Station: [11] Dan Graham, Greek Cross Labyrinth, 2001

Let yourself in for a game played on perception and on a subversion of your own standpoint! Then enter the Greek Cross Labyrinth and experience the visual transitions, fragmentations, doublings and inversions! Discover for yourself the viewer position from where a Greek cross made up of five squares becomes visible. Dan Graham (*1942 in Urbana, Illinois † 2022 in New York) was an international pioneer, an American multi-media artist and one of today’s major conceptual artists. After studying philosophy and working as gallerist, theoretician on art and culture, photographer and filmmaker, he has - since the 1976 Biennale in Venice - devoted himself to outdoor installations consisting of partitioned walls made of glass and mirrors. These are walk-in installations that work out complex effects that involve partly isolating (self-)observations. They are constructed according to his plans and instructions. In the work at the Sculpture Park, Graham exploits to a maximum the design spectrum of only two materials that alternate between transparent or reflecting and a relatively simple construction plan. The labyrinth’s other protagonists are the fall of light, the surroundings and you yourself: namely in the way you walk through the maze.

(Audio: Text by Marta Cencillo-Ramírez)

Dan Graham

Greek Cross Labyrinth, 2001

Two-way mirror-glass, stainless steel frame, stainless steel perforated sheets

Permanent loan Michael and Eleonore Stoffel Foundation

© Stiftung Skulpturenpark Köln, Photo: Axel Schneider, Frankfurt am Main