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The Secret Life of Things
2.April - 2.July 2017

The Secret Life of Things ¬

In times in which our world becomes more and more digital, immediate engagement with real, sensually perceptual things has come to be highly interesting for young artists. They discover qualities and stories within everyday objects, one might not recognize at first sight. They change these seemingly banal objects – be it by shifting their familiar context or by slightly modifying their outer appearance – and by doing so, create new, humorous scenes: Suddenly a cup of tea stirs itself, a saw saws itself or ordinary branches turn into magic wands. But beyond being funny, these artworks tell something about our relation towards “thing-worlds“. Unconsciously, we exchange with everyday items. Although they are lifeless materials, we are willing to give them names, fill them with memories and emotions and attribute certain characteristics to them.

The exhibition shows selected works by eleven artists that trace the tactile, visual or auditory qualities of our everyday world. All of them want to motivate visitors to think about the ordinary and to seek for the magical within the ordinary.

Parallel to the group-show „The Secret Life of Things“ the Museum Villa Rot shows the first one-artist-show with works by Swedish artist Magnus Thierfelder in Germany. Click here for more information.

Paticipating Artists ¬

Magnus thierfelder
Magnus Thierfelder lives and works in Malmö, Schweden www.magnusthierfelder.com
Guido-Weggenmann rt
Guido Weggenmann lives and works in Kempten
Myriam Thyes lives and works in Düsseldorf and Zürich
Maria und Natalia Petschatnikov lives and works in Berlin
Portrait of artist Antoanetta Marinov in her studio, Berlin, 2012, reversal film 4.5 × 6 cm
Antoanetta Marinov lives and works in Berlin
Anna Kolodziejska lives and works in Karlsruhe
Anja Luithle lives and works in Wendlingen a.N. and Stuttgart
Renate Koch lives and works in Karlsruhe
Hyunjeong Ko lives and works in Stuttgart

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