Camille Corot –
Natur und Traum
Commisioned work for the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe with Benedikt Dichgans
For the exhibition Camille Corot - Natur und Traum in the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Benedikt Dichgans and Wataru Murakami developed 2 works, in which frames the whole exhibition.
The work is divided into two elements that are situated at the beginning, the entrance of the exhibition and at its end [ohne Titel, 276.0 x 368.0 cm video projection, stereo sound, 10 mins; Rêverie, 25.92 x 3.27 m gouache on carbon print, 4 channel sound (in cooperation with Gerrit Kuge)].  In Dichgans’ and Murakami’s auratic moving image installation and photopainting, the visitor of the museum experiences, and is prepared for, the atmospheric quality and impression of Corot’s landscape paintings at the start of the exhibition.  Nature and urban spaces are displayed in stark contrast to one another.  Both artists embarked on an art historical journey to revision the past in moving images, yet still images, and hence the past in the present in order to see and feel time.  Streets in Paris as well as the landscape around Ville d’Avray, where Corot’s family has owned a country house reveal landscape as a theme. (Text by: Rania Gaafar)