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Out of the Dark II

Press release

Out of the Dark II

Candice Breitz, Chto Delat, Alice Creischer, Heinrich Dunst, Estate of Barbara Hammer, The Cabinet of Ramon Haze, Hiwa K, Frédéric Moser & Philippe Schwinger, Oswald Oberhuber, Mario Pfeifer, Dierk Schmidt, Santiago Sierra, Michael E. Smith, Franz Erhard Walther, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Tobias Zielony, Christoph Schäfer

Works of art that no one sees are tragic creatures. Locked away, languishing in obscurity, pictures, sculptures, and videos can’t meditate on what they mean, can’t quietly grow and mature—indeed, they can’t even despair. They have life only in the eyes of people, and so any barriers to access, any social distancing implies their immediate and impotent demise. Yet art, we know, dies hard; it only takes a nap when darkness falls around it. And every first and fresh new glance brings it back in the full splendor of its form.