Lobby / Office Piece
Exchange & Transform (Arbeitstitel)
Kunstverein MünchenLobby / Office Piece
This project entails adapting the lobby of the Kunstverein Munchen for the Office of the Organisation for Young Artists in Budapest, and involves a circulation of energy, ideas, opportunities and resources.
Kunstverein München and the Office in Budapest share many ambitions, such as the wish to mediate art and to create a meeting place for people interested in art and artists. Also architecturally, the lobby space in München and the central space of the organization in Budapest bare parallels.
Instead of creating new ideas and a new design, Lobby / Office Piece for Budapest emphasizes on principles of circulation and reciprocity as the basis of economic and artistic exchange. It finds its roots in the setting up of an artists exchange program between Budapest and Rotterdam based artists (which started in 1999 and of which Bik Van der Pol were the co-initiators).
The involvement of all parties, physical or financial, has become part of the project and is therefore indispensable: The Kunstverein München invited Bik Van der Pol to participate in this exhibition.
Apolonija Sustersics who designed the lobby of Kunstverein München has generously supported this project by allowing Bik van der Pol to copy her
design and install this inside the exhibition space at KunstVerein München. The physical work has been done by the artists in collaboration with Budapest based artists Gabor Kerekes, Gergo Kovacs and Tamas Kaszas. The Centre of Visual Arts in Rotterdam and the Mondriaan Foundation supported parts of the research and production of the project. And after the end of the exhibition in München, the Organization of Young Artists transported the piece to Budapest, where in a joint effort and after a thorough renovation of the space by Bik Van der Pol and the artists from the Organisation of Young Artists, it is now installed and taken into operation.
Lobby / Office Piece
opening Office-Piece Budapest