Michael Kalmbach – Seyko Itoh

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14.07.2019 – 04.08.2019

Konversationshefte (Conversation Books) – Paper and Music

Michael Kalmbach – Seyko Itoh

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Michael Kalmbach explores various forms of hominization in sculptural terms. For the exhibition Konversationshefte (Conversation Books) at Galerie Metzger, figurative sounding boxes have been created that become music in co-operation with Seyko Itoh.

Paper and music – a visual and auditory experience …

Opening ceremony on Sunday, 14 July at 11 a.m., performance of a composition by Seyko Itoh.

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Introduction: How the pictures and sculptures of Michael Kalmbach come into being

At first it may surprise us to learn that Michael Kalmbach, whose art is decisively figurative, often begins working on his pictures and sculptures using abstract forms and processes. If one realizes, however, that he grew up during the heyday of minimal art and the sculptural concepts of Joseph Beuys, which develop ideas of the organic and the crystalline, one recognizes this process-based practice as a new and dynamic dialogue with formative experiences in his early development.

Excerpt from an interview conducted by Thomas Röske with Michael Kalmbach

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To him, his sculptures are like “toys that can be arranged in relation to each other”.

Here Kalmbach seems to achieve the greatest coherence of initial impulse and figurative concretisation in levitating forms.

Thomas Röske

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Seyko Itoh
Music and time

“The special spatiality of Galerie Metzger was a source of inspiration for my music, and I would like to make the temporal aspect of the gallery visit audible through my composition, which was created in collaboration with Michael Kalmbach.

“Various auditory experiences in the rooms add up to create and individual interpretation for each visitor depending on how they move through the exhibition.”

Seyko Itoh

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