Abnehmender Mond (Waning Moon)
Ikebana flower arrangement, Bauhaus vintage lamp, metal chain
Variable dimensions

Ikebana is the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement. Each arrangement expresses meaning through color combinations, natural shapes, and lines. One of the various styles of Ikebana, Shoka Tsuki—a composition based on the three forms of the moon, waxing, full and waning moon—has its own strict rules of flower composition and prescribes the form of the vase. For the work Abnehmender Mond (Waning Moon), the vase was replaced with a vintage Bauhaus lamp. It is known that the modernist form language of Bauhaus refers to its reception of traditional Japanese repertoire of forms. Through the alienation of function and object, the formal convergences of both cultures overlap. A master of Ikebana created the arrangement for the exhibition.

Parallel Life, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, 2005