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beate maria wörz ‚Karat‘

beate maria wörz is a conceptual sculptor and draftswoman. With her wall installation 'Karat' in the kønigliche Backstube, which is related to the location, she has dealt with the meaning of grain as the most important staple food in different regions of the earth.

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Zwiestädter Straße 10 12055  Berlin

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Starting with the seven types of grain - wheat, rice, corn, millet, barley, oats and rye - wörz has imprinted seven different clay bowls, each with its own grain pattern. In the gold-colored outer skin of the bowls reflecting on the wall, the memory of a time going back to ancient Egypt shines through.

There, grain was so precious at that time that it served as a means of payment: 1 carat was originally equated to the weight of one seed of the carob tree, and in the Middle Ages it corresponded to the weight of 3 barley grains or 4 wheat grains. The seven grain designations, formed in letters made of cast concrete and as writing directly on the wall, bring into play in different languages the diversity of the regions of the world in which grain, as the main foodstuff, secures the foundations of human existence.

At the same time, concrete as a material thematizes the increasing destruction of landscape and soils through their sealing. The different levels of lettering together with the subtly shining shells form an impressive ensemble.

einszueins - Kunst in der køniglichen Backstube is a project by Kati Gausmann.

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