News - 25 June 2009

Opening RETREAT

On June 28th the exhibition RETREAT at KunstFort Asperen will be open to the public. Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos invited 12 artists to exhibit works which provide surprising interpretations on the theme of RETREAT from differing disciplines and perspectives.

Participating artists are: Tobias Rehberger, Frank Havermans, Ann Lislegaard, Pipilotti Rist, Absalon, Andrea Zittel, A.P. Komen/Karen Murphy, COSMIC WONDER, Jerszy Seymour, Lucy Orta, Hans op de Beeck and Sandra Backlund.

The theme, inspired by the fort and its surroundings, shares a close affinity with the work of Van Berkel and Bos, which combines a rich and diverse theoretical position and to which the artists respond in their own ways with very specific ideas surrounding spatial experience.

Reflections
The exhibition also includes a spatial installation designed by UNStudio which reinterprets the organization of the fort and forms the binding element between the exhibited works. The structure winds through the fort like a ribbon, playing with the changing perceptions and experiences of the space, both literally and symbolically. The material and the diamond structure of the installation reflect the exhibited artworks which are installed around the fort.

The RETREAT exhibition is open from 28th June to 20th September, Tuesdays to Sundays (10.00 to 17.00) Retreat website

Right: Installation Pipilotti Rist, ‘Open my Glade’, 2000
Photo: © Katrien Franken