Münster Notebook: An Annotated Tour of Skulptur Projekte 2017

John Knight, John Knight, A Work in situ, 2017, outside the LWL Museum.

John Knight is a man of subtle, sly, restrained interventions, and he was in fine form in Münster, hanging a supersize level on the facade of the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, which reopened with a large new expansion in 2014. It is, on one hand, a deadpan metaphor for the institutional power of museums, setting narratives and defining histories—keeping things level—and on the other, a practical, working tool. To my eye, it looks like the LWL is in fine form right now, standing up straight, but we know that, should it remain in place, Knight’s level will one day register a tilt—everything lists, eventually.