Ten years ago, the Israeli artist Micha Ullman realised his floor sculpture “STUFEN” in St. Matthew’s Church in Berlin’s Kulturforum: seven steps filled with Israeli sand leading into the church’s subfloor.
Image above: Micha Ullman, Drei Gruben, 1975, Herzlia, Israel © Courtesy Artist
A homage both to the seven days of creation and to the history of the people of Israel as the enduring foundation of the Christian faith. The human body, which gives the work its measure, remains invisible. Micha Ullman’s works revolve around the invisible centre of the human body – be it the lying body in his work “STUFEN” or the cubit in his work “Sandtisch”. The body as the whence and whither of human perception remains invisible in Micha Ullman’s abstract formal language – and yet is all the more present in its absence. The anniversary exhibition “KÖRPER” traces this invisible centre of Micha Ullman’s work – and thus opens up new connections and points of contact in his multi-layered oeuvre.
The exhibition is curated by Alexander Ochs, curator of the “PURPLE PATH” programme at the European Capital of Culture Chemnitz 2025, and Pastor Hannes Langbein, Director of the St. Matthew’s Foundation.
Sponsored by the Verein Ausstellungshaus für christliche Kunst e. V. Munich.
Sunday, 27.November 2022 – Sunday, 19. February 2023