22. June – 17. August 2003
Florian Slotawa uses rooms and objects in an unforeseen way, creates free spaces where none were planned, and succeeds in appropriating even anonymous situations. He completely re-arranges hotel rooms over night, literally building himself a nest, only to replace things as they were at dawn. What remains is a photograph.
Over the past years the artist has repeatedly used his personal belongings as the artistic material for his Besitzarbeiten (Property works); these belongings are the raw material by means of which he depicts landscape reliefs, a Last Judgement, or an Annunciation (Verkündigung in the exhibition XXX at the Gropius Bau Berlin from XXX to XXX). In the work Gesamtbesitz (Complete possessions), the dividing line between private person and artist is eradicated when, having made an exact inventory of everything, Slotawa sells his whole household to an art collector. The issues raised here are those of the limits of art, the concept of the work, and the self-understanding of the artist.
After solo-exhibitions at the Abteiberg museum in Mönchengladbach (2001) and the Kunsthalle in Mannheim (2002), this is the third larger museum exhibition of works by Florian Slotawa. The exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Thun provides a comprehensive view of the artist's work of recent years. On this occasion, Slotawa is also showing new installative works which alter the venue in a surprising way. Not even the museum entrance will be recognisable.
Florian Slotawa was born in Rosenheim near Munich in 1972. He studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg and the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich. He lives and works in Berlin.