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Making Visible the Invisible: “For the Use of Those Who See”

There are things that cannot be depicted, things that one cannot see and maybe not even imagine. With them, the impossibility of visualization outside of one’s imagination is an inherent quality. In 1920, Paul Klee wrote in Schöpferische Konfession (Creative Confession) that art did not reproduce the visible, but made visible. It is this im/possibility of making visible the invisible that is the focus of the exhibition “For the Use of Those Who See,” which will open at KW Institute for Contemporary Art on Saturday, November 21, 2009, at 5 p.m. For the use of those who see

Curated by Susanne Pfeffer, the exhibition shows how artists deal with forms of transition, disappearance and that which eludes us. It explores the boundaries of that which is invisible and the aesthetic visualization of that which appears to be impossible. Many of the presented works by international artists touch on related disciplines and provide entry points to other fields of perception.

“For the Use of Those Who See” is one of the most important projects supported by the Ernst Schering Foundation in 2009. The idea behind the exhibition – reflecting both on the power of the image and the limits of perception across genres – goes far beyond contemporary art and is an important topic of our times.

November 22, 2009 – January 24, 2010
Tue - Sun: 12 noon – 7 p.m. / Thu: 12 noon – 9 p.m.
Opening: Saturday, November 21, 2009, 5 – 10 p.m.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststrasse 69
10117 Berlin

Photos: Letter on the Blind, for the Use of Those Who See, 2007, (c) Javier Téllez, Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zürich

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For the use of those who see

For the use of those who see


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