Now showing: Ammann Gallery in Köln, Germany presents One and Many Chairs, an exhibition dedicated to arguably the world's most diversely designed object: the ever ubiquitous chair. Gallerist Gabrielle Ammann found inspiration for the new show in the groundbreaking, 1965 work One and Three Chairs by American concept artist Joseph Kosuth. In a series of exhibitions, Kosuth displayed an actual chair beside a life-size photograph of the same chair in the very same location, as well as the dictionary definition of chair, thus juxtaposing the various manifestations of the object. (The chair itself and its photograph changed with every exhibition.)
With One and Many Chairs, Ammann has organized a collection of objects that seize on the symbolic and the functional character of the chair at the same time that they investigate the interfaces between arts and design. Ron Arad’s famously bold Box in Four Movements (1994), for example, consists of a heavy, somewhat austere cube that transforms into an adjustable, gravity defying chair.
Sebastian Errazuriz’s Kosuth Chair, meanwhile, is a reaction to the legend that Kosuth’s work (acquired by the MoMA in 1970) was stored in three departments: the chair in the design department, the photograph in the photography department, and the printed definition in the museum’s library. Errazuriz subsequently combined all three segments into one chair: the image of the wooden folding chair is printed on an actual white chair, along with the definition, making them inseparable.
The exhibition includes works by Ron Arad, Florian Borkenhagen, Sebastian Errazuriz, Nucleo, Satyendra Pakhalé, Rolf Sachs, and the artist-duo Wolfs + Jung. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the Köln area!
One and Many Chairs is on view now through March 27th. For more information, visit Ammann Gallery.