An intervention By David Chipperfield

Sticks And Stones

Berlin, Germany, 2014

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Using 144 imposing tree trunks, British architect David Chipperfield (b. in 1953) transforms the open glass hall of the Neue Nationalgalerie into a densely filled hall of columns for a three-month period. The installation Sticks and Stones engages with the architecture of the museum and simultaneously serves as a prologue to the upcoming overall renovation of the museum that David Chipperfield Architects will undertake starting in 2015.

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For the title of his intervention, David Chipperfield borrowed the catchy beginning of an English children’s rhyme: “Sticks and stones [may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.]” In so doing, he points to two elements of Neue Nationalgalerie and architecture in general: columns and stone. As light-hearted as the title might seem, this last special exhibition before the closing of the institution for several years is also quite profound in its meaning.

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