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Vajiko Chachkhiani

Heavy Metal Honey

29 June to 7 October 2018

The works of Vajiko Chachkhiani are characterized by their intelligent conception and an often quiet, substantive, and aesthetic poetry – and occasionally also melancholy. On the finely balanced interface between the reality of the outside world and the inner human psyche, they delve into existential questions of life, human perception, and the culture of remembrance. Often only at a second, more intense glance does the viewer participate in the thoughts and research of the Georgian artist. Allegories of everyday life are ostensibly retold with familiar images, only to be subtly broken by unexpected artistic interventions. His individual works – films, sculptures, performances, photographs, and large-scale installations – are characterized in their overall compositions by a dense narration that suggests various tracks and interweaves everything in dramaturgical density.

The materials of his works emphasize historical references, as well as the bond with his homeland, which occasionally leaves its mark on his oeuvre. Whereas, for example, at first glance, some of his films may appear to be documentary, they elude clear decipherability and, upon closer examination, reveal a subtle, multiple-historical, and suggestive power. For a brief moment, Chachkhiani stops the wheel of time and history and offers the viewer a metaphorical (overall) image, which often focuses on vanishing and changing / transforming and, upon ‘immersion’, reveals multi-layered narrative strands.

For the exhibition, the artist developed a profound installation, which, through films and  sculptures, reflects the cycle of life and the parallelism of histories that are only vaguely visible – much remains hidden, ultimately comes to light, and flows together when the unexpected happens: The internal now also becomes externally visible. At times, global and individual history are inseparably linked, and only the moment of action and cognition make history (or histories) a turning point which influences narration and perception.

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Admission tickets

Online ticket with a public transport ticket

€4/€3 (concessions), Family ticket €7.50

School groups enjoy free admission to the exhibition on Fridays (booking necessary)
Happy-Hour-Ticket: 7 € (available two hours before the museum closes; individual visitors only, all exhibitions.) Combined ticket for all exhibitions available. More information

Show bibliography
Illustrations
  1. Vajiko Chachkhiani, Winter which was not there (Ausschnitt), 2017, One Channel HD video, Film Stills,Courtesy the artist and Daniel Marzona, Berlin
  2. Vajiko Chachkhiani, Winter which was not there, 2017, One Channel HD video, 10:40 min, Film Stills,Courtesy the artist and Daniel Marzona, Berlin
  3. Vajiko Chachkhiani, Winter which was not there, 2017, One Channel HD video, 10:40 min, Film StillsCourtesy the artist and Daniel Marzona, Berlin
  4. Vajiko Chachkhiani, Winter which was not there, 2017, One Channel HD video, 10:40 min, Film Stills, Courtesy the artist and Daniel Marzona, Berlin

Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Museumsmeile Bonn
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4
53113 Bonn
T +49 228 9171–200

Opening hours

Mondays closed
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Thursdays–Sundays, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
(including public holidays even those which fall on Mondays)

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