Tacita Dean – Darmstädter Werkblock
Darmstädter Werkblock focuses on the suite of seven rooms in the museum in Darmstadt that made up “Block Beuys”, Joseph Beuys’s celebrated installation of some 250 objects and ensembles, which he worked on intermittently from 1970 until his death in 1986. The extensive installation has been temporarily taken down to facilitate the current refurbishment and renovation of the museum.
The artist approaches the rooms with the close attention to detail usually reserved for the work of Joseph Beuys, pointing her still camera at the empty gallery space, lingering on the walls, their jute coverings, tears, holes, emergency exit signs, wires and a whole host of other details that seem bizarre in their apparent disjointedness. The artist’s intense, probing scrutiny notwithstanding, the film does not offer any insight into the dismantling and renovation of the Beuys rooms, but presents a mysterious, almost uncanny world as an aesthetic event that is devoid of any purpose.
Working closely with Gerhard Steidl, she extended the film into an artist’s book.
|Note||Signed and numbered|
|Illustrations||with num. col. ills|
|Type of book||Artist Book|