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An image of BASEMENT KELLER Haus u r by Gregor Schneider
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Alternate image of BASEMENT KELLER Haus u r by Gregor Schneider

Gregor Schneider

(Germany 05 Apr 1969 – )

Title
BASEMENT KELLER Haus u r
Other titles:
Basement cellar house
Year
1985-2012
Media category
Installation
Materials used
built rooms
Dimensions

11 x 4 m

Credit
John Kaldor Family Collection in collaboration with the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Accession number
L2012.34
Copyright
© Gregor Schneider. Courtesy of Gallery Konrad Fischer, Berlin
Location
Not on display
Further information

Dark eerie spaces, dimly lit rooms and narrow passages leading to dead ends make up this immersive installation, which contrasts starkly with the bright gallery around it.

The artwork is a partial reconstruction of 'Totes Haus U R (Dead house)', a residential apartment block in Rheydt, Germany, which Schneider has transformed in an ongoing artistic project. Since 1985, he has been compulsively reconfiguring this building into labyrinth-like, uncanny architectural environments. In 1996, he began to recreate rooms from the house in exhibition spaces around the world, including this work which is based on the cellar. No longer a home, it has become a place of confinement, mystery and dislocation.