The collection of the Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung was expanded by a significant acquisition: an installation entitled Drowning Sorrows (cachaça), measuring two-and-a-half meters, by the internationally renowned artist Mona Hatoum. The work will be on view during the upcoming exhibition LIFE IS NOT A BEACH, which will take place in the galleries of the foundation starting 22 January 2016. The installation consisting of bottle halves emphatically demonstrates the hopelessness that attempting to solve problems with an addictive substance leaves in its wake.
Mona Hatoum is a Palestinian-British artist, whose work is at times poetic, at other times, political. In her sculptures she transforms everyday household objects like chairs or kitchen utensils into strange, threatening, and dangerous things. With these she wants to trigger contradictory emotions in her viewers: for instance, longing and aversion or fear and fascination. She uses various media for her works. In addition to installations, sculptures, and videos, her repertoire includes photographs and works on paper. She has participated in important group exhibitions, for example, the Venice Biennial (1995 and 2011), Documenta11 in Kassel (2002), and the Biennale of Sydney (2006). Today she lives and works in Berlin and London.