Le regard extérieur
The structure and function of the Family Ministry building itself were the starting points for this work. The orthogonally structured glass façade of the building is traversed by three diagonal stairways. The gradient angle and height of the stair configurations – their steps revealing a sawtooth appearance from below – are taken up 1:1 and concentrated into a honeycomb structure of ascending and descending stairs and railings. A new form of transparency emerges through the superimposition of image space and real space. The difference between the sensation of interior and exterior is manifested on the surface of the glass façade. The image of a tree’s bright green leaves intrude in front of this architectural grid on the right-hand edge of the image.
Le regard intérieur
The stairway in the entrance hall that leads directly along the exterior façade is surrounded by glass walls, as if it were integrated into a display case. The huge negative space - the underside of the real stairway – can be seen through the clear glass façade on the front side. Kellndorfer printed the stair motif - taken from the Bachstelzenweg 4 reconstruction program – on the wall which divides the stairs form the entrance hall. This segment of stairway is represented as a photographic inversion, as a negative, almost opaque, and printed at the scale of the actual staircase. A rubber plant – that classic of the petit-bourgeois interior – can be seen in front of the stairs. Kellndorfer photographed it in her studio several years before. In its considerable enlargement, which make the veins of the leaves stand out like branches, it is a reference to the painting by René Magritte from 1942 from which this work derives its title.