The installation, made in collaboration with architect David Adjaye, was inspired by the tombs of the Egyptian Pharaohs and is an allusion to the Book of Proverbs, 9:1 – “Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars.” The work focuses on light and shadow, which the artists are most well-known for, although this has been described as their most ambitious project to date.
The visitor walks through a dark passageway turning a series of corners at the end of which… well, I don’t want to spoil the surprise for anyone who wants to experience it for themselves.
The gallery space is impressive; it is a spare concrete, steel and glass structure in a hof just off Potsdamer Strasse which used to house the printing presses of the Der Tagesspiegel.
The hof is also home to a cluster of about three or four other galleries including the also newly opened Maerz gallery, which specialises in works from the New Leipzig school and features work by Hans Aichinger, Tobias Köbsch and Ilkka Halso. At the moment, this gallery has quite a small collection (there was nothing, for example, by Aris Kalaizis when we went) so hopefully they’ll get some more stuff in soon.
Turning the Seventh Corner is on until 16 July 2011 at Blain|Southern Potsdamer Straße 77–87, 10785, Berlin