Framework, the latest work of German-Iranian artist Bettina Pousttchi, which runs through June 17 at Schirn Kuntshalle Frankfurt, is a subversive appliqué that transforms transparency to texture. The textures are derived from the half-timber houses of Frankfurt's old town square the Römerberg, which is, itself, an appliqué on a void, a reconstruction of a historic district mostly smashed into oblivion during World War II bombings. Pousttchi extracted design elements from two Römerberg houses - the 17th century Schwarzer Stern, reconstructed in 1983, and the Wertheym, one of the few buildings that survived the war - and applied them to the glass of the Schirn's rotunda and exterior facade.
click images for larger view"I would be delighted", Pousttchi says in the video posted above, "if Framework triggered a dialogue about how we treat our cities, and how we deal with history, with recollection . . . How do we want to live in the future? Are such "facade cities" what we really want?"
Pousttchi's most famous work to date is 2010's Echo, at the Temporäre Kunsthalle on Museum Island, not far from the Altes Museum in the former East Berlin, The Temporäre Kunsthalle stood on the site of the Palast der Republik . . .
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