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The deliberately rudimentary materials used by Ian Kiaer are in marked contrast with the complex, fragmented narrative they generate. This artist usually creates very small-format works whose strange combinations are home to subtle linkages. For "Endless House" project: convalescence/Kortrijk Kiaer has drawn on Thomas Mann’s "Magic Mountain", which recounts the way convalescents in a sanatorium high in the Swiss Alps see the world "down there". Based on a proposal made by the artist to a hospital in Belgium, the work looks at the world from the point of view of someone who is unwell, a distressing starting point which nonetheless offers an alternative to the self-confidence that comes with physical health: the artist’s fragile objects – limp balloons and models resulting from alpine architecture sketches by theoretician/architect Bruno Taut – come together to form a potential place of encounter in which the spectacular closes inward on itself.

With the support of Alison Jacques Gallery, London.

Ian KIAER
Endless House project: convalescence / Kortrijk, 2008
Photos: Blaise Adilon
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Cape: contemporary African art, Cape Town (South Africa)
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Liverpool Biennial (UK)
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Berlin Biennial (Germany)
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Documenta (Germany)
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Munster Skulptur Projekt, Munster (Germany)
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Biennale of Sydney (Australia)
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Mercosul, Porto Alegre (Brazil)
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Biennale de Montreal (Canada)
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GZ Triennale, Guangzhou (China)
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Sharjah Biennial (United Arab Emirates)
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Biennale du Havre (France)
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Les ateliers de Rennes (France)
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Athens Biennial (Greece)
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Tapei Biennial (Taïwan)
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Istanbul Biennial (Turkey)
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