frankfurt

Morgan Fisher

Portikus

The Portikus exhibition hall, newly built in 2006 on an island in the river Main and attached via a plank to Frankfurt’s historical Alte Brücke, or Old Bridge, doesn’t exactly look like a building designed for the display of contemporary art. With a small footprint, but rising high with a sharply pitched roof, it recalls the typology of the city’s medieval houses. Inside, soaring walls (nearly thirty feet tall), vertical windows, and a narrow balustrade underneath the coffered ceiling shape the appearance of the space. A balcony halfway up offers an overview and houses the institution’s reception desk. With its extreme dimensions, the building represents a challenge for any artist exhibiting there. Struck by the “uselessness” of the hall’s upper part, and with unusual (for him) technical effort, American artist and filmmaker Morgan Fisher decided to highlight its features by mirroring

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