Cologne

Korpys/Löffler

Galerie Otto Schweins

“We were ghosts from the present trying to see the past, floating over the countryside and through memorials specially designed to facilitate our visit.” This is how Andree Korpys described, in 2005, a research trip he undertook with his colleague Markus Löffler shortly after German reunification—a tour of several memorial sites in both East and West Germany that resulted in their series “Memorial Sites,” 1993. Korpys’s description of this early collaborative project also suggests some of the central themes the artists would later develop: an interest in memory processes, particularly in the representation of German history; the question of how the past determines our perception of the present, and vice versa; a fascination with situations and sites in which complex strands of history intersect and then branch off into legend.

One such site is Villa Feltrinelli on Lake Garda, built in the

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