Robert Kusmirowski

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

Known for his meticulous re-creations of places and spaces of the past, such as D.O.M., 2004, a reconstruction of a late-eighteenth/early-nineteenth-century Polish graveyard that he showed at Galerie Johnen in Berlin, Robert Kusmirowski here pushed his artful play with simulation and nostalgia to another level with a three-part scenario of fictionalized history, whose dense atmosphere is reminiscent of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker (1979). In the first zone, still clearly recognizable as the museum entry with front desk, stood an old power mast and several displays of diagrams and technical drawings of strange apparatuses that seemed to allude to postwar or cold war visions of the future (such as a Soviet plan to prepare for possible extraterrestrial encounters).

The second zone was entered through two separate portals, neatly labeled “Frauen” and “Männer,” beyond which lay a sterile, all-white

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