The KW Institute for Contemporary Art presents Cyprien Gaillard The Recovery of Discovery. On view March 27 – May 22, 2011. Opening: Saturday, March 26, 5 pm – 2 am. Opening Hours: Tue–Sun 12–7 pm, Thur 12–9 pm
Preserving a monument goes hand in hand with destroying it. In order to preserve architecture, cultural monuments and relics, they are often re-located, allowing urban displacement to arise—leading to the disappearance of the concept of autonomous geography and archeology. The dislocation of a monument does not only alter the history of its original location, but also leads to a radical re-interpretation of the monument itself.
For his exhibition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, Cyprien Gaillard has created a new work containing complex implications, which will only be revealed through an act of complete defiance. Similar to public amnesia, lost in the hopeless interaction with the monument, the gradual destruction becomes a part of the aesthetic of resistance.