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Stefan Altenburger

Galerie Peter Kilchmann

During the 1996 Gramercy Art Fair, Stefan Altenburger shoved the furniture in Peter Kilchmann’s space to one side, then dismantled each piece and reconstructed it while an Arnold Schwarzenegger fitness video flickered on a television screen. Moving around the room, Altenburger grabbed various objects, hoisting a large mattress—among other things—carrying it around and then putting it down again. His performance yielded constellations of objects, “installations” formed only to dissolve into situations suggesting a move from a house or a construction site. The video that was produced was then projected against the backs of mattresses leaning against the wall.

In Altenburger’s recent show, stills from this video were displayed on the walls, and two longish wooden boxes, with a peephole on the front of each, stood in the middle of the space. By kneeling and looking through the holes, one assumed

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