Berlin

Absalon, Cell nº 5, 1991, wood, cardboard, paint, neon, Perspex, 11' 6“ x  7' 1” x 1' 7".

Absalon, Cell nº 5, 1991, wood, cardboard, paint, neon, Perspex, 11' 6“ x 7' 1” x 1' 7".

Berlin

Absalon

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststrasse 69
November 28, 2010–February 6, 2011

Curated by Susanne Pfeffer

When the Israeli artist Meir Eshel moved to Paris in the late 1980s, he adopted the pseudonym Absalon. There, in the short time before his sudden death at the age of twenty-nine, he made groups of work with generic titles such as “Proposals for Everyday Objects” and “Proposals for Habitats,” including a set of extremely restrictive nomadic living units based on the dimensions of his own body. He termed these structures Cellules—“bastions of resistance to a society that stops me from becoming what I must become.” This exhibition, the first comprehensive consideration of the artist’s work, will unite all six of his completed cells with his six city-specific prototypes, as well as unseen videos, drawings, and films. A catalogue containing essays by the curator and others accompanies the show.