NOWs: Corpo Velato by Rafael Ibarra
On the occasion of the first anniversary of the Kunsthaus Dahlem in Berlin Rafael Ibarra created a piece inspired by the aesthetics of the Italian baroque sculpture. The artist describes the sculpture performance: ” I covered a human body placed on a table with cloth. I see the white cloth as a layer of uniformity and clarity; it resembles marble and has two main effects on the piece. It erases and veils some information and in doing so it allows other elements to appear. Color, texture and the person as such were covered to enhance form, volume and create another type of physical presence. Only breathing reveals it’s a living being.”
The “one hour sculpture” creates a dialogue with the surrounding pieces made out of long lasting materials such as stone, granite, marble and bronze, all part of the postwar exhibition of the museum. The building was erected during the Nazi regime to be the studio of the artist Arno Brecker. After the war it was the studio of renowned postwar artist Bernhard Heiliger. Both Arno Breker and Bernhard Heiliger were Professors at the Berlin University of the Arts.