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26.05.19

Flos and Michael Anastassiades create a special String Light installation for Goshka Macuga’s ‘Stairway to Nowhere’ exhibition

On stage at the Kestner Gesellschaft in Hannover, the exhibition focuses on the Bauhaus, on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.
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Photo Raimund Zakowski, courtesy Kestner Gesellschaft
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Photo Raimund Zakowski, courtesy Kestner Gesellschaft
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Photo Raimund Zakowski, courtesy Kestner Gesellschaft
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Photo Raimund Zakowski, courtesy Kestner Gesellschaft
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Photo Raimund Zakowski, courtesy Kestner Gesellschaft
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Michael Anastassiades, Arrangements Installation. Photo Raimund Zakowski, courtesy Kestner Gesellschaft
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Photo Raimund Zakowski, courtesy Kestner Gesellschaft
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Photo Raimund Zakowski, courtesy Kestner Gesellschaft
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Goshka Macuga, Kabinett der Abstrakten (after El Lissitzky). Photo Raimund Zakowski, courtesy Kestner Gesellschaft

Flos is proud to collaborate with Michael Anastassaides and Polish-British artist Goshka Macuga for the spectacular installation of String Lights which is featured in Macuga’s solo exhibition ‘Stairway to Nowhere’. On stage at leading art association Kestner Gesellschaft in Hannover, this exhibition focuses on the Bauhaus, the influential school of art, architecture, and design, on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.

Installations, sculptures, textiles, and collages by Goshka Macuga are on view throughout the building. The artist has also collaborated with lighting designer Michael Anastassiades to create new works specifically for this exhibition. Anastassiades’ designs often emphasize the interaction and dialogue between light design and its spatial and social surrounding. In accordance with this idea, he has developed a light installation that derives from Oskar Schlemmer’s “Figur und Raumlineatur” (1924). In this drawing, Schlemmer analysed the dualism between the two-dimensional canvas and a three-dimensional theatre space and the possibilities of moving within this space. The light installation is based on String Light, a design developed for Flos in 2014, which is extended to encompass the entire exhibition hall. The focal point of this piece, which gives the impression of a pencil line drawn through the space, are the three chairs of directors of the Bauhaus -Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Michael has also worked at another lighting installation featuring Arrangements, a design developed for Flos in 2018, here configurated as a huge glowing curtain. Through the figure of Anastassiades, whose works represent the interface between design and art, Macuga pursues the principles of collaboration and interdisciplinarity, which not only play a major role in their practice, but were also constitutive for the historic Bauhaus.

While today the Bauhaus is often perceived as a coherent entity, as a brand of clear design, Macuga seeks to artistically demonstrate the changing ideological positioning and political instrumentalization of the Bauhaus from a historical and present-day perspective.

Goshka Macuga was born in 1967 in Warsaw, Poland. She lives and works in London, where she graduated from the Central Saint Martins School of Art and Goldsmiths College. She was nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize in 2008. Her works are exhibited in numerous institutions in Germany and internationally, including the Neues Museum in Nuremberg (2018), Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin (2018), Witte de With in Rotterdam (2017), Fondazione Prada in Milan (2016), the New Museum in New York (2016), Schinkel Pavillon in Berlin (2016), Documenta 13 (2012), and the Venice Biennale (2009).

Goshka Macuga | Stairway to Nowhere
Curators: Lea Altner and Christina Végh
24th May – 4th August 2019
Kestner-Gesellschaft
Hannover, Germany