Dream: 1 exhibition in 1 big museum. It wasn’t clear where I was supposed to show my work (what was my work anyway?). In 1 large space: the oil paintings were all hanging high up on the walls. The floor of the museum was covered in 1 psychedelic zigzag carpet. On the carpet stood a fat sports car like a plump bronze sculpture.

HMKV, Dortmund & Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, 2011

Thanks to this simple text, Barbara Breitenfellner, giving free rein to her imagination, pertinently and elegantly unpacks the codes of contemporary art. Upside-down paintings, a carpet with abstract motifs and a crashed Porsche form a beautiful, strange, poetic and humorous stage set. As though still in production, the artist’s dreams disclose their inner workings: electrical wires are visible, the structure of the platform carrying the car is there for everyone to see, and the installation is accessed from behind the scenes. All these elements – and this is a tour de force – compose a dramaturgy, infinitely subjective and expressive since deriving from the powers of the unconscious, but also intensely conceptual and contemporary. (Alain Berland)

Material: Dream text on wall, slanted ramp, zigzag carpet, wrecked Porsche 911, ca. 20 framed oil paintings, colour-painted wall.
Produced by Hartware MedienKunstVerein Dortmund, 2011
Dimensions: 3,20 x 50,4 x 16,5 m (HMKV, Dortmund) / 9 x 20 x 19 m (Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers)

Installation views: Mathieu Bonin, Guillaume Chiron, Jean Michel Rousseau, Gilles Verneuil, Hannes Woidich
View of exhibition model: Thomas Bruns