Maria Eichhorn

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screen capture from the electronic publication MARIA EICHHORN, 5 weeks, 25 days, 175 hours, published by © Chisenhale Gallery 2016

From the 23rd April to 29 May 2016, the Chisenhale Gallery in London presented the first solo exhibition in the UK of MARIA EICHHORN under the title 5 weeks, 25 days, 175 hours.

These numbers are actually the weeks, days and hours in which the Chisenhale’s employees didn’t work for the gallery during EICHHORN‘s exhibition. Because, yes: MARIA EICHHORN closed down completely the space during one month.

If you came to visit it, a sign was affixed to the Chisenhale door stating:

The exhibition will begin with a one-day symposium on Saturday 23 April, addressing ideas raised by the project. At Eichhorn’s request, the gallery’s staff will then withdraw their labour for the remaining ve weeks of the exhibition. None of Chisenhale’s employees will work during this period and the gallery and of ce will be closed, implementing leisure and ‘free time’ in the place of work.

Additional information was available on the gallery’s website and its social media. An automatic e-mail reply written specifically for this exhibition included a message stating that all incoming e-mail were automatically deleted and that said recipient couldn’t be reached until after the close of the exhibition in order to avoid a great deal of e-mails waiting to be dealt with.

A publication gathering texts and a transcript of a discussion with EICHHORN and Chisenhale Gallery staff, which took place in July 2015, is available online via

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