Führung #1 durch «El Anatsui. Triumphant Scale» im Kunstmuseum Bern – Man’s Cloth

Führung #1 durch «El Anatsui. Triumphant Scale» im Kunstmuseum Bern – Man’s Cloth


Last week we opened the exhibition El Anatsui. Triumphant Scale literally a triumphant event, and the public interest was enormous. Even though we’re in lockdown right now, we would still like to introduce you to this beautiful exhibition. Let’s begin with the one work that started it all. The international attention that the Ghanaian artist has been receiving as from 2007 is strongly linked to this kind of works. Stitched together from bottle caps of liquor bottles, and their aluminum parts they develop into huge reliefs on the wall. Behind me you can see the first one of these works, «Man’s cloth», from 2001 Indeed, the work displays cloth-like properties making it impossible to tell what material it is actually made from on first sight. It bulges into soft folds and hangs on the wall like a splendid fabric which is exactly the impression the artist intended for it to make. El Anatsui’s art is made of paradoxes – a fact I’d like to elaborate further: On the one hand, the artist works with metal, a stiff, rigid and usually heavy material, especially in sculpting. On the other hand, that same material falls softly and presents itself like a light fabric.

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