International Light Art Project

Hartung | Trenz

Photo: Detlef Hartung


Patio / Museum for Applied Arts Cologne (MAKK), An der Rechtschule, 50667 Cologne


video projection


The Museum of Applied Arts in Cologne (MAKK) is located on the site of the former Minorite monastery. Its four wings enclose an almost square inner courtyard analogous to the former cloister. On its west side, near the museum café, there are still restored late gothic triple windows. On its southern side, behind a one-storey museum extension, the Church of the Immaculate Conception (Minoritenkirche) rises up.

Vis a vis in the north, the glazed façade of the spacious entrance hall of the museum. An interior, built for the presentation of mainly modern design exhibits, is juxtaposed with the exterior facade of a historical building, on which applied, fundamental construction and design principles of art and design history can be read.

In the work VIS A VIS by Detlef Hartung and Georg Trenz, the MAKK enters into direct communication with the Minoritenkirche. Vertical and horizontal lines, projected from the direction of the entrance hall, seem at first to scan the sacred building. The lines spread out into lines of text made of light. Quotations from artists, writers and scientists become readable. Condensed thoughts about creativity and design processes literally describe the church and interact with its canon of forms. Like an echo, the texts are modulated as fragments and reflected by the architectural surface.

A proof of the timelessness of basic design elements and basic forms and a plea for the creative and innovative design of the world.


Detlef Hartung
born 1958 in Caracas [ve]
lives and works in Cologne [de]

1985-1991 Meisterschüler, Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Munich [de]
1979-1984 mechanical engineering, TU Munich, Munich [de]


Georg Trenz
born 1962 in Munich [de]
lives works in Munich [de]

1988-1994 Meisterschüler, Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Munich [de]
1982-1986 Diploma Communication Design, FH Munich, Munich [de]


 exhibitions (selected)


UNIVERS_E, Galerie Seippel, Cologne [de]
IMMER & EWIG, EVI LICHTUNGEN, International Light Art Biennale, Hildesheim [de]


IMMER & EWIG, Kulturkirche Ost, Cologne [de]
EVER & EVER, //RESPONSIVE, International Light Art Project, Halifax [ca]


EIN GEDANKE IM RAUM, COLLUMINA, International Light Art Project, Cologne [de]
INTERVIEW, Rotationen/Revolver, Saarlandmuseum, Saarbrücken [de]
DECODING, Interference, International Light Art Project, Tunis [tn]
DONA NOBIS PACEM, on occasion of Domwallfahrt, Cologne Cathedral, Cologne [de]


Condizioni di Luce, CidneOn International Light Festival, Brescia [it]
Ringen, Kunstkirche Christ König, Bochum [de]
SchlafWandeln, Ausstellung Schlaf, Paula Moderson&ndashBecker Museum, Bremen [de]
Generatio, lichtsicht 6, Bad Rothenfelde [de]
Character, //Responsive, International Light Art Project, Halifax [ca]
Macht–Wörter, 3. Stendaler Lichttage, Dom Stendal [de]


Light Diffraction, Katharinenkirche, Luminale, Frankfurt ⁄ Main [de]
Handeln und Wandeln, Zeche Auguste Victoria, Marl [de]
Miteinander, Kirche St. Josef, Puchheim [de]
Haus 10, Kloster Fürstenfeld, Brucker Kulturnacht [de]
ZERO, International Light Art Projekt, Tunis [tn]
Glaubenszeichen, Lange Nacht der Kirchen, St. Jacob, Burghausen [de]
Salz und Pfeffer, Bibelnacht, Heilig Geist Kirche, Ebersberg [de]
Lorem Ipsum, generator Trier, Trier University [de]
Lichteinfall, Galerie Annne Voss, Dortmund [de]
Idioms, Glow, International Light Art Festival, Effenar, Eindhoven [nl]


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