leverkusen-germany

Albrecht Schäfer

Museum Morsbroich

This show, “Ein Tag” (A Day), began just to the left of the entrance door, at a height of five foot three inches, the standard eye level for hanging exhibitions. From this point, Albrecht Schäfer hung clippings from the German newspaper Die Welt from February 12, 2010, in a single line—more than three hundred yards of them, containing sixteen pages of news. This line ran through all the exhibition rooms in this Baroque castle, providing a framework for the rest of the show. Anyone with patience would theoretically have been able to read the entire newspaper just by walking along the walls.

Like a spiderweb, information—words, sentences, images, and tables—crisscrosses our environment, filling every last nook and cranny. No wonder Albrecht transposed this principle, filling one room with a spider made of roofing battens (Spinne [Spider], 2010). The enormous arachnid blocked off parts of the

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