Ecce Ancilla Domini!
– 22 April 2018
The introductory text on the museum website concludes with “Welcome to the hypnotic rapport”, thus launching the season at the Direktorenhaus in Berlin. The “Ecce Ancilla Domini!” exhibition presents works by contemporary artists that challenge the aesthetic sensibilities of the viewer.
In addition to work by Peter Diamond, Lauren Brevner, Peter Opheim and Nico Klein-Allermann, there are also items by the graphic designer Anton Hjertstedt on show. His experimental shapes and illustrations are described by the Direktorenhaus as “the kind of unexpected work we dream of finding”. In an interview, which is connected to his design for the Carte Blanche, in the current issue of form 276, the graduate designer Hjertstedt provides an insight into his working process: “Linked with my idea of success as creative fulfilment, I handsculpted a set of objects in virtual reality […]. For this illustration I used 3D sculpting software within Oculus Rift to create the shapes, this was then exported into another 3D application in order apply materials and textures.” Hjertstedt’s exhibited works are illustrations of his virtual graphics.
Works by the illustrator Max Guther are also on display. These reflect the everyday scenes and phenomena of our society and focus on architectural details and spatiality. In form 272, his work for the Me and EU project reflect the current relationships in the European Union.
The title of the exhibition is taken from the painting created in 1850 by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, which represents the biblical Annunciation. Rossetti was a co-founder of the Pre-Raphaelites who had strong influence on future generations, such as William Morris, and inspired European symbolism and pioneered aestheticism.