Schering Stiftung


Photo: Manuel Franke, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2010

Photo: Manuel Franke, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2010

Leni Hoffmann

a whiter shade of pale

Leni Hoffmann

a whiter shade of pale


May 27 – August 28, 2010

Exhibition opening:

Wednesday, 26. May 2010, 7–9 p.m.

Opening hours:

Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Schering Stiftung
Unter den Linden 32
10117 Berlin

On May 26, 2010, the Schering Stiftung, in cooperation with the Städel Museum, Frankfurt, opens the exhibition “a whiter shade of pale” by Düsseldorf-based artist Leni Hoffmann. Commissioned by the Schering Stiftung, the wall work “sid” was developed specifically for the Foundation’s Project Space and will be donated to the Städel Museum, where it will be re-created. Curated by Dr. Martin Engler, head of the Städel’s post-1945 art collection, the exhibition also shows another work by Leni Hoffmann, “ubik”, which extends the exhibition space of the Schering Stiftung towards the street.

The site-specific work “sid” by Leni Hoffmann is characterized by phenomena such as transformation, time, movement, and taking a break. Leni Hoffmann plays with visual disruptions, re-inventing the work in the process of viewing it. She sets up a geometrical plane painted with a very shiny, iridescent color shift (flip flop) paint, which changes colors, from white-silvery to orange to a broken green, when seen from different angles. The viewer’s movement thus determines the color. Every time the viewer takes up a position, s/he co-creates the color determination. This plane, which is installed along the walls, is disrupted by an organic plaster area. Water is poured on the plaster to determine its shape. The color possibilities relate to the plaster surface as well as the remaining wall and window surfaces.

In Leni Hoffmann’s work, the viewer plays a key role. The space orientation of the works can only be appreciated by the constantly changing position of the viewer. Leni Hoffmann emancipates painting: away from the canvas, towards real space and objects of everyday life.

The work “sid” by Leni Hoffmann will be acquired by the Schering Stiftung and donated to the Städel Museum, Frankfurt, during the exhibition opening on May 26, 2010. On the occasion of the opening of the Städel’s extension for post-1945 art in 2011, sid will be re-created in modified form and prominently displayed.

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Leni Hoffmann

Exhibit Opening "a whiter shade of pale" on May 26, 2010

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