Berlin and Chicago-based photographer Andrea Wilmsen challenges our perception of interiors in her photographs of the Bode Museum in Berlin, Germany. Her focus varies from fragmented views of architectural details to carefully composed close-up details of empty walls, creating unique portraits of the museum. Wilmsen is inspired by the American philosopher and art critic Arthur C. Danto and his book titled The Transfiguration of the Commonplace, which questions what makes an object a work of art. Yet, she takes the question further and is driven to uncover what makes art spaces special stages for prestigious artworks. Wilmsen is driven by how we prioritize certain works of art over others, and further, where the boundaries lie between what we consider art and what is visible outside of the works that are established as art in a museum.
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21 × 29,7 cm
34 colored illustrations
Languages: German, English
Matthias Harder, Jennifer Murray
Andrea Wilmsen and Polina Bazir, Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld
B.ODE, 2021, solo exhibition, Goethe Institut, Chicago