Marc Camille Chaimowicz “One to One …” at Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover
Since the 1970s, Marc Camille Chaimowicz has explored the space between decoration, life, and art in his work. He develops interiors and spatial arrangements as well as various furnishings and decorative objects, such as paintings, vases, curtains, furniture, and wallpaper. In his art, Chaimowicz blurs the boundaries between private and public space. His formal language—in painting, interiors, and arrangements—is based on the painting of the Intimists in the late nineteenth century, including artists such as Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard. At the same time, it shows a fondness for modernist design, as exemplified by Dieter Rahms or Charles and Ray Eames. He has created the new installation One to One … (2017) for the Kestner Gesellschaft, a full- scale reproduction of his new apartment in Vauxhall, London. As such, the exhibition One to One ... will become a surrogate and stage for the design of this real-life living space.
Chaimowicz’s apartment is alluded to in this large-scale installation with sage-green floorboards and patterned curtains. There are also walls painted in a dusty pink which recall a stage backdrop. In the rooms, furniture has the appearance of sculptures. On a cork wall, the construction of the London apartment and the exhibition at the Kestner Gesellschaft is documented. The living room extends over the open frame of the floorboards into the room at the Kestner Gesellschaft, where additional drawings and plans for his works are displayed.
Marc Camille Chaimowicz is presenting the work The Props and Wardrobe Room (2011/2017) in the second exhibition space on the upper floor, which references Jean Genet’s play The Maids (1947), as well as a series of stage curtains that he designed, Rideaux de Scène, Théâtre Jean-Vilar, Bourgoin- Jallieu (1991–1992). The Props and Wardrobe Room, a freestanding room with two small windows, offers visitors insights into the material construction of the characters in the play. The piece is a chamber drama about power relations and human abysses in which fiction and reality, role and identity are blurred. The central themes of the play, such as playing with roles and identity, or the transition between the stage and an intimate space, are reflected in Chaimowicz’s oeuvre.
at Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover
until 7 January 2018