For years, the 800-year-old St. Leonhardskirche, a listed building, was closed for restoration. Recently, this art historical gem on the Main river has been reopened to the public. Archaeological finds discovered during the restoration work beneath the church floor, were put on show in the cathedral museum. This exhibition will run until the beginning of March.
For the Luminale, Cologne artist Ulrich Wagner takes up the idea of exposure and layering in a calm, minimalist work. For the church, he developed a picture panel approximately 6 x 3m made of pigmented paper pulp, which is suspended from the gallery and illuminated with ultraviolet light. It shows – in relief-like layers – the floor plan of the church, overlaid and underlaid with other architectural structures. These all refer to the history and urban structures of Frankfurt, thus interweaving the church closely with the city's history.
In his work, Wagner combines ordinary and fluorescent daylight pigments, so that, depending on the lighting, strong variances in the effect of the work arise and different layers come to the fore.
Ulrich Wagner's oeuvre covers a wide range – from works on paper and art books to room-filling light installations in which the viewer is completely immersed. The examination of spatial structures is always the starting point. Wagner was a master student of Eduardo Paolozzi and developed his typical artistic signature from architectural forms, floor plans and grid plans, in which he layers the spatial signs to form complex structures.
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