For the exhibition of the Dutch artist Henk Visch (born 1950) at the Kunsthalle Hannover in 1990 not only an exhibition catalogue was published, but also a small red wooden house. 1990 says it on the front gable wall, the mentioning of the year that often indicates the year in which a house was built, but in this case, it represents the year of the exhibition. Below appears the name of the institution "Kunstverein Hannover". A round window is set into the upper middle part, under which the name of the artist “Henk Visch” appears, above a painted double door, flanked by lions reclining on each side. On the back, at the same height as on the front, is a second round window. Peering through the front window, the view remains blurred. But if one looks through the rear window, the view opens into the galleries of the house and the installation of the artist's works of art. A small wheel at the bottom of the object takes the curious observer on a tour through the rooms, in an endless loop with no beginning and no end.

 

The exhibition catalogue provides further information to the object. The first illustration printed in the book shows the building of the Kunstverein Hannover. It is made of a reddish-yellow brickwork with round-arched arcades and a sandstone structure. The main entrance with its glass double doors can be reached via a ten stepped staircase which is also flanked by two lions made of stone.

 

In his exhibition in 1990, Visch arranged the 18 sculptures shown, consisting of 28 parts, in the form of a long, seemingly endless row. The beginning could also be the end. "Without a recognizable hierarchy among the sculptures and without a special dramatization of the object-space relationship, a uniformly flowing movement of the sculptures emerges, in which the viewer is included," wrote Eckhard Schneider (born 1943) in his accompanying text to the exhibition in the catalogue. This is mirrored with the installation views in the wooden object. It is up to the curious to decide in which direction they turn the wheel. Anyone who would like to spy through the rear window and see the works installed in the room by the artist, who also took part in documenta 9, is cordially invited to do so in our reading room.

 

Emily Denyer / Anja Ziegler