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Simon Starling Nachbau

Museum Folkwang, Essen

written by Bruno Haas, Simon Starling

Steidl | ISBN 9783865214706

Hardback – 160 pages


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In this artist's book, Starling's starting point and subject matter is Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany, one of the first museums of modern art founded at the beginning of the twentieth century. Its prestigious art collection is fraught with history: well over 1000 works from its collection (by artists such as Matisse, Cezanne, Nolde and de Chirico) were declared degenerate and confiscated during the Nazi iconoclast in 1937. The museum was destroyed in 1944-45 and rebuilt after the war. Using four photographs of the museum taken between 1929 and 1933 (by Albert Renger-Patzsch, a key photographer of the Neue Sachlichkeit), Starling replicates and reconstructs historical perspectives in a detailed, filmset-like installation.

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