The exhibition Cloud Cities at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin shows twenty of Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno’s alternative utopian architectural floating and suspended balloon structures / gardens / settlements composed of swaying bubbles, ropes, and organic material hanging in space. The installations draw inspiration from the strength and flexibility of soap bubbles and spider webs and invite the viewer to consider other forms of living space, knowledge, feelings and human interaction. The audience can play and interact with the works by climbing up and entering into the balloons, and for a few moments experiencing a free-floating gravity before coming back down to earth.
Tomás Saraceno was born in 1973, in Tucuman/Argentina, and has his studio in Frankfurt. The exhibition, was presented by the National Museums in Berlin, and supported by the Verein der Freunde der Nationalgalerie, and sponsored by Dornbracht Installation Projects, 2011 (www.dornbracht.com). The Outset Contemporary Art Fund, London made a donation of the work ‘Observatory‘ to the Nationalgalerie’s collection.
Images: Tomás Saraceno Cloud Cities, 2011 Installationsansicht © Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, Photo: Tomás Saraceno
Tomás Saraceno, Cloud Cities | Entwurfszeichnung Hamburger Bahnhof 2011 | Courtesy: Tomás Saraceno.
Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, Invalidenstr. 50-51, D – 10557 Berlin. 15 September – 15 January. open Tues.-Fri. 10.00-18.00, Sat. 11.00-20.00, Sun. 11.00-18.00
Catalogue published by in the distance-Verlag. September 2011. 256 pages. 29 €