Mona Hatoum's, Hot Spot , 2009, neon and stainless steel

I've recently returned from 3 days in Munich, having been asked by The Goetz Collection, an internationally renowned, private collection of contemporary art, to assemble Mona Hatoum's Hot Spot for an exhibition of her work beginning in November. The collection is owned and continuely added to by, the former gallery dealer, Ingvild Goetz who presents the collection to the public in a series of themed exhibitions in a purpose built museum, designed by the Swiss architectural firm of Herzog and de Meuron in 1993.

Peter Head, neon fitter extrodinaire, working somewhere in the Philippines

Originally commissioned in 2009 for an exhibition in the Fondazione Querini Stampalia at the Venice Biennale,  the piece comprises 48 sections of 8mm clear tubing filled with neon gas. Each piece was initially bent in two dimensions,using a full size drawing as a template and was then bent again into three dimensions to fit the curvature of the globe. 


 
The tubing is lit by 10 transformers producing 95000 volts and running at 18m/A. The tubing is attached to the frame with nylon fishing twine and is cushioned on a bed of silicon sleeves. The H.T.cables drop straight down from the electrodes to the transformers housed in the base.


 

Mona Hatoum's Undercurrent

The exhibition also includes the work “Undercurrent”, a beautiful and intricate mixed media extravaganza comprised of cloth covered electric cable, lightbulbs and a dimmer device allowing the lightbulbs to "breathe" . Other pieces include several of Mona's early video installations as well as "Paravent" or "Grater Divide" and "Slicer".




The exhibition runs from 21st November 2011 - 5th April 2012 at The Goetz Collection, Oberföhringer Straße 103,  D - 81925 Munich.  Tel. +49 - 89 - 95 93 96 9 - 0


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