Vienna

Guillaume Bijl

Secession: Galerie Hubert Winter

There are few exhibitions that can be described as easily as “Der Mensch überwindet Distanzen”(Man overcomes distances). Everyone can imagine a historical exhibition on the subject of transportation and by extension, communication. Structured into individual sections such as paths and streets, shipping, railroads, bicycles, automobiles, air travel, and telecommunication, this subject was treated here with historical objects, accompanying texts, and video documentation. Guillaume Bijl, “curator” of this exhibition, was concerned with all the production details, from the elegant gold letters on a dark-red background in the entrance hall to the subdued atmosphere and spotlights, the proper gray curtains that covered the room, the plush carpeting that muffled sounds, and even the plants that gave the space a lived-in feeling.

This perfectionism is perhaps the only element that differentiates

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