bonn-and-stuttgart

Klaus Mettig

Kunstmuseum, Bonn, And Wiirttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart

These simultaneous but geographically far-separated installations were linked by a shared catalogue, which can be considered an independent work of art. In exhibiting his compelling photographic works, Klaus Mettig exploited both the bunker like atmosphere of the provisional exhibition space in Bonn and the spaciousness of the “palace of art” in Stuttgart, a majestic domed building. Using the antitheses of order and chaos, cool formal structure and emotional disquiet, Mettig clears a field for himself as an artist-photographer in a world overflowing with images.

The Bonn space was literally plastered with 2,568 black and white photographs arranged in a monumental mural from floor to ceiling, interrupted only by structural elements of the oppressive room—an oppressiveness intensified by Mettig’s installation. Stills taken by the artist from German television between 1979 and 1981 formed a

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