From June 12 to August 31, Esther Schipper will be showing new works by Liam Gillick.
The exhibition combines three key components of the artist´s work: The beginning of a new research
process; the re-presentation of an event and new physical structure.
A large paper banner lists the historical events of the European revolutionary year of 1848. It is the
announcement of the beginning of a new stage of the artistʼs research. An introductory film titled 1848!!! is
the result of a working collaboration between Liam Gillick, Clementine Coupau and Uri Aran.
1848!!! was filmed at a bar in New York in April 2010 at the invitation of curator Ajay Kurian. During the
filming process Gillick and Coupau discussed the key events of 1848 for Gillickʼs film while Aran created a
second film of this exchange. In Gillickʼs film - set to a score that is a complete restructuring of Steve Reichʼs
Music for 18 Musicians - we see Coupau reciting the events to Gillick – while in Aranʼs film we finally hear
some of this exchange.
Alongside 1848!!! is a new set of works titled Bar “Volvo.” A series of inkjet prints carry reworked medieval
woodcuts and fragments of dialogue. The German texts are drawn from the first act of the artists play A
“Volvo” Bar. Liam Gillick originally developed this work in eight acts for the Munich Kunstverein, the third
venue of his retrospective exhibition “Three Perspectives and a Short Scenario.” Most recently, the play was
performed in the context of Gillickʼs monographic exhibition in Bonn, entitled “Ein langer Spaziergang…Zwei
kurze Stege (One Long Walk…Two Short Piers)”.
Anchoring the exhibition is a new aluminium and Plexiglas structure that continues the artist´s interest in the
legacy of applied modernism.
A small publication will accompany the exhibition.
Liam Gillick studied at Goldsmiths College in London. He lives and works in London and New York. Among
the key solo exhibitions of recent years is “Three Perspectives and a Short Scenario,” shown in 2008 at Witte
de With in Rotterdam, the Kunsthalle Zürich, and the Kunstverein in Munich, as well as at the Museum of
Contemporary Art Chicago in 2009. On view until August 8, 2010 is Liam Gillickʼs monographic exhibition
“Ein langer Spaziergang…Zwei kurze Stege” (One Long Walk…Two Short Piers) at the Kunst- und
Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of
Germany) in Bonn. Liam Gillick represented Germany at the 53rd Venice Biennale.