Poster for the event »Sofa so good«

An online exhibition by NOVA art space

Available on the Instagram channel @sofasogood.nova  from January 18, 2021

NOVA art space is pleased to announce the online exhibition SOFA SO GOOD, which will be available on the platform @sofasogood.nova on Instagram starting January 18, 2021. From January 18 to 22, there will be an accompanying program of lectures, film screenings, music and performances, which will be broadcast on the same channel at 20:21h CET each day.

The exhibition SOFA SO GOOD is dedicated to the sofa as a piece of furniture, a lifestyle object and place to spend time, but also as a symbol of a present state of mind. At a time when most people's lives take place at home, the sofa has become a focal point and even more so a place for artistic production and reception.

In recent decades, the sofa has developed as one of the most important pieces of furniture in cultural history. Today, it is hard to imagine homes, waiting areas, cafes and even doctors' offices without sofas; there is a suitable model for each taste, purpose and budget. There’s hardly a sitcom in which the actors don't meet on the sofa – the central place in the family living room. In talk and TV shows, stars and politicians are received and questioned on them. In countless films and theater productions, but also in pop songs, the sofa is a stage for rapprochement and intimacy, a place for social interaction as well as for resting and recharging one's batteries, but also a symbol for retreat and seclusion within one's own four walls.

SOFA SO GOOD takes a look at the sofa under the current circumstances and considers it from fifteen different artistic perspectives. Here, the sofa can be an object of use, but also one that is historically and culturally charged; its materiality and design can come into focus, but also its role as a piece of furniture that has been duplicated millions of times. Against this backdrop, reflections will be made on private and public spaces and how their meaning, and thus the role of the sofa, has changed in recent months. Whether we like it or not, we've all become couch potatoes, stranded on the deserted island in the living room.

So far so good. If the visitors can't come to the art, NOVA art space brings it to them – straight to their sofas.

Live programme 18 – 22 January, 2021, starting 20:21h each:
18 January: artist talk with Jan Tichy
19 January: performance by Fette Sans
20 January: DJ set by VVEBER + LEMMA
21 January: lecture by Boris Buden
22 January: film screening by John Russell

Participating artists:
Laura Aberham, Duygu Aydoğan, Hannah Sophie Dunkelberg, Marcus Glahn, Jenna Gribbon, Kanako Ishii, Verena Issel, Madita Kloss, Vera Kox, Li-Wen Kuo, John Russell, Fette Sans, Selma Selman, Ulrike Theusner, Jan Tichy

NOVA art space team 2020/21:
Sahrah Lucia Feyerabend, Bela Moritz, Helin Özdemir, Felicitas Packeiser, Fauziah Permatasari, Rio Usui

Curatorial director:
Katharina Wendler