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Carsten Höller - Rentier im Zöllnerstreifenwald and SOMA

Carsten Höller’s exhibition “Rentier im Zöllnerstreifenwald,” on display at the Project Space of the Ernst Schering Foundation, is a cooperation with the Berlin National Gallery. In the context of his extensive solo exhibition, SOMA, at the National Gallery’s Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art, Berlin, the artist developed his new work Rentier rot-grün (Reindeer red-green) for the Ernst Schering Foundation, continuing his artistic exploration of the phi-phenomenon, which he began in 2001. 1_Bambi_Carsten Höller

The phi-phenomenon refers to the perception of a non-existent movement, which is generated in the eye by rapidly switching on and off the light in two fixed light sources. The viewer sees a third point between the two fixed light points, which appears to jump between the two poles.

After the exhibition closes, the Ernst Schering Foundation will donate the work Rentier rot-grün as a gift to the collection of the National Gallery Berlin. The Foundation also supports the more extensive presentation of Carsten Höller’s work at the Hamburger Bahnhof. As part of its focus on “artistic research,” the Ernst Schering Foundation thus seeks to honour an artist who is one of the most important international artists working at the interface with science and who already in the early 1990s began to realize the experiment as a process in his artistic works.

From November 5, 2010 to February 6, 2011, the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum for Contemporary Art, Berlin, shows Carsten Höller’s solo exhibition SOMA. In search of fulfilment, Höller explores the myth of Soma, a salutary potion promising knowledge, immortality, and access to the sphere of the divine. Before the suspector's face, the artist develops a room-filling "tableau vivant“ between science and art, that confronts the visitors with questions, which the human beings are dealing with since time immemorial—just also in their artistic productivity: What kind of welfare promise is immanent in the art? Which role does the science have in our society, which one the myth? Whereby we get knowledge and what forms of perception are really at our disposal?

Carsten Höller
Rentier im Zöllnerstreifenwald (Reindeer in a forest of Zöllner Stripes)

Exhibition dates in the Project Space of the Ernst Schering Foundation:
October 29, 2010 until January 8, 2011 (closed Dec 24/25/31, 2010 and Jan 01, 2011)
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Carsten Höller

Exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum for Contemporary Art, Berlin:
November 5, 2010 until February 6, 2011
For more information please consult the website of the SOMA exhibition.



1. Carsten Höller: Bambi, 2006
Glühlampen, digitale Steuerung, Kunststoff-Fassungen, Kabel, geschweißter Stahldraht
70 x 30 x 70 centimeters
Photo: Marc Domage
Courtesy the artist and Air de Paris

2. Carsten Höller: Soma Series I, 2008
C-prints on Alu-Dibond, wood, acrylic glass frames
101 x 114 centimeters (image size), 129 x 140 centimeters (paper size), 129 x 140 x 4.6 centimeters (frame size)
Courtesy Esther Schipper, Berlin
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

2_Soma Series_Carsten Höller

Project Space

Address: Unter den Linden 32-34 | 10117 Berlin Opening hours during exhibitions:Thursday through Monday, 1 - 7 p.m. | Admission is free Since 2009, the Ernst Schering Foundation has ...