In her installations that echo the formal language of constructivist avant-garde, minimal and conceptual tendencies of the 1960s and the 1970s as well as a heritage of modernist architecture, Monika Sosnowska constructs a physical and conceptual labyrinth, a post-narrative, inner world of spatiality, staged in a sequence of interventions that emphasize space’s virtualities and potentials.

Steps, a white corridor, around the corner on the right another, longer corridor, another right turn, another corridor, even longer, also white. A situation like in a dream, with no spatial or temporal coordinates, no pointers to the place, no windows or doors, no end to the corridors – Loop is continuous. Monika Sosnowska created the work for the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein. The Polish artist (b. 1972) first examined and analysed both the inside and outside of the museum together with Christian Kerez, one of the building's architects, and then designed the installation, which takes up the whole of the upper floor. The museum building, by architects Morger, Degelo and Kerez, uses the formal idiom of Classical Modernism while at the same time providing an unusual sequence of rooms. Sosnowska takes up these aspects of the building, reinterprets and drastically exaggerates them. She transforms the neutral rooms into corridors with no reference to their function, goal or location. She adapts the geometrically clear and restrained formal vocabulary to an expressionistic ground plan with acute angles and sharp corners. Movement around the building is determined by an endless circle – a loop. Sosnowska creates a provocatively new spatial reality. She construes a physically real situation. The visitors are given nothing familiar to latch onto and as a result focus on their sense perception. Movement in three-dimensional space becomes movement in spiritual, emotional spaces. Sosnowska's Loop renders visitors sensitive to the conscious experience of their surroundings and thereby to their own feeling for space.

The exhibition was curated for the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein by Adam Budak, curator of the Kunsthaus Graz.

More pictures to this exhibition

  • Monika Sosnowska
    Exhibition view Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zürich © Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
  • Monika Sosnowska
    Exhibition view Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zürich © Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
  • Monika Sosnowska
    Exhibition view Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zürich © Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
  • Monika Sosnowska
    Exhibition view Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zürich © Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
  • Opening
  • Thu, 15.2.2007
    18.00
  • Guided tours
  • Thu, 1.3.2007
    18.00
  • Sun, 1.4.2007
    18.00
  • Thu, 3.5.2007
    18.00
  • Thu 15.2.

    Opening

    Monika Sosnowska. Loop
  • Thu 1.3.

    Guided tour

    Monika Sosnowska. Loop
    with Christiane Meyer-Stoll
  • Thu 8.3.

    Discussion

    Monika Sosnowska's Installation in Vaduz
    with Christian Kerez, architect and assistant professor for architecture at the ETH Zurich
  • Thu 15.3.

    Lecture

    Den architektonischen Raum erfahren
    von Konrad Wiesendanger, Architekt, Feldenkrais Lehrer, Coach, Luzern
  • Sun 18.3.

    Families

    Family Sunday
    Monika Sosnowska. Loop
    with Tonia Weibel
  • Thu 22.3.

    Film

    Letztes Jahr in Marienbad
    1961 (94 min,), direccted by Alain Resnais; with Delphine Seyrig, Sacha Pitoeff, Giorgio Albertazzi
  • Thu 29.3.

    Lecture

    Rooms, Cinema, Feelings: Monika Sosnowska's Work
    with Jan Verwoert, Contributing Editor of Frieze, free lance writer for Afterall, Metropolis M and Piktogramm, professor at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam
  • Sun 1.4.

    Guided tour

    Monika Sosnowska. Loop
    with Friedemann Malsch
  • Thu 26.4.

    Discussion

    Loop
    Diskussion with Monika Sosnowska and Adam Budak, curator at the Kuntshaus Graz and curator of the exhibition
  • Thu 3.5.

    Guided tour

    Monika Sosnowska. Loop
    with Kristin Schmidt
  • Sun 6.5.

    Families

    Family Sunday
    Monika Sosnowska. Loop
    with Tonia Weibel