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Impressions Gallery

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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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