Klaus Weber

The Big Giving, 2007

Festival Terrace, Southbank Centre
14 July – 14 October 2007

Drinks will be served next to the fountain on Festival Terrace on
Friday 13 July from 6pm followed by Klaus Weber in conversation with Hayward Director, Ralph Rugoff, from 7pm in Level 5 Function Room at the Royal Festival Hall.

In Klaus Weber’s work The Big Giving a group of male and female figures are cast rising out of, or simultaneously sinking into, volcanic-looking mounds of rock. Water gushes continuously from the mouth of one, the eye of another and the genitals of a third, suggesting an abundant outpouring of bodily fluids. The title of the work, The Big Giving, refers to the native North American potlatch ceremony, in which the host’s status increases the more he or she gives. Weber’s fountain physically plays out this excess of giving and receiving, as the water gushes from one figure to another.
Read more about the exhibition.

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  • Klaus Weber: Artist’s Talk
    Friday 13 July, 7-8pm (post-reception)
    Level 5 Function Room
    at the Royal Festival Hall
    The event is free but booking is recommended. Please contact the box office on 0871 663 2519.

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