Last week I was able to visit the praised “ONE ON ONE” exhibition at Berlin Mitte’s KW Institute for Contemporary Art. The four floor exhibition consists of 17 individual pieces. They are in separate spaces that have been created for the purpose that each piece is, and must be viewed by only one person at a time. Besides interacting on a personal level with the actual works a big part of the whole experience is queuing for the rooms, occupying them for yourself only by hanging the hotel-style “ONE ON ONE” on the door handle and consuming uninterrupted the art – while also being aware of the people outside.
The featuring artists are Massimo Bartolini, Nina Beier, Joe Coleman, Trisha Donnelly, Geoffrey Farmer, Hans-Peter Feldmann, FORT, Günter K., Annika Kahrs, Robert Kusmirowski, Alicja Kwade, Renata Lucas, Yoko Ono, Blinky Palermo, Anri Sala, Jeremy Shaw and Tobias Zielony.
“Alone in the space with the art, one-on-one with a work that was made for the single individual, in a direct and inescapable interaction—intimate and confrontational.
The exhibition ONE ON ONE enables the artists to directly address the singular viewer. Individual, self-contained spaces that are specially conceived for the new works and only accessible for one visitor at a time occupy the whole exhibition space of KW. Be it a space for action or contemplation, a cabinet or a non-space, be it performative, installation-based or conceptual, material or immaterial—other than the spatial restrictions, no limitations have been placed on the artistic creation of individual microcosms.
Thereby KW transforms into a place where art can be experienced directly and without disturbances, providing viewers with new ways of perceiving time and space while creating new forms of showing, exhibiting, and seeing.“
“ONE ON ONE”, 18.11.2012 – 20.01.2013.
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststraße 69, Berlin.