In 2011, painter Antje Majewski (born 1968 in Marl) created an imaginary and surreal museum of things, "The World of Gimel", a multimedia project to which she devoted two years of research, traveling, collaborations, and painting. She investigated the significance and representation of seven objects in different cultural contexts on different continents. She had acquired most of these objects when traveling, such as a plant named Buddha’s hand citron, a fragment of a meteorite from China, or a dried Osage orange from Oklahoma. The stories that these objects told ultimately created a kind of museum of things, including video films and interviews, as well as paintings and contributions from artist friends. The three-part work "Entity" (2009) is an excerpt from "The World of Gimel". Antje Majewski includes the dried fruit as an object, a painted larger-than-life portrait, and the presentation ceremony in the fictional scenario of a "Report on a Visit to the Didactic Department of the Museum of Applied Hermeneutics, Bielefeld, August 11, 2117," in which one of the questions raised is: What will the role of art be in the future?
(l) The Donation (2024), 2009, oil on canvas; © (Antje Majewski) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013; Courtesy: Antje Majewski; neugerriemschneider, Berlin
(r) Entity, 2009, installation view; © (Antje Majewski) VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2013; Courtesy: Antje Majewski; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf; photo: Kim Keibel
Works of art: © (Antje Majewski) VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016