Works of Music by Visual Artists

Susan Philipsz “Part File Score”

Sat 1 February to Sun 4 May 2014, Opening Fri 31 January, 20:00

Works of Music by Visual Artists

Susan Philipsz
Part File Score
Twelve Ways to Describe Hanns Eisler (2014) WP
24-channel sound installation

Susan Philipsz, Part File Score, 2014

Philipsz, Part File Score. Digital print / silkscreen print on canvas, 185 x 145 cm, 2014

© Courtesy the artist, Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

The sound works by Berlin-based Scottish artist Susan Philipsz are often created for particular locations and refer to their history and spatial features. For the Hamburger Bahnhof’s Historic Hall, she created a sound installation that related to the building’s former function as a train station and to its architectonic structure with its 24 steel supports. As a place of departure and arrival, of separation and return, the artist connected the former station with the eventful life of composer Hanns Eisler (1898–1962), who lived in Berlin in the 1920s and 1950s.

The exhibition takes place in the context of the Musikwerke Bildender Künstler series, which was initiated in 1999 by Freunde Guter Musik Berlin in collaboration with the National Gallery, and since 2002 with MaerzMusik. It is the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition; she has lived in Berlin since 2001.


Ingrid Buschmann / Gabriele Knapstein, curators

An event by Freunde Guter Musik e.V. and Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, in collaboration with Berliner Festspiele / MaerzMusik.
Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund and Schering Foundation