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Art at the Karl Jaspers Centre

Since 2008, the Karl Jaspers Centre (KJC) presents a permanent installation of the artist Friedemann von Stockhausen. The installation at the KJC starts with an ornamental glass composition in the foyer and continues on three floors in the corridors, lecture halls and meeting rooms.

Circular elements of aluminium and image plates of different sizes are covered by a sequence of shifting motives. Their source are mainly images from postcards and quotes of diverse origins as well as photographic impressions of the KJC´s current context. The motifs show fragments of sculptures, pictures, masks and faces of different times, ages and cultures: Africa meets Asia, Europe meets America, sculptures of the occidental Gothic period hit the ancient art of China and Japan; a renaissance portrait is crossed by a sub-Saharan Africa figure. Common to all is not only the exciting dialogue of the different forms of art but also its vibrant, time- and border-crossing expression. The visual language of the installations exemplifies the idea of transculturality. Although the fragments seem to be disparate, their interplay opens up a "Third Space", which is closely linked to the concept and objectives of the Karl Jaspers Centre.

Friedemann von Stockhausen (*1945) studied art history, ethnology and sociology at the University of Cologne, before he continued studying at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. In his art, he focuses on painting, drawing and photography. From 1994 to 2012, he was professor at the Braunschweig University of Art. Solo exhibitions include the Hamburger Kunsthalle in 1990, the Art Museum of the University of Memphis in 2000, the Galeria Awangarda in Wroclaw in 2004 and the Folkwang Museum in Essen in 2012. Friedemann von Stockhausen lives and works in Hamburg and Berlin.

A publication with the title “Third Spaces” shows the exhibited artworks in a large format. It is available on request from the Cluster's Press Office. Image editing of the installation by Dirk Nippert, Hamburg.

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