He Xiangyu – Cola Project - Extraction, 2009-2011

“Cola Project”-a huge amount of Coca Cola was boiled down to residue by the artist- was indeed a subtle physical transformation. After boiling the first ton of Cola, He Xiangyu tidily stacked all those emptied plastic Cola bottles in a special glass showcase, along with the plastic exhaust pipes. The artwork became a form of social production, and as a plain resource, Coca-Cola was reverted to its material origin in this new production cycle. Just like any other “ production”. It pulled our vision from the “landscaped” world back to a real field: production. Artist significance of “ Cola Project” lies in the verification of his experience in and ruminations of “ landscaped” reality.

He Xiangyu, born in Dandong in 1986, lives and works in Beijing.

We want to thank everyone who helped to make the 18th venue in Erfurt possible!

18. ZNE! Station ERFURT (Germany)

Duration: 28.7.2019 to 22.9.2019

Pictures from the exhibition in Erfurt here!


We mourn our friend and benefactor, the artist and philosopher Prince Rudolf zur Lippe, who died on 6 September 2019.

He made thoughts dance and people move.

During the exhibition in Erfurt, which shows works from the cycle "Learning from the Birds" in the church of the Augustinian monastery, he wanted to talk to us about it and how it is linked to Goethe and Alexander von Humboldt.

We will miss him greatly, not only there.


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