Dennis Adams

Dennis Adams: Bus Shelter XII
Shattered Glass / The Confessions of Philip Johnson
using a portrait photograph of Philip Johnson 1998 by Satoshi Saikusa
Installation for the anniversary of the Kunsthalle Bielefeld

This work was created by the artist Dennis Adams in 2018 for Kunsthalle Bielefeld on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. The almost five-meter long, three-meter wide and two-meter high, nested bus shelter is part of a series of bus stops Adams began in 1983. The installation of steel, aluminium, glass and two monitors was produced at the Arnold production site in Friedrichsdorf, Hesse.

The large-format portrait shows Philip Johnson, the architect of the Kunsthalle Bielefeld. With his typical circular glasses, the Pritzker Prize winner now looks at the cultural life of the city. Sentences (confessions) appear on two monitors mounted behind shattered glass panes, which are played back as a film. They are partly quotations, partly confessions invented by Adams.

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