D21 Kunstraum Leipzig
Demmeringstraße 21, 04177 Leipzig
17. June – 31. July 2016
Opening: 16. June 2016, 7 pm
Open: Friday to Saturday, 3 – 7 pm

French and German artists will explore the legacy of modernity: the urban narrative of an architecture for the masses and the individual, personal histories of residents are contrasted by Laurent Kronental (FR) – here the colossal architecture appears as a monumental panorama with a mystical atmosphere. Ginan Seidl and Ray Peter Maletzki (DE) make the urban district Halle-Silberhöhe subject of an environmental exploration as well as the object of appropriation through living as a practice. The exterior of Le Corbusier’s Unités d’Habitation in Berlin and Marseille is abstracted by Margret Hoppe (DE) as she focuses on the inherent values of their colours and materials. Andrea Pichl’s (DE) art installation on Leipzig-Grünau, too, exposes material features along with fissures within the architectural structure. Anne-Valérie Gasc (FR) in contrast documents the destruction of French tower blocks as she stages violence towards architecture in an almost childlike euphoria.
All projects appear against the background of a lingering question towards the utopian concept
that manifests itself in this architecture, and whether it is suitable for the challenges of today;
thus they wonder about the origins of an international modernity and inquire about our present perspectives to it.

With: Anne-Valérie Gasc, Margret Hoppe, Laurent Kronental, Andrea Pichl, Ginan Seidl und Ray Peter Maletzki