Bethan Huws. Forest

3 October 2015 – 17 January 2016

ORANGERIE

”15 Janvier environ” – “around 15 January” 1916 is the date on a letter from Marcel Duchamp (1887 – 1968) to his sister Suzanne that contains his first written reference to the readymade.

One hundred years later, Welsh artist Bethan Huws (b. 1961) is presenting an exhibition at the Kunsthalle based on artistic research that takes Duchamp’s momentous gesture as its starting point. The centrepiece of her exhibition is Forest (2008/09), which consists of 88 different, commercially available bottle racks (porte-bouteilles). Shining out from this dense forest of everyday objects is a bottle rack made of glowing neon tubes. Forest is both fascinating and enigmatic; its variable form gives the sculpture a different appearance in each new presentation, and here it is installed in the Orangerie of the Kunsthalle.

The focus of the modern art collection in the Orangerie is on painting. Bethan Huws has rearranged parts of this collection from her own perspective and embedded them within the context of her exhibition. By transforming the paintings into ready-mades, as it were, she uses them as components of a new artwork, combining them with her own textual works, word vitrines, object-based sculptures and films in a complex web of references.

Accompanying programme


100 YEARS OF READYMADE

HOW TO MAKE A READYMADE?

Saturday, 16th January 2016, 15.30 – 18 h, Orangerie

Marcel Duchamp’s Readymades are a core part of the canon of 20th century art. They are seen as precursors of Pop, Conceptual, and Appropriation Art, among others. Due to the apparent simplicity of using found objects, the complexity of the process that led to their creation as artworks and their materiality often go unnoticed. Two short talks on the genesis and reception of Duchamp’s Readymades provide insight into the ‘making-of’ of these seminal works. An artist talk from Bethan Huws brings us up to date with current artistic practices of making art with ready-made objects.

15.30 Uhr

Introducion: Prof. Dr. Pia Müller-Tamm

SHORT TALKS

Prof. Dr. Dieter Daniels, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig

Prof. Dr. Lars Blunck, Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Nürnberg

17.30 Uhr

BETHAN HUWS IN DIALOGUE WITH DIETER DANIELS

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Pia Müller-Tamm (in English)