Submarine Wharf 2012: Sarkis - Ballads


Submarine Wharf (Onderzeebootloods op RDM Rotterdam)
RDM-straat 1
3089 JS Rotterdam

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2 June 2012 - 30 September 2012

This summer the Submarine Wharf in Rotterdam plays host for the third time to an extraordinary exhibition. At the invitation of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Port of Rotterdam, the Turkish-Armenian artist Sarkis created a poetic installation measuring almost 5,000m2 on the RDM campus. 'Ballads' combines light, music, video, sculptures, a carillon and a library. All the elements in Sarkis' work support the musical narrative, in which the visitor plays a leading role. The exhibition is a total experience of color and music, which begins the second you enter the Submarine Wharf.

Sarkis (1938), who was born in Istanbul and currently lives in Paris, made a poetic installation entitled 'Ballads'. Inspired by the church interiors of 17th century Dutch painter Pieter Saenredam, Sarkis transformed the wharf into a sacred meeting place. The format of the space, the special lighting and the sound of a carillon with 43 bells creates a hallowed atmosphere.

Last summer Elmgreen & Dragset staged their installation 'The One & the Many' in the Submarine Wharf and in 2010 the space was the setting for a major exhibition of works by Atelier Van Lieshout.


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