Schatten-Licht was an exhibition of objects and paintings by Uschi Lux, accompanied by a site specific sound installation by Chris Williams. The installation was shown in the World War II-era bunker beneath the Martinskirche in Stuttgart, Germany from May 24 – June 8, 2019.

Uschi’s works included mixed media paintings using collage elements, as well as several delicate sculptures she calls “Kokons” (“Cocoons”), made of woven wire and covered with cellulose “skins,” and incorporating other materials such as wood, string, and eggshells. Also exhibited was a video documenting the burning of one of the Kokons.

Chris’s accompanying sound installation was based on sounds recorded in Uschi’s studio, in the bunker, and in the surrounding neighborhood. Samples were mixed live during the exhibition opening and a 37-minute recording constituting a mix of the sounds was looped during its opening hours.

The bunker beneath the Martinskirche was built in the 1930s at a time when regulations required that new churches include air raid protection. The Martinskirche is also located about 100 meters from Stuttgart’s Nordbahnhof, from which the city’s Jews were deported to concentration camps under the Nazi regime. It was largely destroyed in the bombing of 1944 and then rebuilt in 1950. Learn more about the bunker here and about the history of the parish more generally here. (German only) 


Paintings and Objects by Uschi Lux
Bunker underneath the Martinskirche 
Eckartstra├če 2, Stuttgart-Nord
(U12 to Milchhof or Mittnachtstra├če)


Friday, May 24, 2019 | 19:30
Chris Williams – live sound mixing
Friz Wank – bass
Heike David – Butoh dance

Installation duration

May 24 – June 8, 2019
Open Saturdays 17:00 – 19:30


Saturday, June 8, 2019 | 19:30