From 05 October 2000 to 21 January 2001
Curated by Marcella Beccaria
A restless voyager, Franz Ackermann (Neumarkt St. Veit, Germany, 1963) nurtures his artistic research through long displacements. Brief stays in the city of Berlin, where his studio is located, alternate with numerous trips that have brought him to different cities throughout the world, including Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok, Beijing, Sao Paolo and New York.
The exhibition “B.I.T.” (“Back in Town – Di ritorno in città”) develops Ackermann’s analysis of tourism and is conceived as a single large installation made up of different works. The space is defined by Non Stop, Daily (Senza sosta, quotidianamente), 2000, large wall paintings that allude to a possible graphic of a trip itinerary. The layout is animated by a series of works on paper, personal systems of orientation for the visited cities, which the artist calls Mental Maps (Mappe mentali). The large oil paintings present details of urban sites that, while specific, might pertain to any city. Photographs from Berlin tourist agencies are also part of the installation.
Ackermann considers with a critical stance the position of privilege connected to his passion for travel, as exemplified by the large self-portrait in black and white that concludes the exhibition.