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Thorsten Brinkmann: The Great Cape Rinderhorn
Through May 15
German artist Thorsten Brinkmann describes his absurdist installation, The Great Cape Rinderhorn, as a “decaying palace,” full of bizarre, unexpected opulence. A visit is like becoming a child stepping inside a world you don’t understand—and don’t want to.
Nothing makes sense, and that’s the point.
Walls are covered with unmatched swatches of green, teal, brown, and pink wallpaper, interspersed with portraits of people adorned in trash and lampshades. In the center, a plywood crate has a huge animal horn perched atop it and contains a small opening to allow visitors to enter a hidden “cinema,” where a video shows a king struggling to find the right pose and a tunnel leads to the palace inhabitant’s secret room.
Brinkmann is a confessed hoarder, and many of his discarded objects adorn the show. Forget rational minimalism. This is much more fun.