Welcome to the Jungle was an exhibition celebrating the 50th an­niver­sary of Kun­sthalle Düssel­dorf am Grabbe­platz, featuring video in­stal­la­tions, per­for­mances, large-scale pro­duc­tions, and site-spe­cif­ic works by in­ter­na­tion­al artists, main­ly the works and per­spec­tives of a younger gen­er­a­tion.

The exhibition highlighted artis­tic prac­tices concentrating on the aes­thet­ic di­men­sion of art in or­der to sharp­en our aware­ness of the para­dox­es and con­tra­dic­tions in contemporary life, a jun­gle of in­for­ma­tion, wis­dom, half-truths, prej­u­dices, and rules. The se­lect­ed works do not so much spec­i­fy a con­crete path or paint an apoc­a­lyp­tic pic­ture, but in­stead se­ri­ous­ly and whole­heart­ed­ly ex­am­ine the re­al­i­ties of the jun­gle and ul­ti­mate­ly en­cour­age the view­er to
pur­sue stim­u­lat­ing ques­tions and ex­plore new ap­proach­es or po­et­ic and ab­surd paths in an en­cour­ag­ing and hu­mor­ous at­mo­sphere.

For Welcome to the Jungle, Urbano recreated an installation first shown at ChertLüdde in 2017. Resembling an abandoned office complex, the installation is a labyrinthine construction of deceptive architecture, a play on fiction and reality.

Corridor, 2017
5 elements: 2 doors, 2 lamps, cup: Cardboard, paper, glue, foam, plexiglas, metal, paint, artificial light
2 doors, each:: 210 × 80 × 8 cm
2 lamps, each: 10 × 100 × 20 cm
cup: 10.5 cm ø 9 cm
Installation view
Letters, 2017
13 Elements: 12 letters, one letter flap
Metal, paint
Dimensions variable
Office, 2017
25 elements: three boxes, two vents, 18 sheets, one pen, one pencil, ceiling, carpet, cardboard, paper, glue, foam, plexiglas, metal, paint, artificial light
Dimensions variable
Installation view
Plant, 2018
Metal, paint
120 × 40 × 62 cm
Box, 2017
2 elements; metal box and metal paper
box: 45 × 44.5 × 42 cm
Installation view
He would always leave a window open, even at night, 2018
64 metal leaves, paint
He would always leave a window open, even at night, 2018
64 metal leaves, paint
He would always leave a window open, even at night, 2018
64 metal leaves, paint