photo: © ANZAÏ
Kanazawa Sliding Doors
|Material/ Technique||mixed media|
|Copyright Notice||© Carsten HÖLLER|
|Year of acquisition/ donation||2004|
|Description||Born in Brussels, Belgium in 1961. Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.|
After studying both plant pathology and agricultural entomology and obtaining his doctorate, Höller began to be active as an artist in the latter half of the 1980s. By making the most of different media, his expression is wide-ranging from a single three-dimensional piece to a large-scale installation occupying the whole space. His style on the whole is scientific and based on highly developed technology. We can fully realize through our experience of his work the unreliability of our perceptions and doubts about reality. Consequently our stirred sensitivity is stimulated and we can encounter aesthetic experiences even further.
This piece consists of five automatic doors. These double doors set in a corridor between two exhibition rooms are completely mirrored, so that we find ourselves being in the world surrounded by mirrors each time we pass through the doors. The opening and closing movement of automatic doors almost brings us back to daily life in a moment, but passing through the doors a few times, we repeatedly step into the same kind of space. When someone unexpectedly comes from the other side of the door, however, the mechanical repetition of this experience is broken, and it arouses our feelings of all sorts. As plural visitors are involved, unexpected events occur in the system structured by the artist. As a result, our experience is enriched through this work that cleverly uses the feature of the museum corridor where people come and go.
This Collection Data page contains the works and materials in the collection of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, as of April 1, 2018.
Artists are listed alphabetically by artist’s surname.
Works and materials by the same artists are listed according to the date of the work in principle.
Works whose dates are unidentified are listed at the end of each item. Some works are not listed according to the date of work due to their relations.
The data of works and materials are listed in order of title, production year, material/technique/form, dimensions, donor’s name, copyright holder and credit for photograph.
Dimensions are given by height (H) x width (W) in centimeters for plane work, and height (H) x width (W) x depth (D) in cm for 3-D work. Diameter (Ø) is used for circular work.
For the name of country or city, the name currently used in English is listed in principle.