Kapwani Kiwanga, Plot, 2020. Installation Views. Ph. Jens Weber

Kapwani Kiwanga


Haus der Kunst, Münich


The seventh edition of the series Der Öffentlichkeit – Von den Freunden Haus der Kunst is dedicated to the Franco-Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga.

Kapwani Kiwanga created the site-specific installation ‘Plot’ for the museum’s Middle Hall, as well as the area surrounding Haus der Kunst in Munich. The project is conceived as an ever-changing series of artistic interventions and events in three “acts”, staged across the entire run of the installation. In the first act which opened on 9 October, the museum’s famous  Middle Hall is re-imagined via a series of large semi-transparent curtains, whose gradients of greens and pastels both evoke the neighbouring English Garden, as well as blur the boundaries between the museum’s interior and exterior spaces. This part of the project is done with the support of Kvadrat.

This complex environment is further complemented by a series of inflatable sculptures housing both objects and plants, hinting at biological-architectural hybrids, whilst simultaneously referencing historic Victorian-era botanical technologies. The two further acts in December and March will include a festive parade with banners and illuminated lanterns to be installed on the museum’s exterior. By dividing the project into three acts, Kiwanga’s ‘Plot’ shifts between artwork and event and questions the idea of a complete work of art.

This project is part of our ongoing work consulting Kvadrat on their collaborations with artists and art institutions internationally.

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