The series of art projects at the Stommeln Synagogue continues in 2019 with the New York-based artist, filmmaker, and architect Alfredo Jaar.
The synagogue in the Pulheim district of Stommeln is one of the few that were not damaged during the pogroms of 1938. In order to do justice to its importance and make a broad public aware of this historical site, the Art Project Stommeln Synagogue was initiated in 1991. Since then, each year the Cultural Department of the City of Pulheim invites an artist to produce a work that proposes a close interrelationship with the space. Well-known artists such as Jannis Kounellis, Richard Serra, Rebecca Horn, and Rosemarie Trockel have responded to the space and its history. In 2019, Alfredo Jaar will present his work Lament of the Images.
Alfredo Jaar (*1956 in Santiago de Chile) frequently addresses political, social, or humanitarian issues in his work. With his photo and light installations and his performances in public space he inquires not only into the increasingly dulling effect of the everyday plethora of images on the individual and society, but also into his own position as a producer of images. “Images are not innocent,” as the artist himself has declared. In the process, he repeatedly relies on the medium of light: light as a central element in photography, as a philosophical category, and as a poetic metaphor; light as enlightenment, and void.
Alfredo Jaar has been invited to present his work in numerous important international exhibitions, such as documenta in Kassel (1987, 2002), the Biennale de Venezia (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013), and the Bienal de São Paulo (1987, 1989, 2010). He has had solo exhibitions at, among other venues, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Whitechapel Gallery in London, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. He has furthermore participated in important group exhibitions, such as at the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, and at the Haus der Kunst, Munich. His works are in the collection of major museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, M+ in Hong Kong and the Nationalgalerie in Berlin. The artist has realized more than seventy-five public interventions around the world. Over sixty monographic publications have been published about his work. A MacArthur fellow, he was awarded the 11th Hiroshima Art Prize in October 2018.
Opening at the Stommeln Synagogue: September 18, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Stommeln Synagogue, Hauptstrasse 85 a, 50259 Pulheim
Opening hours: September 20–November 30, 2019
Friday, 3:00–6:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 1:00–6:00 p.m.
December 1, 2019—May 31, 2020: Open by appointment only: [Please call +49 2238 808189.]
Stommeln Synagogue: A Project by the City of Pulheim
The project by Alfredo Jaar is generously sponsored by Kultur- und Umweltstiftung der Kreissparkasse Köln, Cologne, and Initiative für zeitgenössische Kunst und Musik in Pulheim.