Current Exhibition

Alona Rodeh. Architecture of the Nights

Opening: March 15, 2019
Exhibition: March 16, 2019 - June 10, 2019

Light, movement, and sound: In her room-spanning, performative installations the artist Alona Rodeh (*1979 in Tel Aviv, Israel) translates the nocturnal design of our cities into aesthetic spaces of experience. With Architecture of the Nights the Kunstpalais hosts her first institutional solo exhibition in Germany. Based on the term ‘Architecture of the Night’, coined by US-architect Raymond Hood in 1930, Rodeh develops her artistic approach to urban illumination. This approach is grounded both on a careful examination of technical components as well as in-depth cultural-historic research on the use of artificial light.

Rodeh’s art as a whole is fueled by her particular interest in the qualities of materials and objects that shape our visual environment – sometimes subtle and almost hidden, sometimes glaring and calling for attention. Often those are items in which aspects of security and visibility overlap. Fluorescent colors and reflective gear played a central role in her works. In her latest productions LED-elements, programmed for subtle choreographies by the artist, take center stage as new protagonists in her “performances without performers”. As a result installations emerge, monolithic and filigree at once, that lead a luminescent life of their own filling the Kunstpalais’ dark vaults with enigmatic presence.

In the early 20th century the Bauhaus teacher László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946) dreamed of mechanical apparatuses that via a multitude of flash and color effects could compose large-scale light structures in midair. His aim to move art forward into the third dimension became reified in works like the Light-Space-Modulator from 1930 – the same year Raymond Hood developed his thoughts around light architecture. Alona Rodeh draws from this rich legacy and conveys it into contemporary circumstances.

A substantial exhibition catalog accompanying the solo show takes up the theoretical threads of her project, along with documenting the artist’s new works. Safe and Sound: The Third Dimension will be the third in Rodeh’s ongoing series of artist publications. Additionally two scientific guest contributions shed light onto the issue of the use of light and sound systems in night clubs as well as the mental consequences of blackouts in the war years.


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Image: Alona Rodeh, Smooth Operator, 2018, MDF, plywood, LED lights, speakers, 373 x 212 x 50 cm,  © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Courtesy the artist and Christine König Galerie, Vienna, photo: Ludger Paffrath