TransReflex is the title of the installation realized on the façade of the art museum Kloster Unserer Lieben Frauen in Magdeburg.
TransReflex consists of 17 large-format mirror panels that can be opened up out of the plane of the façade at different angles or else shut to close the façade. The reflecting panels integrate and reproduce the surrounding urban architecture, creating visual activity and vibrancy.
Each of the seventeen movable panels are 150 cm wide and 300 cm tall and mirrored on both sides. The panels are installed in front of the eleven large windows on the museum’s northern façade and the six windows on its eastern façade. The components move without uniformity, because the hinges are attached to different sides of the windows. Some windows open to the left, others to the right or up or down.
With the panels aligned at different angles and in different directions, the installation reflects different fragments of the surroundings. The resulting collage of mirror images mixes two opposite realities: the former cloister construction, which is Magdeburg’s oldest extant building; and the postwar modernist buildings erected with little urban-planning context as if in the front yard of the cloister ensemble.
The dissolution and recombination of the relations between the views works in both directions: for a gaze from the outside onto the building, and for the gaze from the inside looking out. When closed, the panels together form one surface with the façade, and thus a homogeneous level of reflection.
The work was supported by the Kunststiftung Sachsen-Anhalt (http://www.kunststiftung-sachsen-anhalt.de), the Kloster Bergesche Stiftung (http://www.kloster-berge.de) and the Freunde und Förderer des Kunstmuseums Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen Magdeburg e.V.