Voyager is the title of Björn Dahlem's first exhibition in his native city of Munich. In his room-filling installations Dahlem processes the widest diversity of everyday objects and materials into world models distinguished by their sheer poetry of form and composition. Astronomy, physics, psychology and philosophy are his prevalent themes. Forming an essential part of these visionary installations are acrylic showcases – reminiscent of museum showcases or relic shrines – standing in the room or projecting from the wall. These showcases contain fragile sculptures. What is the role of the individual and how does the individual relate to the whole? What do we believe in? Such are the questions posed by the artist, beginning with the title. Witnessed by millions of people worldwide, the Voyager 1 space probe was launched in 1977, so far the only man-made object to venture into the hitherto uncharted depths of the universe.
Science and philosophy merge with hope, speculation and belief. While he is fully aware of the primaeval helplessness of humanity, Björn Dahlem makes no attempt at pointing the way but rather opens up possibilities of complex and individual interpretation.
Born in Munich in 1974, Björn Dahlem has been living and working in Berlin since 1999. He already has many international exhibitions to his credit, including his shows at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. His presentation Die Theorie des Himmels at the KIT (Kunst im Tunnel) in Düsseldorf in 2010 was accompanied by a same-titled catalogue.
For his first exhibition at the Rüdiger Schöttle Gallery, Björn Dahlem will be showing his work both in the exhibition room on the 1st floor and in the roof garden.