Kapwani Kiwanga. Plot, Process of the Exhibition Building, Haus der Kunst, 2020, Photo: Maximilian Geuter
Behind the Scenes

Pictorial aesthetics in the production of “Plot”

Written by Haus der Kunst,

Over a period of several weeks, the transparent curtains for the installation “Plot” were painted in the museum’s West Wing in order to create the unusual color gradients. In a picture gallery, we provide insight into this elaborate production process and the exhibition building with the artist Kapwani Kiwanga.

Kapwani Kiwanga. Plot, Process of the Exhibition Building, Haus der Kunst, 2020, Photo: Maximilian Geuter
Kapwani Kiwanga. Plot, Process of the Exhibition Building, Haus der Kunst, 2020, Photo: Maximilian Geuter
Kapwani Kiwanga. Plot, Process of the Exhibition Building, Haus der Kunst, 2020, Photo: Maximilian Geuter
Kapwani Kiwanga. Plot, Process of the Exhibition Building, Haus der Kunst, 2020, Photo: Maximilian Geuter

For the seventh edition of Der Öffentlichkeit — Von den Freunden Haus der Kunst, Kapwani Kiwanga will create the site-specific installation „Plot“ for the museum’s Middle Hall, as well as the area directly surrounding Haus der Kunst. „Plot“ comprises series of artistic interventions, staged across three acts. For the first act, which opens on 9 October, three semi-transparent hanging fabric panels will be suspended from the high ceiling of the Middle Hall, altering the perception of the space’s volume and encouraging visitors to discover new circulation paths. With their colour gradients in green and pastel tones, these hanging elements evoke the idyllic quality of the nearby English Garden.

The first Act opens on 9 October. The two further acts in December and March comprise a festive parade, replete with banners and illuminated lanterns that will be subsequently installed on the museum’s exterior, as well as an additional discursive component. By dividing the commissioned work into three acts, Kiwanga breaks away from the idea of a completed or finished work of art and expands our understanding of public space. Conceived performatively, „Plot“ thus shifts freely between artwork and event.