Bee Chapel HafenCity Terence Koh
Terence Koh, 2019, Image: Thomas Hampel
Terence Koh, Bee Chapel HafenCity, 2020, Photo: Thomas Hampel 
Terence Koh, 2019, Image: Henning Rogge
Terence Koh, 2019, Image: Gunnar Weidt
Terence Koh, 2019, Image: Thomas Hampel
Terence Koh, 2019, Image: Henning Rogge
Terence Koh, 2019, Image: Thomas Hampel
Terence Koh, 2019, Image: Thomas Hampel
Terence Koh, Bee Chapel HafenCity, 2020, Photo: Thomas Hampel 
Terence Koh, 2019, Image: Henning Rogge
Terence Koh, 2019, Image: Gunnar Weidt
Terence Koh, 2019, Image: Thomas Hampel
Terence Koh, 2019, Image: Henning Rogge
Terence Koh, 2019, Image: Thomas Hampel

After equally delighting inhabitants, art enthusiasts and passers-by during the month of August in 2019, Canadian artist Terence Koh’s Bee Chapel HafenCity moved from the Störtebeker Ufer to the rooftop of the Ecumenical Forum HafenCity. After recovering in a protected place during wintertime, the bees returned back to the Bee Chapel on the roof of the Economical Forum on May 18, where the installation is open again for visitors.

The artist‘s sculptural work offers space for a single  person and enables an intimate encounter with the bee colony living within it. Safely separated by a protective net, the visitor can follow the insects’ goings-on and observe and listen to their daily business as well as take in the aroma of their honey. On the roof garden of the Ecumenical Forum HafenCity, an association composed of 22 Christian churches, this part of the installation remains publicly accessible.

During the month of August 2019, on a green space at Magdeburger Hafen, Koh installed a retreat that focused on 'deceleration' in the busiest part of Hafencity: his utopian garden was home not only to a bee chapel but also a herb and flower garden constructed specifically for the bees and for the preparation of tea.  A converted boathouse also featured served as the artist's hideout. Koh’s own sanctuary was based on a 5.70 metre long converted dinghy, a so-called 'pirate ship', which accommodated enough space to sleep, cook and to host guests.

Koh realised Bee Chapel for the first time in 2015 on his property in Upstate New York, as a reaction to the works of the Indian philosopher Krishnamurti, for whom social change begins with one’s self, in fact in each moment anew. The sculpture marks a change of direction in the way the artist works: Internationally renowned in the noughties for exclusively white, extravagant performances and installations, Koh has since been intensively engaged with bees, gardens, and alternative concepts of life. Since his relocation to California, boats also play an important role in his projects, which are often oriented towards traditional rituals. Bee Chapel HafenCity links these three elements to Koh’s first installation in a public space, which addresses residents, accidental passers-by and the professional art audience alike. The installation has been realized in collaboration with local cultural producers. Terence Koh was born in Singapore, spent his youth in the Canadian state of Ontario and attended the Emily Carr Institute for Art and Design in Vancouver. His past solo exhibitions include shows at Morán Morán Gallery, Los Angeles (2017); Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York (2016); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (2011); MUSAC, León, Spain (2008); Whitney Museum for American Art, New York (2007); Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland (2006); Wiener Secession, Austria (2005). Koh’s works are represented in collections such as the Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Jumex Collection in Mexico City, the MOCA in Los Angeles; MUSAC, León; MoMA in New York, the Tate Modern in London, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

The exhibition is funded by the Canada Coucil for the Arts. Supported by NUE foundation founded by Lotterie BINGO! Die Umweltlotterie, Andere Zeiten e.V. and the Embassy of Canada.

Additional thanks go to: Till Richter, Lea Kissing, Anna Mieves / bauer + planer, Gunnar Weidt / Imkerverein Hamburg-Altona e.V. and Mellifera e.V. , Henning Klahn / Ecumenical Forum HafenCity, Marita Krempl, Jürgen Lohfink / Grau trifft Grün, 25 Hours Hotel HafenCity, Brigitte Witthoefft / HafenCity Hamburg GmbH.

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Date From 18 May 2020 Opening hours Due to corona, site visits are currently only possible after consultation. Please contact info@imaginethecity.de or 040 88353658.
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