{Germany} Five Minutes of Pure Sculpture

August 9, 2012

Germany

Yesterday after work, one of my colleagues and I spontaneously decided to go and see Anthony McCall’s ‘Five Minutes of Pure Sculpture’ at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, a contemporary art museum housed in a former railway station. McCall became known in the early 1970s for his unique light installations, and the Hamburger Bahnhof is showing the largest exhibition of his work to date.

The historic central hall of the museum has been transformed into a black box, filled only with cones of light and a light haze, which together create intangible sculptures. The exhibition includes both horizontal and vertical projections, which cast animated lines onto either the walls or the floor.

There were quite a lot of visitors who had made themselves comfortable on the floor at the bottom of the vertical cones, so we followed their example and lay on our backs looking up at the slow moving light beams and their interactions with the haze. It really did look like there was something there you could touch, but when you reached out there was nothing.

You could also walk in, around and through the sculptures and let yourself be engulfed by the cones of light. Like us, there were lots of other people having fun with silhouettes.

 

This horror movie inspired shot of a creepy hand reaching through the mist is my favourite one. We also experimented with disembodied heads^^

 

At 8 Euro per head (4 Euro concession) the exhibition doesn’t come cheap, but you can stay as long as you like and you can also buy a combi-ticket (14 Euro/ 7 Euro) to see the permanent exhibitions as well. And how often do you get the chance to be an active part of art? Five Minutes of Pure Sculpture is only showing until Sunday 12 August, but that still leaves you with a couple of days to check it out if you happen to be in Berlin. The museum is open from 10am until 6pm Tuesdays to Fridays, 11am until 8pm on Saturdays, and 11am until 6pm on Sundays (closed on Mondays). Oh, and despite the exhibition’s name we stayed for over half an hour.

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(Please note that although I work for the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, which the Hamburger Bahnhof is part of, I visited this exhibition in my own time and all views and opinions presented here are entirely my own.)

 

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