Combining Nordic modernist furniture with his sculptural lighting, Michael Anastassiades curated the exhibition ‘Stilleben‘ at Dansk Møbelkunst Gallery.
The exhibition staged a silent, surrealist narrative, animating every dimension of the gallery space: floor, walls and ceiling. This use of space created an almost metaphysical setting, in which gravity was abolished and the pieces were transformed and relocated in unconventional contexts: a Bruno Mathsson birch and canvas daybed positioned vertically on the wall; an Anna Thommesen rug slumped down another; a Kaare Klint mahogany dining table placed on gold spheres and perfectly balanced on castors, all illuminated by Anastassiades’ signature lighting.
The stillness of the furniture was counterbalanced by the energy and movement of Anastassiades’ illuminating sculptures. The title of the exhibition referred to this balance between ‘still’ (calm) and ‘Leben’ (life) and, more broadly, to the objects’ position between aesthetic contemplation and everyday life.