Written by John Mackey
The stark modernist design of German architect O.M. Unger’s Kunsthalle Museum in Hamburg is a powerful and imposing building in its own right, but in the hands of German conceptual artist, Daniel Rossa, and video projection experts, Urbanscreen, building becomes canvas, perceptions are stretched and permanence becomes nebulous in a fascinating display of sound, image and technology in the environmental art installation, 555 KUBIK.
If there was a World Cup for Conceptual Art, Germany would rule like Brazil does soccer. It’s always been das capitol unt Begriffskunst, because after all, the birth of Expressionism, Bauhaus and other modernist art movements are rooted in the freedoms and creativity of pre-World War II Germany - before the jack-boot of national-socialism crushed artistic freedom and sent German artists scurrying like ants. The flood of artistic freedom unleashed itself once the brown shirts were routed, resulting in an explosion of modern art and a passion for experimentation that continues to thrive in the German art scene to this day.
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