'ALL SYSTEMS FAIL', Kunstmuseum Krefeld
October 15, 2023 – March 24, 2024

The solo exhibition All Systems Fail of the internationally renowned American artist Sarah Morris (b. 1967, Sevenoaks, UK, based in New York) offers a survey of thirty years of her work. In two iconic villas by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Haus Lange and Haus Esters, it presents her crossings of abstraction, architecture, modernism, art, and design. Morris‘s famous geometric paintings are perfectly smooth surfaces of brightly colored household gloss paint. In slanting perspectives, they abstractly reproduce the rhythms and structures of urban life today. Similarly, she has produced hypnotic, hyperreal films, first in New York and then in Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, Abu Dhabi, and other international metropolises. Since the 1990s, Sarah Morris has created a complex oeuvre of paintings, films, prints, sculptures, and wall paintings. Her works form an index of their own that unfolds in this exhibition in the spaces designed by Mies van der Rohe. In this key site of the modern era, one can study her reflections on the city, media images, globalization, and power structures. The diverse points of reference range from multinational corporations, transportation networks, GPS technology, lunar cycles, and Hollywood to the luxury goods industry and the architect Mies van der Rohe. They trace the effects of modern ideas on life today. Morris’s art shows this present as marked by constantly changing systems in which we are inescapably entangled. Besides a number of international loans, the exhibition in Krefeld is presenting a site-specific wall painting, an exclusive edition, and in an additional screening room in the KWM, her latest films in large-format projections.


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