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Andreas Slominski: Das Ü des Türhüters
Andreas Slominski: Das Ü des Türhüters

Andreas Slominski: Das Ü des Türhüters

Kat. Deichtorhallen Hamburg


208 Pages, 8.86 x 12.8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $49.95 (US $49.95) (CA $67.95)

Publication Date: July 2016

ISBN 9783864421815

Rights: US & CA

Snoeck Publishing Company (Jul 2016)

Price: $49.95


So, now we have portable toiletsWorks by Andreas Slominski (* 1959 in Meppen), considered »a true debaucher« by art magazine Monopol, have formed part of the collections of numerous contemporary art museums since the early 1990s. For quite some time now, his bicycles laden with the belongings of homeless people have been leaning against the walls of sweeping museum halls; various kinds of live animal traps, from small ones for mice to big ones for wild boar, instilled a sense of awe in museum visitors. In 1996, for Skulptur.Projekte Münster, Andreas Slominski placed a bicycle inner tube around the mast of an ordinary street lamp: »However, he didn't take the easy way out, by imitating the usual children's game of throwing the tire over the top of the pole. Instead, he had construction workers lift the streetlight out of the cement; he then placed the tire around the pole from underneath, and then had the construction workers replace the lamp back in the pavement.« This form of »complicated actions« has long determined his artistic practice, where practical use is completely disproportionate to the effort expended. Accordingly, the website of Skulptur.Projekte states that the »real payoff is the astonishment and amusement over the mischievous intricacy of the actions.« From 1983–1986, Andreas Slominski studied at the Art HFBK in Hamburg and became in 2004, after a professorship in Karlsruhe, Franz Erhard Walther's successor. Specifically for the Deichtorhallen, he has developed a large-scale installation with portable toilets—»human being in the voting booth« (Andreas Slominski), reflecting the ever-restructuring character of our cities. The artist will present about 100 of these mobile plastic toilets in the exhibition DAS Ü DES TÜRHÜTERS (The O of the Doorkeeper), and in a peculiar inversion, parts of these cubicles will be displayed as pictorial objects on the wall. The interior elements of these mobile toilets—urinal, toilet seat, toilet roll holder or vent pipe—will also be arranged like colorful paintings on the walls and in the space. Andreas Slominski has been invited for solo exhibitions by many prestigious institutions around the world, including the Kunsthaus Zurich, the Fondazione Prada, Milan, the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, and the Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht. In 1997, he participated in the Venice Biennale, and from May this year, the charm of his objects of Mephistophelian worldview will be revealed at Deichtorhallen Hamburg.Exhibition: Deichtorhallen Hamburg, 14/5–21/8/2016

Author Biography

Andreas Slominski, born 1959, lives near Berlin in Werder. He is famous for his work irritating expectations in sculptoral works. Martha Schwendener wrote 2018 in The New York Times, that: Potty humour and sculpture are alive and thriving in the art world. Andreas Slominski is professor since 2004 at the art academy in Hamburg, in his career he received 2013 the renonwned Lichtwark Prize. His works had been shown 1997 at Venice Biennale, 1993, 2006 and 2010 he had solo exhibitions at MMMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt/Main, 1998 Kunsthalle Zurich, 2003 Fondazione Prada Milan, 2014 Kunsthalle Bremen, 2016 Deichtorhallen Hamburg, and 2017 Museum Jorn Silkeborg.Dirk Luckow (*1958) has been the General Director of the Deichtorhallen Hamburg since 2009. He graduated 1996 with a dissertation on Joseph Beuys and the American Anti-Form-Art. Luckow has since worked at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and the Württembergische Kunstverein in Stuttgart. He also worked as project manager for visual arts at the Siemens Arts Program in Munich, before he became Director of the Kunsthalle zu Kiel from 2002 to 2009. From 2007 to 2009 he was a member of the Artistic Advisory Board of the Temporäre Kunsthalle in Berlin. In 2016, Luckow received an honorary professorship at Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg.