JOS DE GRUYTER & HARALD THYS


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DAS LOCH
Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen (DE)
21 May - 10 July 2011


The exhibition Das Loch at the NAK. Neuer Aachener Kunstverein is a commemoration of the fictional personality of the painter Johannes (1947-2010). Chimes, a golden light shining through ornamental glass, and a rug that dampens the sounds of footsteps completely transform the exhibition spaces into a mausoleum. Johannes is laid out in a vitrine. Presented in the upper floor is the eponymous video Das Loch (2010). Puppets, dummies, and a stuffed vulture appear in numerous scenes. The monologues of the actors, spoken in distorted, computerized voices, interrupt the tension generated by the absolutely immobile camera. Johannes speaks: “May the Lord bless you and await you on the shore of life swathed in light. Now, that the death of all that is mortal knocks upon your door and calls you forth from the land that nourishes you, from the circle of people with whom you have lived. May He ease your departure and dispatch his angel to your side, to accompany you through the unknown gate of death and lead you to the promised land where the sun never sets.”

Photo credit: Kristien Daem