Via Lewandowsky

Arndt & Partner

Berlin's Mitte has lost much of its attraction for the art market. Too much tourism, too many public events, and too little profit have prompted a whole string of galleries to relocate, the latest of these being Arndt & Partner. However, the gallery's reopening exhibition of Via Lewandowsky intentionally missed the mark on reorganization: “Schiefer laufen” (“Going worse”; all works 2001) was a critical and ironic commentary on the increasing professionalization of art in Berlin.

Because the 3,700-square-foot expanse of the gallery's new rooms reminded him of a Kunstverein, Lewandowsky created an installation of museumlike proportions. In the center room he incorporated a sloping floor, swathing it in electric-blue PVC; on this floor, a red sofa seemed to float on one leg in front of a small-scale painting. The fragile construction and the harsh color scheme made it practically impossible

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