Josef Tal – Atelier from: Grünanlage (Green Area), 2021
Museum Ludwig, Cologne 3.9.2021 – 9.1.2022
© Boaz Kaizman
On the anniversary year “2021: 1700 Years of Jewish Life in Germany,” the Museum Ludwig has invited the artist Boaz Kaizman (born in 1962 in Tel Aviv, has lived and worked in Cologne since 1993) to develop a new work. The video installation Grünanlage (Green Area) comprises sixteen new videos in seven large projections across two walls. It will be presented in the large exhibition hall at the Museum Ludwig spanning around 200 square meters.
Selected passages from individual videos can be heard in the exhibition space; at the same time, visitors can listen to the videos using headphones. Landscapes represent a common visual element between the works. Most of these are green areas in Cologne, places of functional and urbanized nature, and thus remain indefinite, between urban and natural space.
Kaizman bases his installation on his own experience. He is shown doing everyday activities—on the way to his studio, preparing meals, or jogging in the park. He also reflects on the artistic process by recapitulating his previous work from the thematic perspective of Jewish life in the past and present and integrating it into the installation in the form of short quotations. Thus, in a mediated way, Jewish life in Germany becomes the self-evident center of Kaizman’s new work without being its explicit topic. With his work, Kaizman inquires into the possibility of memory, the presence of history, and the form in which it is inscribed in life stories.