Art in the museum and living nature seem to be in contradiction. The so-called Lettner-room of the cathedral museum is dominated by the monumental sandstone choir screen that separated the cathedral chapter room from the lay room in the cathedral. Almost 500 years ago, sculptors used inanimate material to create a picture wall that focuses on the crucified Christ as the epitome of human hope for redemption.
With the delicate transparent structures of the Ukrainian-born artist Aljoscha, objects invade this space, their irregular shapes echoing the dynamic growth of organic nature. The artist sees his works as sculptural beings that remind people of their integration into a large biological context.
In this way, they also make it possible to shift the centre of gravity when viewing the rood screen. The many-figured New and Old Testament scenes are framed by lush tendrils that cover all the architectural elements. The columns and candelabra grow out of fleshy leaves and large scallop shells backdrop the biblical figures. Understanding nature as a framework and prerequisite for life combines old and new art in this constellation.
Artist talk: March 31, 2022, 5pm in the exhibition space.