PVCDesign

Gerwald Rockenschaub: Kunsthalle Nürnberg

The exhibition was a straight description of the available space, which German artist Gerwald Rockenschaub chose to divide into a white cube and a black box. One conspicuous aspect of the exhibition design was the extent to which it guided the viewer, enforcing a carefully choreographed route that involved numerous dead ends. This mise-en-sc'ne, generated a constant stream of fresh spatial effects. The corridor connecting the two exhibition spaces was blocked off by a wall with a square opening at about eye level. The view through this "window" from the black-painted room into the white cube was particularly spectacular: almost all of the objects were transparent, a crystal palace made from transparent PVC. Dividing rooms is one of Rockenschaub's pet strategies. Here, the central gallery was divided by transparent PVC curtains that formed corridors leading to the objects on view beyond. This is not the first time the artist has used this veiling "shower curtain" effect: in his exhibition at the Bawag Foundation, in 2005, the visitors" path was completelyblocked by a huge translucent cube. A softer version made with translucent PVC, stood in the MUMOK show, together with a wall made of hard, shiny cubes and a ladder on a broad podium.