Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany 

25 January - 2 February 2015 

Natascha Sadr Haghighians work NICHTS IST WO ES MAL WAR will be opening on 25 January 2015 at 3 p.m, at Städtisches Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach.

As part of the occassion of the 25th anniversary of the Kunststiftung NRW, the initiative „25/25/25“ brings 25 international artists together with 25 municipal museums throughout the country to increase public awareness about the importance of the museums in North Rhine-Westphalia. Selected artists were asked to develop a new work of art that reflects the profile of the museum from an encounter with each respective collection. This "portrait" comes into the possession of the associative museum and is shown with public billboard posters for 20 days in those cities.


Museum Abteiberg receives a "portrait" by the artist Natascha Sadr Haghighian. It is a six-piece outdoor advertising poster with a historic city view of Mönchengladbach from the time of the economic boom of the textile industry and includes smoking chimneys in front of the old abbey hill and the new steam railway between Mönchengladbach and Rheydt which opened in 1852. Parts of the image are reversed and twisted, like puzzle pieces that do not fit. But the words on the six elements read well: NOTHING IS WHERE IT ONCE WAS. The billboard poster is presented in the city from January 23 to February 2. From January 25 to to March 8, there will be a billboard in the garden of the museum placed in front of the terrace of the painting class. In the museum, the six parts of the poster are folded and provided as a take-away.


Natascha Sadr Haghighian has put together a six-part poster showing an historical graphic/print/drawing of Mönchengladbach from the days of the boom in the textile industry. The chimneys are smoking, and a steam engine crosses the picture on the rail line between Mönchengladbach and Rheydt, which first went into service in 1852. But the various parts of the picture are not in their place; it looks as though the bill sticker got them mixed up. The lettering, on the other hand, does yield a grammatically correct sentence: NICHTS IST WO ES MAL WAR ("NOTHING IS WHERE IT ONCE WAS”). Simultaneously, the poster will be hung on a partition screen in the park at the Museum Abteiberg. The six parts of the poster also lie folded like stacked clothing in the museum’s exhibition room, where each visitor can take a copy of the singles parts of the poster with them. Between January 23 and February 12 the posters will also be appliquéd on public billboards in Mönchengladbach. Subsequent to the presentation of the work piece there will be an artist talk between Natascha Sadr Haghighian and Dr. Inke Arns, director Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dortmund.


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January 25, 2015