noroomgallery has initiated a location change for Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof with the project “Arbeitsform: Rochade”, referring to the German name “Rochade” (“Castling”) for a unique chess move involving a king and rook of the same colour. As part of the project, the Kunstverein’s gallery space – a historic waiting room – will be returned to its original function. From 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, the waiting room will be open to all railway passengers, offering them a pleasant space for waiting. It is an artistic place of retreat, in which its original quality of waiting is re-emphasised.
During this time, the Kunstverein will be showing two successive exhibitions in the Deutsche Bahn’s glass waiting pavilion on the railway bridge, directly across from the entrance to the historic waiting room.
noroomgallery was founded in 1997 in Hamburg by Jan Holtmann. It has no gallery space of its own. Instead, it creates gallery spaces in different places, thereby cooperating with different institutions, sites and other players along the way. “Arbeitsform: Rochade” is a cooperation with Urs Amadeus Ulbrich, who redesigned the waiting room. Jan Holtmann and Urs Amadeus Ulbrich (born 1978 in Munich) both live and work in Hamburg.
Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof: Exhibition program
During the first three weeks of the “Rochade”, a sculptural installation by the Portuguese artist Leonor Antunes will be shown in Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof’s temporary gallery: the glass pavilion on the railway bridge. Already in earlier artworks, Antunes became interested in the measurement and duplication of places and in the different dimensions of spatiality. Designed especially for this exhibition, her works Sculptures for Travelling reflect the unique architecture of the gallery space and surrounding structures, including lattice and grid patterns.
Leonor Antunes (born 1972 in Lisbon) lives and works in Lisbon and Berlin.
Images: Michael Pfisterer