The renovation of the listed building of the Kunsthalle Rostock in 2020 represents for the museum a moment of upheaval, pause, farewell and new beginning at the same time. Rostock is thus preserving an important symbol of the museum and urban development of the GDR from 1969. At the same time, the idea of developing an installation that takes up this upheaval in terms of content and forms a bridge to the history of the Kunsthalle Rostock is being developed together with the Berlin based artist Andrea Pichl.
For this, the sculptor used discarded architectural fragments from the exterior and interior of the Kunsthalle Rostock and reassembled them in the form of a newspaper kiosk of the Deutsche Post newspaper distribution from the 1970s. This approach, typical of Andrea Pichl, illustrates her intense involvement with the architecture of so-called Eastern Modernism.
The bilingual catalog details the creation of the artwork and the artist's associated photographic projects. In addition, a chronology of the building embeds it in the history of the Kunsthalle. Contributions by German and international authors illuminate aspects of construction, art history, and cultural history in an international context.