A solo exhibition of work by Mandla Reuter at the Schindler House A group exhibition curated by Mandla Reuter at the Fitzpatrick-Leland House In recent years while Mandla Reuter’s work has travelled the globe, its point of origin was a plot of land on a paper street
near downtown Los Angeles. Purchased for his exhibition, A Plot, at De Vleeshal in Middelburg, Netherlands in 2010, Reuter
has regularly drawn from this empty lot as a fount of figurative and even literal source material. The site serves as a virtual
set and studio, of endless dimension unlimited by geography, while sitting vacant in East L.A. with an occupiable area of
around 4,000 square feet.
Wasser occurs simultaneously in multiple locations: The MAK Center’s historic properties, Schindler’s Kings Road House and
Fitzpatrick-Leland House, and on a containership somewhere in the Atlantic. This choreography of sequence and staging creates
an almost baroque narrative of construction. The temporary exhibition reflects on the perpetual movement of sited materials
and delocalized resources across the world. Entering the Anthropocene, Wasser explores an age where entire continents are
no longer geologically shaped by nature but altered exclusively for reasons of trade and politics, until no part of the world
remains unaffected by mankind.
The sparse installation at the Schindler House complements the main work which is moving between Greece and California. Through
the course of the exhibition, a raw snow-white marble block is quarried from the island of Thasos and loaded into a shipping
container arriving at the Port of Los Angeles towards the end of the exhibition. The cargo ship and contained marble block
become an extended but crucial part of the exhibition, in motion throughout the show.
Reuter, who has been in residence at the Fitzpatrick-Leland House during his preparations for Wasser, invited several artists
from L.A. and abroad to help him inhabit the house with their works. Amongst these are Kathryn Andrews, Gerry Bibby, Juliette
Blightman, Kerstin Cmelka, Niklas Goldbach, Alejandro De La Guerra, Morgan Fisher, Gina Folly, Karl Holmqvist, Margaret Honda,
Halina Kliem, Alice Könitz, Klara Liden, Fabian Marti, Jill Mulleady, Shahryar Nashat, Carissa Rodriguez, Nora Schultz, Alvaro
Urbano, and Alexander Wolff. This exhibition is kindly supported by Kunstfonds Bonn and IFA, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.
The MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, founded in 1994, is a contemporary, experimental, multi-disciplinary
center for art and architecture and is based today in three of the most important houses by the Austrian-American architect
Rudolph M. Schindler. The core of the programming includes the internationally sought-after MAK Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program, an annual residency program for emerging international artists and architects.
The home and studio of the Austrian-American architect Rudolph M. Schindler on Kings Road in West Hollywood serves today as the homebase of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles. This seminal building was declared an architectural landmark by the World Monument Fund in 2002. Today Schindler counts
as one of the most important modern architects.