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RAINBOW SERPENT (VERSION) is the most comprehensive presentation of Daniel Boyd's work in Europe to date. It provides an overview of Boyd's artistic practice, which resists the colonial narrative of Australia's history and interweaves Indigenous knowledge production, transnational networks of resistance, and personal family histories. Boyd also reflects on these in RAINBOW SERPENT (VERSION) in terms of the context and architecture of the Gropius Bau.

Gropius-Bau ©, Foto: anibaltrejo

As part of the exhibition, Boyd will wrap the atrium floor and second floor windows in a second skin.
This mise-en-scène reveals and reflects the fragmented architecture of the Gropius Bau, leaving the natural light to guide the perception of the works. The artist's paintings on display thus appear to be in constant motion.

The nonlinear arrangement of RAINBOW SERPENT (VERSION) underscores Boyd's interest in how narratives move continuously through time and space.

Drawing closely on the thinking of Édouard Glissant, the artist resists any form of categorization as characterized by colonial violence with its cultural standardization.
Non-First Nations people often use the term "Rainbow Serpent" sweepingly to refer to a range of creation stories from different Indigenous communities in Australia - thus failing to acknowledge the particularities of their respective cosmologies.

Integral to the exhibition is a program of events that will unfold like a play on the floor installation in the atrium.

  • Curated by Stephanie Rosenthal and Carolin Köchling
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Opening hours:
Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 11:00-19:00 Sat, Sun 10:00-19:00
Tue closed