Postponed to February 2022
Freezing Point - Kunst unter Null Grad Celsius
(Art Below Zero Degrees Celsius)
Valentino Biagio Berndt and Marlon Lanziner, Marja Helander, Sally Kindberg, Anastasia Mityukova, Carsten Nicolai, Emma Stibbon, Fridolin Walcher, Jun Yang and others
Upon dropping below the temperature threshold of zero degrees Celsius, water changes from a liquid state to the solid form of ice or snow. It is a matter of nothing other than the natural course of things. Nevertheless frozen water is simultaneously a fascinating phenomenon in all its facets and even has the potential to cast a spell on the observer. For centuries, depictions of ice and snow have had an established place in the visual arts. The group exhibition brings together contemporary positions on the theme.
From scientific aggregate state to landscape of romantic yearning past the forces of nature and expeditions by adventurers all the way to the history of ice cream, there exists a wide spectrum of themes which present themselves for discussion in the works on display. The theme, however, acquires a new and disconcerting impact in view of climate change and the world’s ever more apparent dependency on the disappearing ice at the North and South Poles.
As a prelude to the group exhibition, a one cubic meter block of ice was already buried on November 24, 2020 in a first event entitled "The Ice of the Emperors of China" in Merkelpark.
The 1,000 litre block of ice was packed in a wooden crate, insulated with straw, sunk into the ground and covered with soil. In spring 2021, the ice block will be dug up again as part of a spring festival. The burial was accompanied by video documentation and reports on social media channels.
It is an event initiated by the Austrian-Chinese artist Jun Yang. It is based on the myth that Marco Polo had brought back to Europe the knowledge of how to make ice cream for consumption and how to preserve it until the summer.
Curator: Anka Wenzel