At Espace Louis Vuitton (Munich)
14 October 2016 to 25 March 2017
The Espace Louis Vuitton München continues its celebration of female artistic ingenuity in 2016
with a new monographic exhibition from the critically-acclaimed British artist, Tacita Dean, serving
as the second edition of the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s “Hors-les-murs” project in Munich. Conceived
and produced under the artistic direction of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the “Hors-les-murs” exhibition
programme introduces previously unseen artworks from its permanent collection to audiences of the
Espaces culturels Louis Vuitton in Munich, Venice, Beijing, and Tokyo, thus realizing its mission to curate
ambitious international art projects and share its collection with a broader public.
Working in a diverse range of mediums, including film, photography, drawing, painting, sound installation,
found objects, and prints, Tacita Dean’s practice commemorates the passing of time by documenting
its imprints on natural elements, such as rocks and trees, and ageing bodies. Her detective-like interest
in seemingly mundane moments results in works that are inquisitive, precise, and poetic. Her meditative
response to the frantic technological changes of the modern age celebrates the fragility of human
endeavour, the timeless context of nature, and traces of time left throughout history. Through her
meticulous methodology, she instills a quiet depth in her works, where time is the major protagonist.
Dean is passionately attached to analogue modes of cinema (16mm) and photography (silver gelatin
photographs and photogravure), finding in these a metaphor for the acute awareness of time that
informs her work. In parallel to her practice in film and photography, she also produces chalk drawings
on blackboards since the 1990s and paintings on postcards and photographs since 2005 : all evolving
from comparatively slow, complex processes.
Tacita Dean brings together five major works from the Fondation Louis Vuitton collection to illustrate
the great diversity of the artist’s oeuvre during the last decade. At the same time, it provides a testimony
to Dean’s unique and highly poetic artistic language, with which she plays in a virtuoso manner across
The meditative installation Presentation Windows (2005) is an allegory of an 18th century convent
building in Cork, Ireland, whose natural decay aroused the artist’s fascination. The film Human Treasure
(2006) focuses on the octogenarian master of traditional Japanese comedy, Sensaku Shigeyama, and
his daily ritual of having breakfast in the famous Takaragaike Prince Hotel in Tokyo. Lightning Series I–VII
(2007) captures the impermanence of lightning by engraving its image on carbon paper. The painted
photograph Hünengrab (2008) depicts a prehistoric stone formation in Cornwall, England, anchored
in a nature beyond time. To make The Book End of Time (2013), the artist dipped a J. G. Ballard book
in potash and invited the passing of time to immerse it in saline crystals. To complement these works
from the collection, the artist has chosen to show Fernweh (2009), a photogravure using four found
photographs from the 19th century which embodies the archaic German word meaning ‘a longing
to travel to faraway places’.
Tacita Dean underscores the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s commitment to showcasing outstanding artistic
positions from diverse backgrounds and several generations at Espace Louis Vuitton München, following
the success of the previous Hors-les-murs exhibition Chantal Akerman / Annette Messager : “Les Approches”.
About the artist
Tacita Dean was born in Canterbury, England, in 1965. She now lives and works in Berlin. She studied
painting at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. She has exhibited internationally in major institutions,
including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC (2001), Musée d’Art moderne
de la Ville de Paris (2003), Schaulager, Basel (2006), New Museum, New York (2008), MUMOK,
Vienna (2011), Tate Modern, London (2011–12), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
(2014), and Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro (2014). Dean participated in the Venice Biennale
in 2003, 2005 and 2013, and in dOCUMENTA (13) in 2012. She has received many international
prizes, including the Turner Prize (1998), Hugo Boss Prize (2006) and Kurt Schwitters Prize (2009).
About the Fondation Louis Vuitton
The Fondation Louis Vuitton is an institution dedicated exclusively to contemporary art and artists,
as well as 20th century works to which their inspirations can be traced. The Fondation’s own collection
and the exhibitions it organizes seek to engage a broad public. The building created by architect
Frank Gehry constitutes the seminal artistic statement by the Fondation and is already recognized
as an emblematic example of 21st century architecture. A year after its inauguration, the Fondation
Louis Vuitton had already welcomed more than a million visitors from France and around the world.
From its opening in Paris, the Fondation Louis Vuitton announced that it would engage in international
initiatives, both at the Fondation and in partnership with public and private institutions, including other
foundations and museums. The Fondation itself has cultural spaces in Munich, Venice, Beijing,
and Tokyo devoted exclusively to exhibitions of works from its collection. The Fondation is responsible
for the artistic direction of these Espaces culturels Louis Vuitton. The exhibitions they organize are open
to the public free of charge, and their programs are promoted through specific cultural communication.
Espace Louis Vuitton München
Maximilianstrasse 2a, 80539 München
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Hours: Monday–Friday, noon–7 pm; Saturday, 10 am–6 pm