Daniel Milohnić

Sleeping Buddha

The Sleeping Buddha by Daniel Milohnic (*1969, lives in Frankfurt am Main) forms the interface between the two floors of the Kunstverein. The sculpture, going back to the exhibition Tempel by Daniel Milohnic and Phillip Zaiser of 1999, acts as substantive and visual link between exhibitions: whereas Tatiana Trouvé addresses the aspect of “analysis” and Kostis Velonis that of “politics,” the work of Daniel Milohnic focus on the element of “faith.”

The work stands for an anti-authoritarian approach to art. The indifference of the Buddha and the properties associated with him places him as a structural object in a symbolic order. Taken out of his original, religious context, he is no more than an empty envelope, a perfect promise of an indefinite “more.” The promise can be fulfilled only by observers in personal postulation.

The work accompanies the annual programme of the Kunstverein, underlining the communicative aspirations of the institution. The goal is to capture the interest of people who generally have little to do with art and to reach out to broad sections of society. The focus is on accommodating a lack of knowledge about contemporary art, with the aim of addressing all ages and micro-communities in the city. In the figurative sense of the word “Buddha,” the programme of the Kunstverein seeks to capture attention, to question established knowledge, and permit new perspectives on contempo-rary art.

With its vast dimensions – 15 m by 3.5 m – the sculpture changes perceptions of spatial proporti-ons, transforming the foyer into an exhibition space. This not only abolishes the distinction between circulation and exhibition space but also provides a solution for the low visibility of the Kunstverein foyer. In this area, locality-related works will be shown in an annual rhythm that constitute an offer of communication and which invite a multitude of associations.

Sleeping Buddha