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An installation by Robert Kuśmirowski in Schauspielhaus Bochum

An installation by Robert Kuśmirowski entitled “Der Keller” was opened on May 10th in Schauspielhaus Bochum. The installation is a part of  Das Detroit-Projekt carried out in Bochum, Germany. Earlier another installation – Pigeon Projekt  by Michał Januszaniec was also opened in Exzenterhaus Bochum.

The entire project is realized by Schauspielhaus Bochum and Urbane Kunst Ruhr in cooperation with Theatre Confrontations Festival. 

If you are in the area you can see Robert’s installation – it will be open until July 5th, Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m in the basement of a building at Zeche 1, Prinz-Regent-Straße 50-60, Bochum. Entrance –   5,00 €

Critics and interpreters call Robert Kuśmirowski a „genius of fake“ and a „counterfeiter and manipulator of reality“. For the most part, his works are based on the reconstructing or copying of old objects, documents, photos or the creation of delusively similar imitations. Often they do not have a specific prototype but only evoke the material culture of a certain time. However, their characteristic feature is watchmaker’s precision and meticulousness. In the larger installations, the artist’s passion of collecting becomes apparent. Joanna Mytkowska, director of the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, defines his collections as a “baroque of excess and entropy of detail.” That is how Kuśmirowski returns to the issues of memory, history, and nostalgia that accompany the visual culture of the far and recent past, slowly disappearing under its new layers. This strategy accounts for the recurring vanitas theme in his oeuvre – the reconstructing of a past material culture becomes a means of picking up on issues of transiency, vanishing, and death.

Robert Kuśmirowski, born in Łódź in 1973, studied from 1998 to 2003 at the Institute of Fine Arts of the Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. In the academic year 2002 to 2003 he was granted a scholarship at the Ecole Régionale des Beaux-Arts Rennes. Kuśmirowski is performer, visual artist, creator of installations and objects, photographer and graphic artist. He is a member of the Foksal Gallery Foundation in Warsaw. He lives and works in Lublin.