Installation View

Georges Adéagbo: La lumière qui fait le bonheur…

Beninese artist Georges Adéagbo has a solo show at KINDL Berlin. Curated by Kathrin Becker in cooperation with Stephan Köhler its his most extensive solo exhibition to date. Take a look at the installation here.

Georges Adéagbo. La lumière qui fait le bonheur… Installation view Maschinenhaus M2, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin © Georges Adéagbo / VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2021. Foto: Jens Ziehe, 2021© Georges Adéagbo / VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2021  Foto: Jens Ziehe, 2021

The assemblages by Georges Adéagbo follow the life courses and fates of people using the traces they leave behind: objects and documents attest to encounters and individual decisions. By having craftsmen in Benin produce paintings and sculptures based on photos and printed items collected on his travels, the artist opens up new perspectives on the seemingly familiar and challenges visitors to examine clichéd ideas and stereotypes.

Adéagbo’s installations are always site-specific and dissolve hierarchies: all things are of equal importance to him. In his work, phenomena from pop culture transport stories just as much as canonised high culture: antiques from Benin can be found alongside “airport kitsch”, records by Beethoven alongside carnival music, commissioned oil paintings alongside reproductions from art history.

Georges Adéagbo. La lumière qui fait le bonheur… Installation view Maschinenhaus M2, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin © Georges Adéagbo / VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2021. Foto: Jens Ziehe, 2021

Georges Adéagbo. La lumière qui fait le bonheur… Installation view Maschinenhaus M2, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin © Georges Adéagbo / VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2021. Foto: Jens Ziehe, 2021© Georges Adéagbo / VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2021 
Foto: Jens Ziehe, 2021

Georges Adéagbo. La lumière qui fait le bonheur… Installation view Maschinenhaus M2, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin © Georges Adéagbo / VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2021. Foto: Jens Ziehe, 2021© Georges Adéagbo / VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2021 
Foto: Jens Ziehe, 2021

Georges Adéagbo. La lumière qui fait le bonheur… Installation view Maschinenhaus M2, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin © Georges Adéagbo / VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2021. Foto: Jens Ziehe, 2021© Georges Adéagbo / VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2021 
Foto: Jens Ziehe, 2021

Georges Adéagbo. La lumière qui fait le bonheur… Installation view Maschinenhaus M2, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin © Georges Adéagbo / VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2021. Foto: Jens Ziehe, 2021© Georges Adéagbo / VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2021 
Foto: Jens Ziehe, 2021

 

Georges Adéagbo: La lumière qui fait le bonheur…at KINDL Berlin is on view through 25 July 2021. 

Please reserve a timed ticket to visit the exhibitions and observe the Hygiene and Protective Measures as well as the current incidence situation in Berlin, on which the opening of the house depends.

 


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