Artist: Karl Holmqvist
Venue: Fridericianum, Kassel
Exhibition Title: Existential Staircase / Existenzielles Treppenhaus
Date: June 2020 –
Note: A text associated to the show by Kirsty Bell is available here.
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of the Fridericianum, Kassel. Photos by Andrea Rossetti and Nicolas Wefers.
Karl Holmqvist, born in Västerås, Sweden, in 1964, realized the site-specific artwork Existential Staircase / Existenzielles Treppenhaus processual in the building’s stairway. The work reflects life’s elemental questions, circulating with increased intensity in the wake of the current pandemic, as well as the general points of discussion associated with visiting an exhibition venue. In addition, Holmqvist’s intervention foregrounds a space perceived as rather en passant, in the truest sense of the word, and opens it up to art. Independent of this potential for transformation, the work demonstrates all the key characteristics of Holmqvist’s artistic practice. Thus, the work’s palpable examination of poetry, Dadaism, and Relational Art reveals, despite all its seriousness, a subtle sense of humor and a distinct empathy with social and local conditions. Karl Holmqvist lives and works in Berlin.