Berlin

Fritz Balthaus

Berlinische Galerie

How site-specific can you get? Fritz Balthaus tried to find out by constructing the biggest possible sculpture that could fit into the Berlinische Galerie. One might expect the result to be a massive cube with the dimensions of the municipal gallery’s largest exhibition hall. But it turns out that the white cube is not so cubic, at least if one takes into consideration, as Balthaus did, the path from the loading dock, via the service elevator, to the basement depot and then to the exhibition space. I Colli (German shippers’ argot for “package”), 2006, is a mobile, made-to-measure structure of plywood and mirrors, whose size and form were determined by those of a path that lies beyond the exhibition space yet firmly within the institution. An accompanying video that documents technicians moving the sculpture from its assigned place in the depot to the exhibition hall explains the work’s

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