Eric Fischl - The Krefeld Project

The city of Krefeld owns these two Mies van der Rohe houses, which I understand have a certain historic significance as early modernist residences, and the museum uses them as galleries. They get artists to show there with the stipulation that they engage in some dialogue with the architecture. It's a site-specific thing. The museum director expressed interest in my thinking about a project, and I said, "Well, it was a house, people did live here, and that's what I'd do. I'd furnish the house, hire some actors, and take a bunch of photographs as if they lived in the house. I'd make up a bunch of narrative fictions about who they were and what they were doing. Then we could put the paintings back in the empty rooms, as if they were the memory of what had happened there."

Copied from Eric Fischl 1970-2007, by Arthur C. Danto and Robert Enright

Photo: Krefeld Project: Dining Room Scene #2, 2003, Eric Fischl.

Photo: Krefeld Project: Dining Room Scene #2, 2003, Eric Fischl.