Art is not only reserved for museums. In public spaces, too, more and more works of art or installations can be observed. The young art association EBENE B1 Taunusanlage has also set itself the task of bringing contemporary art into public space. An unusual location was chosen: the S-Bahn station Taunusanlage. Here for example already during the last Luminale installations were to be seen. Now a new exhibition has been opened at the S-Bahn station: KASACHSTAN by the Frankfurt artist Heide Weidele. On Tuesday, 26 March, the artist was honoured in the context of her exhibition on the occasion of her 75th birthday. Peter Wöste, first chairman of the Kunstverein, welcomed the numerous friends of the artist and creative artist from Frankfurt. The laudation was held by David Dilmaghani, office manager of the Department of Culture and Science.
„At a location like the B-level of Frankfurt's S-Bahn station Taunusanlage hardly anyone suspects contemporary art. To celebrate her 75th birthday, Heide Weidele surprises us once again at this unusual location with her ever-new innovative creations, whose appeal lies in the combination of sculptural stringency with ironic wit and cheerful exuberance“, congratulated Cultural Director Ina Hartwig of the Frankfurt artist on her birthday.
Weidele has lived in Frankfurt since 1971. The former bookseller studied at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach and at the Städelschule. In addition to various teaching assignments, she was a visiting professor at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. Her works are known from numerous solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad.
With her current exhibition KASACHSTAN Heide Weidele presents a new series of light sculptures. The Frankfurt artist is known for her spatial objects consisting of plastic finds. The materials, which often originate from their earlier installations, are constantly reused. For KAZAKHSTAN, Weidele was guided by associations that connect her with the country she never visited: “Steppe land, sparsely populated, poor country with the world's largest space station, Baikonur.“
The attraction of the works lies in the interplay of technoid sculptures with ironic wit and a colorful exuberance. While in the past it was primarily the material, everyday objects made of plastic, that formed the inner context of her works, the artist is breaking new ground with the current exhibition. Here, for the first time, a thematic context is the focus of her works: KAZAKHSTAN, barren steppes and a high-tech space station at the same time.
Already with the first exhibition „in situ b1“ by the Frankfurt artist Monika Linhard, the Kunstverein EBENE B1, founded in 2017, has attracted attention. Four experimental light installations followed on the occasion of the Luminale 2018. In the second half of 2018 the exhibition rooms were revised. Since November 2018 the Kunstverein has started its regular exhibition program. The Kunstverein EBENE B1 curates four exhibitions a year in the art spaces of the S-Bahn station Taunusanlage.
The rooms of the Kunstverein are located in the two access buildings of the S-Bahn station Taunusanlage and are open 24 hours a day, admission is free.