Auf Wasser schlafend Rauscht das Meer(Sleeping On Water The Sea Rushes),2021

The work

The sighs in Joël Andrianomearisoa’s work are echoed by the silent magnetic tapes of the installation dedicated to Venice, by the German artist, Gregor Hildebrandt.

This work is a journey through the passages of time, musical and film archives dedicated to the extraordinary history of Venice. The destination filled with meaning for the artist and where he produced his earliest works, Venice has inspired him ever since. His immersive installation runs along the walls like a second skin or living body. In this work of unprecedented monumentality, Gregor Hildebrandt uses his celebrated ‘rip-off’ technique, from the series, and combines it here with paintings in magnetic strips. Always displayed in pairs like a positive-negative version of the same motif or the A and B sides of a cassette or vinyl record. The work creates an imperceptible vibration in space that gradually fades from black to white as it moves.

Cues from Venetian architecture, Brancusian and Baroque influenced, a row of columns of thermoformed vinyl records dialogue as a single matrix shape. Hildebrandt’s work celebrates the musicality of Venice, its string of islands, Grand Canal, architecture, decorative arts, cinematic muses, as well as La Laguna by Belgian artist Johan Creten.

Portrait of Gregor Hildebrandt
Gregor hildebrandt


Born in 1974 in Bad Homburg, Germany. Lives and works in Berlin.

Made of magnetic tapes from audio tapes and vinyl records, the works of Gregor Hildebrandt are tributes to the musical and cinematographic productions that have left their mark on his cultural subconscious.

For more than twenty years, this German-born conceptual artist has been transforming the remnants of analogue technologies into sculptures, paintings and monumental installations that unfold like vast mural membranes. His work is dominated by “non-colours” – black, white and grey. His monochrome motifs bring to the fore energy, emotion and nostalgia, particularly through his choice of titles. The artist transports us to cultural worlds that are intertwined with our memories.

Music, used as a motif, permeates with its myths the surface of the work, which is charged with personal and historical potential.

The magnetic tape, an obsolete relic of an era when music was subject to wear and tear like a living body, becomes the abstract element into which we project ourselves to share a common cultural memory.