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Bettina Pousttchi, Framework (detail), 2012, ink-jet prints on adhesive vinyl. Installation view.

Bettina Pousttchi

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt

Bettina Pousttchi, Framework (detail), 2012, ink-jet prints on adhesive vinyl. Installation view.

First of all, it is probably worth getting one’s prepositions right. Bettina Pousttchi showed her new work at the Schirn Kunsthalle, but not so much in it; more precisely, her exhibition took place primarily on it: With her new installation, Framework, 2012, she gave the Schirn a new facade. In doing so, she was following up on a work from 2009, Echo, which was installed on the exterior of the Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin for six months. That piece was inspired by the exterior of the recently demolished Palast der Republik, which had been the seat of the East German parliament as well as a cultural and leisure center. With the disappearance of the state of which it had once been a focal point, this remarkable modernist behemoth became a victim of the will to cover the traces of a rejected past; the plan is to use the site for a reconstruction of the building the Palast succeeded,

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