Viron Erol Vert

Garden of Ornaments



  • Viron Erol Vert

Installation in the foyer and Café Kunsthalle

The artistic design of the foyer of the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden and Café Kunsthalle follows a long tradition. In 2024, the artist Viron Erol Vert takes over the redesign and redesign of the rooms.

Entitled Garden of Ornaments, the installation refers to the multicultural history of Baden-Baden, in particular the spa culture and its transcultural development. Vert always positions his research from different directions, especially in order to gain a comprehensive view of the city's structure, its multi-layered and extensive history and to be able to analyze and understand the current atmosphere.

During his extensive research in Baden-Baden, which lasted several years, Viron Erol Vert explored the city and its socio-cultural characteristics: The water at the center of the city, its role as a remedy and connecting element, the coming together of people of many origins, the confluence of many cultures, languages since the beginning of its history and nature. Its reflections can be found in the light, colors, form, architecture and ornamentation within the installation. 

Viron Erol Vert grew up between the north of Germany, Istanbul and Athens in an intercultural family environment, he lives and works in Berlin and the Mediterranean region. His interests range between religious systems, cultural identity, linguistic experiences, cultural narratives and clichés. In his artistic work, Vert attempts to reveal and overcome abstract and theoretical boundaries in order to enrich life with acoustic, social and physical imaginaries as well as pictorial and sculptural spaces.

With the artistic redesign of the foyer of the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden and Café Kunsthalle by Viron Erol Vert, the program of Çağla Ilk and Misal Adnan Yıldız ties in with earlier installative interventions such as those by Daniel Buren, Tobias Rehberger and Günther Förg.

About Viron Erol Vert

Born in 1975 in Varel (Germany). Having grown up in an intercultural family environment between the north of Germany, Istanbul and Athens, Viron Erol Vert currently lives and works between Berlin and the Mediterranean region. In his artistic practice, he deals with the questioning of identity and affinity to different aspects and perspectives of the self and the other. His personal multicultural background plays a key role in his research processes, as does his close connection to Berlin's club culture.

His solo exhibitions include Der Chronist, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart (2014), Born in the Purple, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin (2017), The Name of Shades of Paranoia, Galerie Wedding, Berlin (2017). Vert has also participated in international group exhibitions, including The Conundrum of Imagination at the Leopold Museum, Vienna (2017), 4.Berliner Herbstsalon, DE-HEIMATIZE IT!, Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin (2019), A Handful of Dust, Ehrenhalle, Berlin (2020) and MANIFESTIAMO, Villa Romana (2022). In 2018 Vert presented his exhibition project Ambereum for the first time at the Riga Biennale (RIBOCA1) and in 2019-2022 in collaboration with the Art & Activism Department of Roskilde Festival, Denmark. Vert is a laureate of the Villa Romana Prize (2018) and received the Ludwig Gies Prize of the LETTER Foundation for Small Sculpture (2022), he was also a fellow of the Tarabya Cultural Academy, Istanbul (2020 and 2021) and a fellow of Urbane Künste Ruhr, Mülheim (2021-2022). In 2023 Vert was awarded the Art in Construction Competition of the Orient Institute Istanbul and the Tarabya Cultural Academy. He is currently a fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart.

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