The New Kunstverein Giessen built in 1938 was formerly used as a pavillion and kiosk before its recent incarnation as an art space. The title of the installation refers to a social housing project built in 1975 at Kottbusser Tor in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin. From the beginning the " New Kreuzberg Centre" social housing project was beset with misguided town planning and corruption. The local population resisted the town plan of 1975, but to no avail.
For his piece "Kottbusser Kiosk" 2013, Pfahler remakes the cladding of the facade at the Kreuzberg Centre. A miniaturized fragment of the facade is reproduced using fragile materials. The facade, much bigger than the Kunstverein itself had to be folded to fit into the smaller pavillion. A hatch in the facade echoes that of the pavilion, thus denoting an idea of exchange. Pfahler has created a kiosk within a kiosk.
Kottbusser Kiosk
Neuer Kunstverein Giessen 2013
metal, cardboard, epoxy resin
250 x 350 x 60 cm