*1930 in Wiesbaden, Germany †1985 in Frankfurt/Main, Germany


1951, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, class of Willi Baumeister


The Frankfurt-based Conceptual artist Charlotte Posenenske (1930–1985) left behind a drawing of a four-part, linear room divider—a further development of her so-called Drehflügel (Revolving Vanes): four rotatable, door-sized surfaces that can be closed to form a wall or barrier. But the barrier can be opened and transgressed. The administration of the artist's estate had the design carried out posthumously. The partition was realized in 2010 at Artists Space in New York, in 2015 at the Galerie Daniel Marzona in Berlin, and in 2018 at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands. In Frankfurt's Metzlerpark, the work will be installed in an outdoor space for the very first time.

The object succinctly lends material form to a central problem not only of architecture, but also of our society: the contrast between inside and outside. Inside, in the home, one is protected. Outside one is left standing in the rain. Inside one belongs to family, to a group, to a social environment, and is integrated. Outside one is a foreigner. The barrier—exclusion—disappears when the outsider opens the “doors”: an opportunity for freedom.

Dr. Burkhard Brunn (Estate)


kindly supported by:

Dr. Burkhard Brunn, Mehdi Chouakri