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"Herzog and de Meuron. No. 250. An Exhibition"
2006-05-12 until 2006-07-30
Haus der Kunst
Haus der Kunst in Munich will be presenting the exhibition "Herzog & de Meuron. No. 250. An Exhibition" from May 12 through July 30. The buildings of the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron include the in May 2005 inaugurated Allianz Arena in Munich, a venue for the 2006 World Cup. The advertising space in the stadium is reserved solely for the official sponsors of the FIFA WM 2006. For this reason, the logo "Allianz Arena" will be dismounted from the stadium.
This logo was transported by two articulated trucks to the Haus der Kunst on Thursday, April 27 and mounted to the building's fascia on Friday, April 28, where it will remain for the duration of the exhibition. Eight slender steel beams and one cross beam will support the letters, weighing between 130 and 420 kg apiece. The entire logo weighs a total of 3.065 kg, is 39,83 meters long and, at its tallest point, 5,18 meter high. The individual letters will be mounted using cranes and working platforms.
The exhibition presents exemplary work samples, remnants and fragments of the intellectual process that led to the completed structures by Herzog & de Meuron. The logo itself becomes a kind of fragment and, as such, is an integral part of the presentation. This simple installation transforms the Haus der Kunst into a completely novel place: Repossessed by a name, monopolized, so to speak. The strange logo opens up a vast area of overlapping associations regarding site, architecture, art and history.
In 2005 the American artist Paul McCarthy installed an inflatable over-sized flower bouquet and a language sculpture by Lawrence Weiner is planned for 2007.
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