Museum Folkwang
Three Birds, Seven Stories, Interpolations and Bifurcations
  • Simon Starling
  • Three Birds, Seven Stories, Interpolations and Bifurcations, 2008

  • Mixed Media, 3 Blocks of marble, 21 photographies, marble and platinum/palladium prints
  • Objektmaß 300,19 x 1004 x 500,2 cm (Gesamte Installation des Hauses)
    Objektmaß Heizkörper 117 x 89,5 x 17,5 cm
  • Acquired in 2008 with support of the Ernst und Elly Henke-Stiftung and the Folkwang-Museumsverein
  • Inv. P 306
  • CommentaryIn this work from 2008, Simon Starling – one of the most important contemporary artists (Turner Prize winner in 2005) – brings together various historical events; linking them into a narrative full of associations through spatial and visual references he stages. Past and present, document and invention are bound together and interweave in various media – architecture, sculpture, photography and film.
    In a way characteristic of the artist, the installation combines an architectural project of the German architect Eckart Muthesius from 1929 (the Indian residence Manik Bagh), the wedding of a Maharaja and the oft-filmed script ›The Indian Tombstone‹ written by Fritz Lang and Thea von Harbou in 1921 with the research on this installation which Starling presented as an exhibition in the Turin gallery building ›La Fetta di Polenta‹.
    The fragment of architecture in the Essen installation is an exact reproduction of the fifth of seven stories of the building in Turin. There, 32 black and white photographs and three stones of identical form were exhibited.
    Starling’s photographs show interior and exterior views of today’s palace. The stones are black Belgian marble, white Carrara marble and Indian marble, cut identically using a laser. These materials were chosen for the palace décor and for a group of sculptures the Maharaja commissioned from Constantin Brancusi but which were never completed.
    Starling demonstrates that a transfer of culture must always also be seen as a process of perception to which belong, on both sides – in this case Germany and India – stereotypes and misunderstandings as much as attributions and fantasies with political implications.
    The work therefore simultaneously opens a new perspective on a juxtaposition of European avant-garde and Non-European art already initiated by the founder of the Museum Folkwang, K.E. Osthaus. The relation between various cultural points of contact of the two countries (Germany and India) which Starling makes visible, makes clear the early collection history of the Museum Folkwang as expression of a specific historical and cultural constellation.
  • Provenance2008, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin
  • Obj_Id: 15,797
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 188
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Musuem Folkwang, Essen, Skulpturensammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Three Birds, Seven Stories, Interpolations and Bifurcations
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  • Obj_Dating_S: 2008
  • Jahr von: 2,008
  • Jahr bis: 2,008
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: P 306
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: P 0306
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Environment
  • Obj_Crate_S: Objektmaß 300,19 x 1004 x 500,2 cm (Gesamte Installation des Hauses)
    Objektmaß Heizkörper 117 x 89,5 x 17,5 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Mixed Media
  • Obj_Technique_S: 3 Blocks of marble, 21 photographies, marble and platinum/palladium prints
  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Mixed Media, 3 Blocks of marble, 21 photographies, marble and platinum/palladium prints
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 2008 with support of the Ernst und Elly Henke-Stiftung and the Folkwang-Museumsverein
  • Obj_PermanentLocation_S (Standort): Internal Exhibition: Sammlung 20. und 21. Jahrhundert, Neubau
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Simon Starling, 2010
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2008, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin