Bergen Kunsthall – Magali Reus

From 3 November until 7 January, Bergen Kunsthall presents Hot Cottons, Dutch artist Magali Reus’ first solo exhibition in Scandinavia and her largest solo exhibition to date. The exhibition features a comprehensive group of new sculptures, presented within a bespoke exhibition architecture that reveals itself through a series of spatial chapters.

The exhibition consists of several new series of works. One, titled Sentinel, shares certain characteristic features with fire extinguishers. Hanging on the wall and set strictly beside each entrance or doorway, each is poised as if it might be a functional part of the interior. Another series, titled Hwael, employs the visual language of both classical decorative ironwork and modular frameworks. These are distributed through the exhibition galleries in the rhetorical manner of a fragmented whale skeleton. The effect is ruinous, yet in progress. Mounted on the skeletal frameworks, the visual motif of a backpack acts as a signifier for the transport of goods of an undefined content. As a thing the bag represents a kind of typological form whose manifestations, despite endless variations, also share certain mutual properties: its bodily connection, the outside shell of acting as protective membrane for the non-uniform content of its insides.

The extensive production of new works that makes up Hot Cottons will also appear in her subsequent exhibition at the South London Gallery in 2018.

The Mondriaan Fund contributed with a Project Grant for Artists for the production of new work by Magali Reus. Bergen Kunsthall received a Grant for International Presentations for the travel, accomodation and transport costs.

In 2015, Magali Reus won the Prix de Rome.