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In an exhibition at the edge of sleep gerlach en koop display works by other artists
gerlach en koop. Was machen Sie um zwei? Ich schlafe., installation view, GAK Bremen 2020. Photo: Johannes Schwartz.

BREMEN.- What do you do at two?
I sleep.
At three?
I sleep.
At four?
I sleep.
At five?
I sleep.
At six?
I sleep.
At seven?
I sleep.
At eight?
I sleep.
At nine?
I wake up.

In May 1961 Alberto Moravia invited Claudia Cardinale for an interview. To her surprise, Moravia proposes to question her as an object in the room. The interview is divided in two parts. In the first part Moravia tries to record how Cardinale appears in the room, in the second part how she disappears—into sleep.

In bright daylight the objects distinguish themselves from you without any effort at all: the headphones on the couch with the cord in an elegant curl on the floor; the scissors on the desk, not closed but in the shape of an x; the chair that has not been drawn up; the black-and-white postcard stuck on the wall with Blu Tack; the glass of water without water on the small metal table mobiltecnica torino close to the bed; the shoes side by side close to the leg of the table. At night however, when you are asleep, the boundaries become fluid. Differentiation turns into mutual sympathy. The objects are approaching us. We are approaching the objects. No, our bodies are approaching the objects.

Curator Regina Barunke

A comprehensive visitors’ booklet with texts in German and English has been published for the exhibition.

Collective artist gerlach en koop renders things visible by repetition, copying or reuse, by displacement and misplacement, by omissions, erring and making mistakes. The smaller the distance between two identical things—differences that sometimes can only be conceived of—the more interesting.

What are they? Objects, made or ready-made, sculptural or graphic; architectural interventions; words in a particular order; a gesture, grand or modest. Sometimes uncommonly blunt and sometimes unexpectedly sophisticated. Always in earnest. Artist collective gerlach en koop live and work in The Hague, NL, and Brussels, BE.

Solo exhibitions (selection): 2016 :, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, NL; 2015 Choses tuées, de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam, touring to Temporary Gallery, Cologne, DE; 2013 Varying Degrees of Ajarness, Ellen de Bruijne Pojects, Amsterdam, NL; 2012 Others’ Structures, *KURATOR, Gebert Stiftung für Kultur, Rapperswil-Jona, CH; En gerlach en koop, 1646, The Hague, NL; 2008 ruim schrijven, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, NL.

Group exhibitions (selection): 2019 GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen, DE; 2018 Temporary Gallery, Cologne, DE; Zerynthia, Università degli Studi di Sassari, Sassari, IT; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, US; 2017 Project Arts Centre, Dublin, IE; La Criée, Rennes, FR; 2015 Baltic Triennial, CAC Vilnius, LT, and Galeria Bunkier Sztuki, Kraków, PL; 2013 Stroom Den Haag, NL; 2012 Jardin des Tuileries, FIAC, Paris, FR; Temporary Gallery, Cologne/De Vleeshal, Middelburg, NL; 2011 Casino Luxembourg, LU; White Columns, New York, US, Netwerk, Aalst, BE; 2009 Le Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire, FR; S.M.A.K., Gent, BE; 2008 de Appel, stanley brouwn pavilion, Utrecht, NL.

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