Düsseldorf’s smallest art exhibition
Kö-Bogen Kö-Bogen supports academy graduates
“The store in the passage between Breuninger and Porsche Design is one of the busiest promenades in the heart of Düsseldorf. Implementing an art exhibition in the midst of this glittering world of fashion and business with its enticing displays is a challenge, because the visual stimuli of the goods and consumer offerings are overwhelming,” says board member and curator Dr. Astrid Legge of 701 e.V., who helped bringing Paul Schwaderer to the Kö-Bogen.
With Paul Schwaderer, the 701 e.V. association is realizing its new ‘PopUp Gallery’ format for the second time. After a first impact in 2019 in the Renzo Piano designed office building FLOAT in the Media Harbour, the association has been showing at the Kö-Bogen a recent graduate of the Art Academy, who graduated last summer in the class of Martin Gostner. As in 2019, Düsseldorfers will also get an “art treat to go” this time, because corona-related, the exhibition is designed as a pure ‘window show’ and can only be viewed from the outside. 701 e.V. is a non-profit initiative of Düsseldorf personalities from the fields of art and culture, business and politics. It sees itself as a link between business and art and pursues the goal of establishing creative networks and thus sustainably strengthening and promoting the city’s creative image.
Everything revolves around “Extended Break
Prominently positioned in the shop window and yet inconspicuous, the work ‘an extended pause’ can be seen, a rotating glass tube filled with a white powder on a black cuboid. The slow rotation causes the rock powder to pile up until the material can no longer defy gravity. It breaks down, creating crevasses and fractures reminiscent of natural processes such as glacial movement or geological rock reshaping. And although the reel rotates exceedingly slowly, it shows, as if in fast-forward, a process that in reality spans centuries. Fast-forward and slow-motion are very close together here.