Hannover

Douglas Gordon

Kunstverein Hannover

The seven installations filling the seven spaces at the Kunstverein Hannover all look elegant and up-to-date in a tasteful, unpretentious way. At first glance, in fact, that’s the only thing they seem to have in common. The works were all executed differently (sometimes there’s a film, sometimes an object, sometimes a photo series, sometimes wall text), and the thematics seem no less diverse. It wouldn’t come as a surprise if the “exhibition” turned out in fact to be a group show. But of course the visitor knows from the start that this is a show featuring work by a single artist, Douglas Gordon, and immediately begins to try to figure out what unifies it all, a search that by now can seem a bit naive, or at least dated. When it comes to Gordon, though, the search is once again germane; in fact, it soon becomes clear that, for all the heterogeneity, the artist’s pursuit of a single theme

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