The encounter between Shannon Bool (b. 1972) and Otto Eckmann (1865 –1902) gives rise to an artistic dialogue spanning an entire century. Otto Eckmann, a graphic artist, painter, and typog-rapher, was one of the most important designers of Jugendstil, a German variant of Art Nouveau, and a key contributor to the reform movement in Germany. With his efforts to combine art and everyday design, Eckmann became an important protagonist in the founding period of the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum around 1900. After Eckmann’s untimely death in 1902, part of his estate—a total of roughly 250 works and documents—was handed over to the museum. For her works, the Canadian artist Shannon Bool collages motifs from everyday culture, fashion design, and architecture. Within the frameworks of Collection Satellite #8, she has embarked on a challenge to create new works inspired by her encounter with Eckmann. For the exhibition, Bool has developed an interior of sorts, consisting of three parts: a large-format jacquard tapestry, a marble bench, and two blown-glass floor lamps modeled after old gas lanterns. Bool’s approach to his work mixes playful and private aspects with political elements, and craft with digital production techniques. She transfers Eckmann's works into a contemporary visual language.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog in German and English (Grass Publishers, Pul-heim). Since 2018, within the frameworks of the Collection Satellite series, the Kunstmuseen Krefeld has invited artists from various disciplines to engage with the collection, history, and architecture, thus enabling ever more surprising perspectives on the museum and its history. Curator: Magdalena Holzhey
Since 2018 the Kunstmuseen Krefeld’s Collection Satellite series invites artists from various disciplines to engage in an innovative dialogue with the museum’s collections, its history, and the architecture of its three buildings: the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Haus Lange, and Haus Esters.
Ed. Magdalena Holzhey, Katia Baudin
With an interview Shannon Bool / Magdalena Holzhey and a text by Estelle Hoy
Design: studio tino graß, Brauweiler
104 pages, 30 illustrations
15 × 24 cm, softcover
Museums edition 18,50 Euro, Bookshop edition 23,00 Euro
Grass Publishers 2022
Shortly before the end of the run of Collection Satellite #8, artist Shannon Bool and exhibition curator Dr. Magdalena Holzhey talk about their engagement with the collection works of the Art Nouveau graphic artist Otto Eckmann. In advance, the exhibition can be visited in the presence of the two.
To kick off K+ Eat Art, artists Julius Metzger and Moritz Englebert will simultaneously invite visitors to the bar with drinks and snacks specially designed for K+.
Museum live erleben mit Stadtwerke Krefeld AG (SWK) und Sparkasse Krefeld
Museum live erleben“, so lautet das Motto unserer beliebten Veranstaltungs- reihe KunstImPuls an jedem ersten Donnerstag im Monat, möglich durch die Unterstützung der Stadtwerke Kre- feld AG (SWK) und der Sparkasse Kre- feld. Erleben Sie spannende Führungen, kreative Workshops, Live-Musik und mehr, das alles bei freiem Eintritt.