Irrkunst | Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
Edmund de Waal’s first solo show in Berlin is now open across the two gallery spaces of Galerie Max Hetzler in Charlottenburg. Based on the writings of Walter Benjamin, the exhibition title has been taken from his concept of the art of getting lost, the art of noticing what has been disregarded. In Bleibtreustrasse - a 19th century apartment - de Waal is showing works that reflect Benjamin’s childhood, his fascination with gathering objects and making collections as a kind of memory work. In the second space, Goethestrasse - a former sorting office - de Waal explores ideas of departure and loss through one large-scale architectural work in wood and porcelain. He has also created a temporary library of Benjamin’s writings where visitors are able to read and reflect.