Peter und Irene Ludwig Stiftung

Annette Kelm in House Ludwig

The Ludwig Foundation regularly invites artists to reflect on and interact with the onetime home of Peter and Irene Ludwig. Candida Höfer and Marcel Odenbach are two artists who have already taken up this invitation. The Berlin photo artist Annette Kelm has now spent over a year considering the house and the objects at home there. This invitation resulted in the presentation of her project in House Ludwig. Built in 1953, the residence of the Ludwigs can probably be best described as a total work of art. Not only works of art from a wide range of genres and epochs are at home here, but also – in the form of doors, grates and tiles – spolia were integrated, creating a unique overall work. Annette Kelm has explored, both directly and indirectly, the features, décor and diverse objects by restaging them in her photographs or integrating her own still life photographs into the rooms and spaces. In this way she altered the spatial effects usually generated and completely reinterpreted the rooms in their ornamentation and still life aspects.