№ 56/2014 from Feb 18, 2014
Some additions were made to the sculptures in the Cast Collection of Ancient Sculpture at Freie Universität Berlin, but not ones made of marble or plaster. Recently, the artist Dorothea Fischbeck began staging figures made of felt among the casts of ancient statues. The felt figures are placed strategically as viewers of individual sculptures and thus draw the attention of visitors to particular statues. The felt visitors will be on display until March 16, 2014, from Thursdays to Sundays, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. There is no charge for admission.
Dorothea Fischbeck has been working with felt fabric for the past 15 years. Over the years she took the fabric beyond its usual craft use and started to make expressive sculptures. Her "visitors" are humorous and effective, despite their small size. They regard the casts intensively and thus draw the attention of actual visitors to the exhibition to certain sculptures.
Freie Universität's Cast Collection of Ancient Sculpture continues in the tradition of the Berlin Cast Collection, which was founded in 1695 and largely destroyed in World War II. More than 2000 casts of Greek and Roman sculpture are on display in the permanent exhibition. The Institute of Classical Archaeology at Freie Universität Berlin is in charge of the Cast Collection of Ancient Sculpture.
For both photos: © Maria Hellmann
Captions (for both): In the exhibition "Besucher" (Visitors) that will be on display through March 16 in Freie Universität Berlin's Cast Collection of Ancient Sculpture, felt figures created by the artist Dorothea Fischbeck draw visitors' attention to particular ancient sculptures.