KIT (Kunst im Tunnnel)

On the Wednesday, Georgiana and myself went to the current exhibit of KIT (Kunst im Tunnel) in Dusseldorf. For some reason, and I have no idea where this idea came from, I thought the KIT Tunnel would go underneath the Rhine for quite a stretch. But it was nothing of the sort. Yes, It’s a bit of tunnel. Yes, it’s not small. I don’t think it actually goes under the Rhine as it would not be deep enough, but I could be wrong.

We went in and the current exhibit turned out the be centered around the theme ‘Brasil’


There were  not may art pieces on display. The video work by Tatiana Blass – “Half of the speech on the Ground; Deaf Piano” was very impressive and more than a little bit sad. The video (roughly 10 minutes) features a pianist playing a piece by Chopin on a concert piano whilst two men in turn pour a mixture of molten wax and vaseline into the body of the piano. The sound slowly gets distorted, the pianist has a harder time playing, until, finally, the piano is silenced forever. Piano torture in true form, symbolizing the loss of voice, the inability to speak and words being cut off.

A sculpture of hers, cerco #4 was imbued with a sense of movement, whilst at the same time, the bronzed dead pheasant within a prison of sorts, was not going anywhere in a hurry. A nice contrast that stirs emotions of unease.

The drawings/ photographs by Mauricio Lanes – ‘Progresso” were beautifully executed. A simple yet elegant idea where the artist formed the word Progresso on the floor in graphite powder and left it up the audience to do with it as they pleased, all the while taking still images from the ceiling. These images where then transformed and arranged on the wall as the installation shows.

The other video work on display, also featured among our favorites and we watched the full loop twice. “Bronze Revirado”  by Pablo Lobato shows young lads ringing the local church (?) bell, swinging it round and round ever faster, making their movements of swinging, pulling and avoiding a devastation blow from the edge of the bronze bell into a dance of sorts. The images are hypnotic, simple yet entertaining as you see a young generation engaging into this mixture of ritual and play.

The images from “education for adults” by Jonathas de Andrade were based on the simple word-cards that children use(d) in school all over the world. Myself included, being from the Netherlands and raised in the 80’s, know this system as well as many of you. The images are supposed to convey a timeless vision of Brasil as the concepts were taken from talks with a women analfabetic group over a months time – and in some of the images were could agree, where some seemed positively dated. They did provide us with quite a lot of viewing material and quite a bit of amusement as most the images as executed well and can be interpreted in various ways.

Even though the selection of works on display was not vast, there is always that one thing you don’t quite ‘get’ . For us it was the work of Marcelo Cidade who, in his metal sculptures tried to convey a sense of movement, of trickery of the eye and a notion of uselessness. Something that seems rubbery is actually metal. What seems light and casual is actually solid. I did half understand his ” e Agora, Jose?” yellow bands over wooden sawhorses, The black block plate on the floor was a little less impressive (sorry, no image).

The last work I will comment on was Matheus Rocha Pitta – “Die Abnahme”, at least, that’s what we think it was. the floor plan was a little unclear about the work in the central little space, and the brochure with information about the artists and works told us nothing about it. What it seemed to be was a random display with supermarket products, some opened or half-eaten and, due to the lack of explanation of the artists’  motivation, we missed the point completely.


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