Since his studies at the Frankfurt Städelschule, Michael Riedel has designed invitations and posters to announce his exhibitions, performances, and other events. The invitation as such has always been an integral part of his artistic strategy, and it is his means to enter the history of art. The invitation as oeuvre and, at the same time, as gesture, opens up a broad sphere from poster to card, and from song all the way to a transcribed telephone conversation. Each one of these invitations represents an art event – irrespective whether one has seen it or not. 80 different postcards with installation and location photography serve as counterparts to the announcements and exemplify the advertised events.
In his solo-show at the Kunstverein Braunschweig, all of Michael Riedel’s invitations that he has designed between 1997 and today will be shown and linked to their associated contents for the first time. By concentrating on the invitation as such, Michael Riedel’s presentation acquires a special focus and, simultaneously, allows for extensive insight into Riedel’s multifaceted artistic output. Moreover the artist makes the exhibition space itself his subject and interfuses the entire architecture of the Villa Salve Hospes with his notion of an exhibition-display.
Curated by: Jule Hillgärtner / Curatorial assistance: Aline Fieker
The exhibition Besuchte und nicht besuchte Ausstellungen [Einladungen 1997-2015] has been made possible by:
Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur