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Markus Raetz

Centre Pasquart

What exists—something? Or, more likely, nothing? Markus Raetz spatially unravels this ancient philosophical question literally, in sculptural alphabet letters, thereby raising the question of the standpoint from which they are observed: Depending on the viewpoint chosen, the Dutch word “iets” (something) or “niets” (nothing) may be read in the blocky architecture of a window lintel. The anamorphic object Dutch Window, 1996-98, was installed at eye level in front of one of the large windows so that the opposing concept is also always visible as a reflected image. In a single sculptural form, then, a fundamental opposition of occidental thought could be grasped—assuming, of course, that one took the opportunity to move about the space. The playful ease with which one’s interpretation may be changed by a small step to the side evokes Adorno’s statement that philosophy is that which

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