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Kesselhaus Josephsohn
Galerie Felix Lehner AG
Kesselhaus Josephsohn
Galerie Felix Lehner AG

Josephsohn in Rome
Kairos e Kronos, curated by Lorenzo Benedetti

July 18, 2019 to November 03, 2019

Kairos and Chronos, a conceptual pair from antiquity, denote two different understandings of time. “Chronos” refers to the regularly flowing, measurable passage of time, which is also reflected in the process of aging of human beings and the cultural monuments created by them: in the decay of palaces into ruins, in the weathering of surfaces, and also in the change in how art and its movements are perceived over the course of development of art history. “Kairos,” in contrast, denotes the propitious moment when a decision is made, personified as the god of the good fortune of finding the right moment. In the context of art, “Kairos” can also be read as a moment of inspiration or as truly contemporary art, which is immediately lined up in the chronological course of art history and is once again assimilated by the respectively current art.



The exhibition Kairos e Kronos brings various positions in contemporary art into dialogue with the archeological ruins of the imperial palace of ancient times on the Palatine Hill, the hill located next to the Colosseum that, constantly settled for 3000 years, is considered to be the oldest part of Rome. The curator, Lorenzo Benedetti, thus examines the compatibility of contemporary art with the historical dimension of our culture. Within the context of the curatorial concept, the timeless and yet very contemporary sculptures of Josephsohn fit with great naturalness into the ruins of the palace of the Roman emperor—almost as if recent excavations have just taken place, as if Emperor Augustus already surrounded himself in his villa with a group of large, late half-figures by Josephsohn.



Opening on July 18, 2019, 6 p.m.

Exhibition until November 3, 2019

Palatino, Via di San Gregorio 30, Roma
organized by Electa

With Nina Beier, Catherine Biocca, Fabrizio Cotognini, Hans Josephsohn, Ra di Martino, Dario d’Aronco, Jimmie Durham, Kasia Fudakowski, Giuseppe Gabbellone, Oliver Laric, Cristina Lucas, Matt Mullican, Hans Op de Beeck, Giovanni Ozzola, Fernando Sachez Castillo