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Kindertotenlieder

Mariele Neudecker

27th Aug - 29th Oct 2005

Mahler's composition was written in 1901 following the tragic deaths of two of his children. Set to the verse of German Romantic poet Friedrich Ruckert, his music evokes powerful emotions of grief, loss and guilt. Neudecker has drawn upon the metaphors of light and weather referred to in Ruckert's verse to create an installation in response to the five songs.

Neudecker established her reputation through a series of signature 'tank works' drawing on Northern Romantic ideas. In recent years the artist has begun to explore moving image, music and text including the production of the critically acclaimed series of films to complement live performances of Schubert's song cycle Winterreise (A Winter's Journey, 2003).

In the new work, the artist will break new ground by combining moving image within a series of evocative sculptural rooms. The viewer will be able to peep around doors to view a vast alpine landscape or discover the poignant image of a child playing in a garden, projected within a door-knob.

Commissioned by Opera North Projects and Picture This, in partnership with Impressions Gallery, York and Bonington Gallery, Nottingham.

Film still from Kindertotenlieder

Film still from Kindertotenlieder

Mariele Neudecker

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Comments

True, simple, strong - so well unified and economically direct, Thank you

exhibitions visitor

For me art has to be instantaneous- the words I felt were too much although the concept was marginally appealing. The music was a bit ’Sound of Music’ rather than ’ Suffering’ due to unlikely connections to the images. The visual strengths were obvious however- door knobs and the gate I enjoyed very much and did get an essence of that ’strange’ feeling of art when I first saw them. Unfortunately the words and images distracted me from how good they were. An artist that clearly has vision, yet perhaps too strong up on taste to get the essence of things correct ?

exhibitions visitor

It just makes you cry, so moving, so sad but so beautiful and peaceful as well

How does any parent cope with the loss of a child ? so moving

exhibitions visitor

Thank you for daring to approach this unbearable grief. We have experienced the death of our son and have found this very moving and therapeutic. The way you have interpreted these songs and made them accessible in such a superb way is so impressive.

exhibitions visitor

So simple in many ways, yet it says so much, made me feel uncomfortable, sad, choked, but in touch, very moving indeed

exhibitions Visitor

A moving combination in which the music dominated, it lacked the balance of Winterreise but it was still very satisfying.

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