Kader Attia. Architecture of Memory

05.11.2017 bis 21.01.2018

The Franco-Algerian artist Kader Attia (b. 1970 in Dugny, département Seine-St-Denis, near Paris) is a special and radical artist whose works, based on profound ethnological, sociological and philosophical research have great aesthetic power and a lofty ethical dimension.

The room installation ‘The Repair from Occident to Extra-Occidental Cultures’, which was shown in 2012 at documenta 13 and attracted wide international attention, represented the first time Attia had devoted himself to his (subsequently) central theme. History and progress are understood as an endless sequence of repairs. Whether he demonstrates the patched-up artefacts of non-Western cultures or the Western-modern idea of repair as the creation of an ideal of perfection – Kader Attia reproduces the ongoing process of injury and repair as a universal human principle.

In this process, Attia understands the public platform of the museum as a forum of political responsibility. A central topos is the influence of colonialism on Western and non-Western cultures and the resulting process of cultural and material expropriation and re-appropriation. In his artistic tours de force, as emotional as they are intellectual, Attia combines aspiration with effect, ethics with aesthetics, in an unparalleled fashion. As a result, he is seen as one of the most important artists of the present age.
In collaboration with the artist, the Ludwig Museum is presenting a series of selected works. Sponsored by the Peter und Irene Ludwig Stiftung.