The Eternity of the Night
How to represent the infinite, the inexplicable, the mystery of the night?
In his fifth exhibition at Galerie Kuckei + Kuckei, Miguel Rothschild (b. 1963) seeks to explore these questions. Distributed around the darkened exhibition space are three sculptures made of safety glass, whose forms, illuminated by spotlights, are evocative of sacred architecture. Comprising various triangles and pentagons, each sculpture is configured to suggest a circular shape. The circle as a symbol of the eternal or infinite. Regular pentagons form a basic figure in which the ratio of the golden section (proportio divina) appears repeatedly. The triangle itself is understood in various religions as a metaphorical representation of the divine.
Miguel Rothschild used a hammer to create a number of visible, star-shaped fractures in the glass of the sculptures. The focused lighting illuminates these “stars,” which are reflected in myriad ways in the interior of the sculptures. The sculptures jut upwards while their reflections draw the eye downward into the depths. The visibility of the hammer blows in the glass makes it impossible to avoid the violence of their creation. Poetry and tragedy are thus united in all three sculptures. As in his earlier works Revelation (2011) or Absolution (2010), Rothschild forges a connection in this new series of works between the sacred and the profane, the divine and the earthly.
Smaller framed pictures form a dialogue with the sculptures. Installed on the wall, they act like windows in the room. Presented are photographs of starry skies framed with safety glass. Here, too, Rothschild processed, cut, and broke the glass. Created are drawings in the glass that allude to the vaults of various monasteries and cathedrals. While observing the works, it’s almost as if a view into the heavens is opened from the interiors of these religious spaces. The lines created by the marks and cuts in the glass are reflected in the photo, linking together the various stars and also revealing new, self-generated constellations.
Another large-scale starry sky is silkscreened onto a reflective fabric. But in this work, unlike in reality, the night sky is bright and the stars are dark or even deep black.
The exhibition operates between the natural and the supernatural, between the visibility of the works and the invisibility of the spiritual order, offering viewers the possibility to ascend into the eternity of the night.
Miguel Rothschild was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1963. He lives and works in Berlin. His works are featured in numerous public collections and museums in South America, Europe, and Asia including the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; Malba, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano, Buenos Aires; MAMBA, Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires; DZ Bank Art Collection, Frankfurt; CGAC, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela; Jewish Museum, Berlin; Museum Foundation Carmignac, Porquerolles; Hermès Art Collection, Paris and Rin Art Foundation, Tokyo.