Franz Ackermann

Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (NAK)

Franz Ackermann’s site-specific installation Songline, 1998, is another milestone in the rigorous development of his work. In previous shows, Ackermann deployed street scenes and topographical maps as metaphors for movement, travel, and urban existence; here he constructed a space through which the viewer can move. He built freestanding plaster dividers inside the actual walls of the museum, so that one initially experienced the work as an architectural intervention, a hermetic space-within-a-space reminiscent of the living-cells created by the French artist Absalon.

Entering the installation was like stepping into one of Ackermann’s multilayered paintings: the dividers were either monochromatic or emblazoned with broad stripes, with the exception of one wall that was covered in the bright, fractal-like forms so characteristic of Ackermann’s canvases. The space also featured two deep oblong

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