Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main
– 1 October 2017
In “SUR/FACE” it isn’t just the visitors’ mirrored faces that are visible, but also what is behind them. It’s possible to see everything on the glossy smooth surfaces of mirrors – the way we scrutinise our own appearance and how we see ourselves.
The exhibition venue is the Richard Meier Building – boasting views of the bank towers and numerous glass façades of the Frankfurt skyline – and given its mirrored windows, it could be one of the exhibits itself. In a space of 1,200 sq. metres, public mirrored areas, such as a fitness centre, the lobby of a bank, or private mirror cabinets, such as those found in bedrooms and bathrooms are on show. In and around these rooms, works by artists such as Ron Arad, Andy Warhol, Olafur Eliasson, Katharina Sieverding and Heimo Zobernig have been hung and displayed.
Our own narcissism and that of others, the urge to portray oneself, the compulsion to control external appearance, the apparent duplication of reality and the consequent opening up of virtual reality, the consciousness of our existence: all of this is encouraged, nourished and evoked by mirrors, even broken ones, as in Kim's case. And all this can be seen aside from mere mirror images – on and below the surfaces of the exhibits in “SUR/FACE”.