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Video-Installation
During the 2007 Berlinale, the Neue Nationalgalerie’s upper, ground-floor exhibition space will host Pavel Braila, a video artist originally from Moldavia and participant in the German Academic Exchange Service’s (DAAD) Berlin Artists-in-Residence programme. The exhibition is a co-operation between the Artist-in residence Programme / DAAD and the Nationalgalerie Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Within this framework, Pavel Braila will present his 2005 work "Barons’ Hill" to a German audience for the first time. This six-part video work showcases a new and vainglorious Sinti and Roma architecture currently arising in Moldavia characterised by a hubris of stylistic elements from the history of architecture. Pavel Braila’s camera seems to stroll along the facades and through the rooms of these uninhabited houses. The use of slow motion adds to the pathos of the images, emphasized still more in the overall presentation by the form of two triptychs. Music by Johann Sebastian Bach underscores the production.

With the installation in the upper space of Mies van der Rohe’s exhibition hall, Pavel Braila seeks the dialogue between entirely different utopias, each making their own use of the language of architecture. In contrast to Mies van der Rohe’s idealistic architecture, Pavel Braila’s architectural collage "found" in the area known as Barons' Hill finds its expression in hybrid quotes from modernity. The projection of the video will run throughout the night to take advantage of the Nationalgalerie’s transparency and make the work visibly accessible to visitors outside the building.

Braila’s picturesque video confirms the fascination with a new kind of luxury; a new prosperity that finds its exaggerated expression in the form of gilded bronze bars that can be laid out as parquet flooring. In variation to previous installations, where Braila has installed the flooring, in Berlin it will be presented in its crating, as sheer volume, physically embodying its potential as a large, golden surface.

Pavel Braila was born in Chi?n?u / Moldavia in 1971. He lives and works in Berlin and Chi?n?u. Since the mid-1990s the artist has participated in numerous international art exhibitions and film festivals with video pieces and performances. In 2002 his film "Shoes for Europe" was shown at the documenta 11. In 2006 he contributed to the exhibition Why Pictures Now – Photography, Film, Video today in the Museum Moderne Kunst Stiftung Ludwig in Vienna. Amongst his most important solo exhibitions in recent years have been shows at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge in 2005 and the Galerie im Taxispalais in Innsbruck in 2006/2007.

An exhibition by the Artist-in-Residence Programme / DAAD in co-operation with the Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Opening hours:
26th January – 25th February 2007: Tue–Fr 10am–6pm, Thurs. 10am–10pm, Sat/Sun 11am–6pm

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