Installation of the Exhibition

Berlin Construction

Exhibition from Nov 11 – Dec 04, 1998
Parsons School of Design Main Gallery, 66 Fifth Avenue and 13th. Street, New York City, USA

Exhibition from March 04 – May 30, 1999
Goethe-Institute Washington, 814 Seventh Street, NW Washington, DC 20001, USA

As part of the project ‘berlin@goethe.ny’, the Goethe-Institut New York presents – in collaboration with the Parsons School of Design and next to an installation entitled Art in the Box – an exhibition showing works by the Berlin artist and art historian Eva Koethen. At the centre of the exhibition feature photographic floor installations, which can be walked on and which show the newly emerging Berlin from a different perspective. Further, the exhibition presents paintings by Eva Koethen integrating fragments of the Berlin Wall.

By way of her photographs, taken on walks through Berlin in 1997/1998, Eva Koethen has recreated the large-scale construction sites of the city. The pictures, placed on the floor, provide a unique perspective on the manifold changes Berlin has experienced over the last couple of years. Audio guides with reflections by the Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom, as originally published in the German weekly Die Zeit on 8 December 1997, offer the viewer further insights on Berlin and its construction sites. In parallel, a series of paintings integrating fragments of the Berlin Wall (1989/1990) evoke the Berlin of the Cold War. (Goethe-Institute Washington)