February 11 - April 2, 2018
From February 11, 2018, visitors of the Kunsthalle Osnabrück will find a 28 meters long frieze of more than 400 drawings on objects, books and records produced on site for the nave of the Kunsthalle. Mastrovito creates a timeline of the 21st century with this assemblage of drawings and objects which runs from 9/11 until today. Another highlight of the exhibition consists of an 18 meter long colored window-wall for the Forum of Kunsthalle Osnabrück. Inspired by the imagery and the topics of Albrecht Dürer, whose entire series of prints is part of the collection of the municipality of Osnabrück, Mastrovito tells the story of the “Melancholy of the Invisible Man”.
Visitors can experience Andrea Mastrovito's production "Symphony of a Century" as an artistic contribution to the archeology of fear: How does fear arise? Which forms does it take and who spreads it? How have we dealt with it over the centuries? How, why and where are we encountering “Angst” today? These are the questions that led the Italian artist to spend three years working on the production of "NYsferatu".
The animated film, which consists of 35,000 drawings, goes back to Fritz Murnau's "Nosferatu" from 1922. Murnau had borrowed the plot of the film from the novel "Dracula" published by Irish author Bram Stoker in 1897. While Murnau moved the story of the fearsome stranger from the East from the British Kingdom to inter-war Germany, Mastrovito transfers his story to the time of the 45th President of the USA. With his animated film, Mastrovito provides a modern history of migration and makes a statement about the horror of the unknown and the inspiring search for freedom. For producing the piece, Mastrovito was assisted by 12 draftsmen and received by “More Art”, a New York based non-profit organization that promotes collaboration between professional artists and communities.
In Osnabrück the film receives not only its German premiere, but is also shown as an installation for the first time. Andrea Mastrovito projects the film in the “nave ” of Kunsthalle Osnabrück, which is situated in a former Dominican cloister on a wall, which consists of approximately 5,000 books. The books derive from the holdings of the city library Osnabrück. Readers were called upon to select book titles on scary subjects from the library holdings and to give their recommendations for the book wall.
Andrea Mastrovito has lived in New York since 2014. "NYsferatu" was first shown in August 2017 at the Queens Museum New York and in October 2017 as part of the Rome Film Fest.
For information on New York's NYsferatu project: www.nysferatu.org
Tuesday: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday-Friday: 11 a.m. - 6p.m.
on the second Thursday of the
month: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday / Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.