Viktoriabad Bonn, 2020, photo: Sonja Werner

Susan Philipsz

In her installations, which are specifically developed for their locations, the Scottish artist Susan Philipsz, winner of the Turner Prize and participant in the documenta 13 (2012), always works with the interaction of sound and space.

Especially for the Viktoriabad, a popular, now closed public bath in the city of Bonn, full of memories for many citizens, Susan Philipsz has developed a new sound installation. In it, she confronts the silence of the location with the sound of her own voice, which, multiplied and in various forms of expression, swells, ebbs and echoes, while leaving room for silence in between. For this installation, the artist was inspired not least by the thesis of the Italian radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi, declaring that every sound once produced never fades away into pure silence, but rather pervades our universe as a quiet but never silent trace. Like echoes of the past, Susan Philipsz conjures up an atmosphere of the former liveliness and vitality of the location. Her voice resonates in a wide range of variations – sometimes it sounds chaotic and well-placed, sometimes sonorous, harmonious or even dissonant – and thus reflects the whole range of human nature.

The Calling is part of the exhibition Sound and Silence, in which the Kunstmuseum Bonn explores the theme of silence in all its forms from fulfilled and forced silence to what only appears to be silence and sound clusters that transcend the audible.

Entry: Franziskanerstr. 9, next to Café Blau
Opening hours Viktoriabad: Tue-Sun, 11 a.m.-6 p.m, Mon, closed

For safety reasons, access to the exhibition is only possible from the age of 14. The exhibition is not barrier-free




On the occasion of the exhibition Sound and Silence. The sound of silence in contemporary art, a comprehensive catalog has been published by Deutscher Kunstverlag with numerous illustrations and text contributions by Volker Adolphs, Stephan Berg, Regine Elzenheimer and Michael Glasmeier.

The catalog can be purchased through the museum store and online through the Buchhandlung Walther König.

Language: German, English
ISBN: 978-3-86832-582-9
Price: 38,00€ / Price at the museum: 30,00€


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