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Gregor Schneider

Fondazione Morra Greco

The title of Gregor Schneider’s recent show, “26.11.2006”—the date of its first day—was not chosen by chance. This was Totensonntag (Sunday of the Dead), the last Sunday before Advent, and therefore the last of the church year, when German Protestants remember those who have recently passed away. The exhibition took place at the Palazzo dei Principi Caracciolo d’Avellino, the headquarters of the Fondazione Morra Greco, on the extremely narrow Via Anticaglia. Visitors entered through a small opening in the rear facade of the palazzo and walked down a cramped staircase to arrive at Schneider’s installation 26.11.2006 (all works 2006). So far, no problem: Lighting made the descent down a dozen or so steps easy, but visitors then turned and found themselves in a totally dark tunnel. Here, in the building’s basement, the artist had constructed an imitation of the centuries-old underground

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