Parkhaus Alt-Sachsenhausen
Upper parking deck
Walter-Kolb-Straße 16
60594 Frankfurt am Main

The artist duo Katharina Stöver and Barbara Wolff have been working together since 2005 under the name of Peles Empire, questioning categories like “original” and “reproduction” in their work. They borrow not just the name of the Romanian castle of Peles, but alienate it as part of their work. The historical structure, which unites different historic architectural styles in a collage-like manner, is always a reference point for the works, which often undergo a double translation of two- and threedimensionality, from object to image of it and back to sculpture. In addition, the aspect of hosting is part of the artistic practice of Peles Empire, who have created various spaces for dialogue and organized exhibitions with other artists in Frankfurt, London, Los Angeles, Cluj, Istanbul and Berlin. For Portikus XXX, Peles Empire return to Frankfurt where they started with salons and bar evenings. They are presenting a bar made of Jesmonite, a special material that the two artists have discovered for their work and reconceived as a form of expression.