April 25, 2012

Deutsche Bank honors “Artist of the Year 2012” Roman Ondák with a solo-exhibition

Roman Ondák: do not walk outside this area from April 26 through June 18, 2012 at the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin

Deutsche Bank honors Roman Ondák, the “Artist of the Year 2012”, with a solo-exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin.

From April 26 through June 18, 2012, the exhibition Roman Ondák: do not walk outside this area presents an spectacular installation conceived specifically for the exhibition space as well as eight installations and works on paper that will be shown in Berlin for the first time.

Travelling, moving through space and time, is a continuous theme in Ondák’s work. This is the case in do not walk outside this area, a project the artist conceived specifically for his “Artist of the Year” exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim. The path through the installation leads via the original wing of a Boeing 737-500, which enjoins two exhibition rooms like a bridge. In both rooms, works on paper and installations are devoted to the theme of “travel”. One of them is Balancing at the Toe of the Boot, 2010, a series of seven postcards and sixteen fictional newspaper articles based on a trip to Calabria. To reach the second part of the exhibition, the visitor walks over the wing in the area marked: “Do not walk outside this area,” entering the unreachable surface that otherwise can only be seen out of the window of an aircraft cabin.

On the recommendation of the Deutsche Bank Global Art Advisory Council, consisting of the renowned curators Okwui Enwezor, Hou Hanru, Udo Kittelmann and Nancy Spector, the bank honors contemporary artists who address social issues in their own, unique way and have created an extraordinary oeuvre in which works on paper or photography play an important role. After Wangechi Mutu (2010) and Yto Barrada (2011), Roman Ondák is the Deutsche Bank “Artist of the Year” for 2012.

For further information, please call:

Deutsche Bank AG    

Press & Media Relations   
Dr. Klaus Winker    
Phone: +49 (0) 69 910 32249 
E-mail: klaus.winker@db.com  

Corporate Citizenship Art
Britta Färber
Phone: +49 (0) 69 910 35960
E-Mail: britta.faerber@db.com

Deutsche Guggenheim
Sara Bernshausen
Phone: +49 (0) 30 20209314
E-mail: sara.bernshausen@db.com

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