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For this ex hibition\, the Museum für Gegenwartskunst reconstructs a work the American artist Robert Gober created specifically for its ground floor hall: the ins tallation Split Wall with Drains (1994–95). The piece stands at the center of a show dedicated for the most part to works by Gober held by the collections of the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung and the Emanuel Hoffmann Found ation. After the major survey exhibition held at the Schaulager\, Basel\, i n 2007\, this eminent oeuvre\, in which replicas of domestic objects such a s washbasins\, fireplaces\, and drains\, effigies of body parts\, and repro ductions of specific spaces with institutional or religious connotations pl ay a central part\, will be presented to the public in a new exhibition pro duced once again in close collaboration with the artist.

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The motif of the drain to which Gober returns here appears early in his work: starting in 1989\, he designed a number of simple but individual plugholes\, had them cast\, and then installed them directly in the walls o f exhibition spaces (Drains). The drain marks the boundary between l ight and darkness\, between what is visible and what is concealed\, between inside and outside.

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 The installation may be read as an allegory of transition\, precisely revealing the spots that are invi sible as such. Unequivocal categories of inside and outside or above and be low that would offer orientation in space have been abandoned. What emerge in their stead are unfamiliar zones with newly delineated boundaries in whi ch the realm of bodily experience is central. Yet even when beheld from a d istance\, the sculpture commands the entire room\, vaguely and uneasily sug gesting both a film set and a crime scene.

With its overwhelming artistic quality\, Split Walls with Drains not only represents a cu lmination of Gober’s sculptural oeuvre\, and especially of the handmade was hbasins\, drains\, and urinals\; it is also singular in that it was conceiv ed for the unique situation at the MGK\, which is itself traversed by a bro ok\, and will thus remain permanently rooted in our house.

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DTEND:20130210 DTSTAMP:20141226T183650 DTSTART:20121006 GEO:47.5547685;7.6014826 LOCATION:Museum für Gegenwartskunst\,St. Alban-Rheinweg 60 \nBasel\, CH-40 10 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY: Works from the Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation and the Öffentlichen Ku nstsammlung Basel \, Robert Gober UID:259254 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR