Lübeck, Germany

Michael Hakimi


The exhibition pavilion of the Overbeck-Gesellschaft is right in the heart of Lübeck but nonetheless has an air of peaceful isolation about it. You access it indirectly, via the classical Behnhaus, an elegant residence that has been converted into a museum. From there a wide hallway leads past paintings by the likes of Johann Friedrich Overbeck and Caspar David Friedrich to a small park dotted with sculptures containing an unadorned pavilion dating from 1930. So the visitor’s approach to Michael Hakimi’s show was necessarily circuitous, involving several stages and epochs and aesthetic presentations. The idyllic but artificial setting emphasized the distinctively hermetic side of Hakimi’s work: To approach it in this setting meant crossing over into a new formal context, catching glimpses of familiar things in an altered light. Hakimi’s sculpture itself achieves a comparable transformation,

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