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Kimsooja at Patio Gallery, Kanaal

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Kimsooja at Patio Gallery, Kanaal

To Breathe - Archive of Prototype

From March 16 until August 31, 2024

With the exhibition To Breathe - Archive of Prototype, Kimsooja revisits two central interventions from her oeuvre: her stained-glass window in Metz Cathedral, and her 14m steel sculpture in the form of a needle, realised for Cornell University and on display today in YSP. In their own way, both installations engage with air and light, with our perspective on the universe, with our memory, and with traditional and scientific industries such as glass-blowing and nanotechnology.

The central space of the Patio Gallery is filled with the glow of the colour spectrum of 15 stained-glass windows. Kimsooja created these works following her intervention in the south transept of Metz Cathedral, 2022, in collaboration with glassblower Pierre Parot. Like a dimensional painting created by nature, without brush and paint, this intervention builds on central notions in Kimsooja's oeuvre: performance through 'non-doing', a statement through 'non-invention', thus exploring concepts such as materiality and immateriality, mobility and immobility. The visitor is invited to get in the middle of the reflections and diffuse transparencies, becoming a participant rather than a spectator: an abstract light landscape unfolds with every walk through the installation.

This exhibition is the fifth in collaboration with Axel Vervoordt Gallery, and celebrates Kimsooja's solo exhibitions at De Lakenhal and Bourse de Commerce, and her installation at the exhibition Jef Verheyen - Window on Infinity, KMSKA.

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