Berlin

Humbert Kiecol

Sammlung Boros

The Hamburg artist Hubert Kiecol has become well known within the German art scene in recent years for his miniature concrete architectural units—houses and stairways. Reducing the sculptural statement to a minimum, they represented a countertendency to the hypertrophic forms in so many contemporary paintings and environmental installations. At the same time, through architecture’s repertory of familiar forms, the works established a connection with the public sphere. But this very connection was also a weakness, for the basic architectural forms, which were given their own autonomous value, took on the character of models. Thus all of this work had something of an anecdotal quality, verging on the trivial and precious, despite Kiecol’s deliberate efforts to counteract such a tendency by the way he installed the objects in grand isolation within the exhibition space.

In his new works shown

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