Paweł Althamer’s sculptures on show at HAM Corner starting 16 February
Sculptures from Paweł Althamer’s (b. 1967) Almech series will be on display in the HAM Corner gallery on street level at Tennis Palace from 16 February onwards. The sculptures are part of the Paweł Althamer: I (am) exhibition, which showcases the Polish artist’s wide-ranging and often surprising output from more than three decades.
The Almech sculptures are of the same name as the plastic factory of the artist’s father Adam Althamer. They were completed during Althamer’s solo exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin in autumn 2011. The work was created during the exhibition, and the entire production process and machinery were visible in the gallery space the entire time.
The participants were invited to select the pedestals and even the manufacturing process, transforming them into ‘factory workers’. Each face was immortalized as a silicon impression resembling a death mask. The plastic extruded by the machine dried quickly, necessitating rapid processing.
Almech is about the deconstruction of hierarchies: the sculpted figures of financial leaders and artworld aficionados are portrayed as the equals of museumgoers and staff. Instead of being passive observers, the museumgoers are recast in the role of active participants.