In her installation Henke concentrates on this ambivalent capacity of the space of the Rotunda, thereby creating an awareness of the unique character of the location.
In the two opposing entrances to the Rotunda, the artist positions two aluminium sculptures that are open at the top and filled with sand. Henke guides the viewer’s gaze through a system of colors, which accentuates the architecture upwards to the open windows of the circular galleries surrounding the Rotunda. There sand is also placed and trickles outwards and into the sculptures through coarse-meshed metal rolling grills. The visitors can stroll round the galleries and walk through the sand, hence influencing the circulation as well. At the same time, from up there the form of the objects in the Rotunda becomes visible: they are two oversized eyes. The association of sand in the eye—an unpleasant feeling involving discomfort and pain—suggests itself.
The exhibition has been made possible by the SCHIRN ZEITGENOSSEN, a circle of young patrons of contemporary art at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. The Schirn wishes to thank Jan Bauer and Lena Wallenhorst, Andrea and Andreas Fendel, Lilia and Hartmuth Jung, Sunhild Theuerkauf-Lukic and Andreas Lukic, Shahpar and Stefan Oschmann, Vasiliki Basia and Jörg Rockenhäuser, as well as Katharina and Lars Singbartl for their commitment. In the Schirn Rotunda installations have been presented by contempo