kassel

Navid Nuur

Fridericianum

“You don’t walk in the exhibition but you become part of it,” Navid Nuur declared in an interview in the newsletter Matter Materializing. This was also true of his show “The Value of Void” in Kassel, Nuur’s first show in Germany and his first large-scale exhibition. Born in Tehran in 1976, he studied art in the Netherlands and today lives in The Hague.

The show got started even before you reached the entrance to the museum. Between two columns of the Fridericianum’s Neoclassical portico hung a banner announcing the show, with an oval cut out of its center. The black cutout had been sent to the artist at his studio. What he did with it there could be seen in the entryway as well: A photograph showed the black oval hanging on the studio wall, with the artist walking “through” it, right leg and hand first, as if it were a hole. Another photo showed him standing in front of it, his right leg

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