Aachen, Germany

Andreas Fogarasi

Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst

In the 1880s, King Oscar II of Norway transplanted buildings from all the regions of the country; he had them dismantled and then rebuilt, stone by stone, on a plot of land just outside Oslo. This astonishing architectural “collection” forms the heart of the Norsk Folkemuseum, one of the world’s first open-air museums. With new buildings periodically being added, the collection bears witness to Norwegian folk culture from the Middle Ages to the present, contrasting the authenticity of genuine buildings with the fiction of their curated staging. In his own way, Andreas Fogarasi also amasses different kinds of architecture. Yet his collection lays no claim to authenticity. Rather, he is interested in the notion of staging itself, as realized via architecture and the institutions of the museum and of art.

With the two central works in his solo show at the Ludwig Forum, Fogarasi juxtaposed the

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