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Kirsten Pieroth

Galerie Klosterfelde

Untitled (Loan) (all works 2007), the first work viewers encountered in Kirsten Pieroth’s third solo show at Klosterfelde, comprised a vitrine and seven unframed photographs. An ironic examination of the international exhibition industry and its protocols, the images documented the Berlin-based artist’s contribution to “Learn to Read,” a group show at Tate Modern last fall. Pieroth had borrowed the wall label for the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in order to show it in London as an unassisted readymade, using this self-reflexive gesture to reenact the paradigmatic shift from work to frame (to borrow Craig Owens’s phrase) established in Conceptual art in the late ’60s. Pieroth’s photographs, hung as two separate series, showed museum workers in Paris and London removing and installing the plaque as well as a shot of the canonical painting without its label, protected by bulletproof glass and

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