The installation Nested Churches by the Japanese architect and artist Riku Ikegaya is on display from April 19th through the end of Gallery Weekend. In this work he engages with the Genius Loci of the church and cultural center St. Elizabeth, which was designed by the famous architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
Ikegaya’s installation consists of a scale model of Schinkel’s architectural plans for the Rosentaler Vorstadt Church, which he transfers to the interior of the structure as a walk-in, three-dimensional architectural sketch. In the resulting pavilion, made of steel pipes generally used in scaffolding, the vital presence of the visitor combines with the sublime serenity of the church to create a unique atmosphere in which time seems suspended, allowing the visitor to contemplate the auratic memory of the space.
This „church in a church“ evokes not only the original function of the sacral building as a place of assembly and prayer, but also chronicles historical, cultural, and social change. The original building, heavily damaged in the Second World War, carries traces of the process of destruction, decay, and reconstruction. The temporary, provisional character of the pavilion implies „the unfinished“ and the cycle of coming into being and fading away. In this manner Ikegaya hints, perhaps, at the temporality of human existence as juxtaposed with concepts of eternity.
Nested Churches / Riku Ikegaya
EXHIBITION: April 19th - May 1st, 2017
VENUE: St.Elisabeth, Invalidenstr.3, 10115 Berlin
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