THERE IS A GHOST IN THE ROOM. For Sure!

24 November 2024–25 January 2026

Our reflection suddenly dissolves into nothingness (Heidundgriess, ghosting (myself), 2024). Musical instruments play as if by magic (Anri Sala, Names in the Doldrums, 2014). Fast camera cuts and unsettling sounds draw us under the spell of a young woman's dizzying nightmare (Maya Deren and Alexander Hackenschmied, Meshes of the Afternoon, 1943). While David Hockney's delicate etchings "Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm" (1970) transport us into the bizarre fairytale world of an enchanted castle, we hear a strange noise from afar (Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster class, Düsseldorf Art Academy). We follow it and see a human shadow on the wall. Is it our own or are we not alone (Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Séance de Shadow II (bleu), 1998)? At night in the dark, we sharpen our senses. Inconspicuous noises, such as the creaking of the wooden floor or the creaking of the door, suddenly become unmistakable and possible signs of impending danger. The grey-black projection screen of the night provides space for the mysterious and eerie. Wide awake, we try to categorise and interpret the stimuli that are coming at us in the semi-darkness. There is a ghost in the room. With certainty!

Curated by Alexander Grönert and Judith Waldmann

Artists

Anri Sala, Ari Benjamin Meyers, David Hockney, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Francesca Woodman, Fynn Bierik, Heidundgriess, James Lee Byars, Jo Gijsen, Isabell Kamp, Klasse Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf), Maya Deren und Alexander Hammid, Swinda Oelke.