May 1 – 30, 2015

Gregor Hildebrandt
auf Wasser schlafend rauscht das Meer

Wentrup, Berlin, Germany

A full-length dressing room mirror as a portal to Hades. Orpheus touches the mirror’s surface. Concentric circles ripple out from his finger, the glass liquefies, and he slips through a quicksilver sea to the other side. Jean Cocteau adapted the tale of Orpheus, the tragic bard from Greek mythology who unsuccessfully sought to rescue his wife Eurydice from the underworld, for his film Orphée (1940). Hundreds of ribbons of videotape of an endless loop of Cocteau’s film form the black rustling and mirroring walls in Gregor Hildebrandt’s May 2015 exhibition Auf Wasser schlafend rauscht das Meer [slumbering on water, the sea murmurs] at WENTRUP.

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