Critics’ Picks

Berlin

Ann Veronica Janssens

Neue Nationalgalerie
Potsdamer Straße 50 (closed for renovation)
July 29–August 5, 2001

How does one create art to show in a museum designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe? Belgian artist Ann Veronica Janssens, for one, has decided to take a light approach—quite literally—to Mies's famous glass-box design for Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie: her installations both produce and thematize light—among other things—by means of mirrors that visitors can carry throughout the empty space to create reflections on the ceiling or check out the building from a wide range of angles. But the definite highlight of the exhibition is provided by o.T., 2001: five stainless steel bicycles that spectators are invited to ride inside the museum as fast as they wish. Is there any better way to experience Mies in Berlin?