Annette von der Bey

Turmbau

Annette von der Bey, 2019, installation Turmbau, Frauenmuseum, Bonn Annette von der Bey, 2019, installation Turmbau, Frauenmuseum, Bonn Annette von der Bey, 2019, installation Turmbau, Frauenmuseum, Bonn Annette von der Bey, 2019, installation Turmbau, Frauenmuseum, Bonn Annette von der Bey, 2001, installation Turmbau, Küppersmühle, Duisburg Annette von der Bey, 2001, installation Turmbau, Küppersmühle, Duisburg Annette von der Bey, 2001, installation Turmbau, Küppersmühle, Duisburg Annette von der Bey, 2001, installation Turmbau, Küppersmühle, Duisburg Annette von der Bey, 2001, installation Turmbau, Küppersmühle, Duisburg Annette von der Bey, 1997, installation Turmbau, Garage, Bonn Annette von der Bey, 1997, installation Turmbau, Garage, Bonn Annette von der Bey, 1997, installation Turmbau, Garage, Bonn

The work Turmbau has been in the making since 1989. The subject draws on the biblical story of the Tower of Babel and quotes art-historical models, in particular that of Pieter Brueghel I.
Turmbau is a never-ending work extendable in all directions and consisting of oil paintings on canvas each measuring 20 cm x 30 cm. Each painting is unique and stands in its own right as a painting irrespective of the composite whole. However, as in a puzzle, each part has its specific place in the pictorial whole and this is noted by a number on the reverse.
Since 1989, more than 600 units have come about, forming together an ensemble of over 12 m width and, at the highest point, over 9 m high.
Turmbau is a conceptual work capable of orchestrating interior spaces of the widest range.To do so it may be hung differently from the original overall composition.