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April 13, 2011

Berlin: Frank Stella & Santiago Calatrava Team Up

By Departures Dispatch | Arts + Culture

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The world knows Frank Stella as a painter and Santiago Calatrava as an architect, but the two have come together as artists, collaborating on an installation to be unveiled for the first time on April 15 at the New National Gallery in Berlin. In 2008, Stella painted the bright, 98-foot-long piece on multiple sheets of tarpaulin and titled it The Michael Kohlhaas Curtain, inspired by the German poet Heinrich von Kleist's 1811 novella. Calatrava then constructed a torus-shaped steel sculpture—he says it complements the gallery's architecture, done by Mies van der Rohe—inside of which Stella's painting is mounted. Suspended from the ceiling, the installation will have unobstructed views from all angles on the ground and is on view through August 14, when it will travel to Zaragoza, Spain. At 50 Potsdamer Strasse; 49-30/266-424-242; smb.museum.

Photo Courtesy www.palladium.de, Barbara Burg/Oliver Schuh

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