Rupprecht Matthies, Born 1959 in Hamburg, Germany; lives and works in Hamburg and Berlin. ¿Being Home? 2009 and 2011. Foam, Plexiglas, wood, fabric, Styrofoam, and acrylic paint. Museum purchase with funds from Nancy Benson.  © The artist.

Rupprecht Matthies: ¿Being Home?

November 10, 2013September 30, 2015
Hamilton Building - Level 3 — Included in general admission.

Rupprecht Matthies’ ¿Being Home? is a community-inspired, interactive artwork that grows with each installation. In 2009 and 2011, Matthies collaborated with immigrants at Denver-area community organizations, including the African Community Center, the Emily Griffith Opportunity School, and Centro San Juan Diego, to gather words evocative of notions of home. The resulting words—transformed into mobiles, pillows, and wall pieces—are in 13 languages including English, Spanish, Arabic, and Kareni. Combining contributions from the two previous installations, ¿Being Home? reflects the life experiences of the artist’s co-creators as well as commonalities shared among people across the world.

 

¿Being Home? is organized by the DAM in collaboration with the artist.