Thursday, March 17, 2016

Day #32 - Art for Lent: Gregor Schneider's "Cube Hamburg'' in Germany #Lent2016

By Aaron Rosen
Gregor Schneider's ``Cube Hamburg'' which is being installed on the raised plateau in front of the Galerie der Gegenwartin in Hamburg, Germany,
Schneider says the concept for the Cube came from a discussion with a Muslim colleague, who 'explained that to understand the essence of space I should occupy myself with the Ka'aba'. He explains elsewhere: 'My hope is that this reduced cube might remind us of the cultural elements that we have in common.' In addition to resembling the holy Ka'aba of Islam, it also recalls Kasimir Malevich's famous Black Square (1915), itself a reference to Orthodox icon painting. [page 236]

Lent is the annual Christian preparation for Easter. "Today's Art for Lent2016" features artworks that illustrate the Christian "Battle between Carnival and Lent."
The Kaaba in Mecca, Saudia Arabia
"Black Square" (1915) by Kasimir Malevich