GREGOR SCHNEIDER

Gregor Schneider in conversation with Tony Bond, Assistant Director and Head Curator of International Art at the Art Gallery of NSW.

German artist Gregor Schneider’s work focuses on the creation of uncanny architectural environments, cavernous depths and labyrinths that evoke a dark individual or collective psyche. Some of his well-known projects include Weisse Folter (2007) in Düsseldorf, Artangel commission, Die Familie Schneider (2004) in London, and Kaldor Public Art Project 16, 21 beach cells (2007) in which the artist transformed Sydney’s iconic Bondi Beach. Since 1985, he has been compulsively refiguring a former residential block in Rheydt, Germany, into a work he has named Totes Haus Ur (Dead house Ur). Rooms within rooms, crawl spaces, paths leading to dead ends, cellars, blocked doors and dark, forgotten avenues behind walls and under floors now make up the house. No longer a home, it has become a place of confinement, confusion and dislocation. In 1996, Schneider began to transport rooms from the house to exhibitions in different locations around the world, most memorably for the German pavilion at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001. As part of the new display in the Contemporary Galleries, opening 2 June 2012, some of these rooms will come to the Art Gallery of NSW. Like being in the house in Rheydt, the experience of being in these spaces leaves visitors feeling unsure of where there are and what they are seeing. Join Tony Bond and Gregor Schneider in a discussion about this new site-specific commission, in collaboration with the John Kaldor Family collection.