Monheim Cube

The cube and the three segments are currently being revised, since there have been problems with moisture penetration and the installed LEDs. The integrated sound system also needs to be optimized. The city expects the repair to take a few weeks. After that, the cube and the three segments will return to their respective locations.

Mischa Kuball: monheim_cube, 2022

The boulevard linking Monheim bus station with Eierplatz square is illuminated by a work of art by Mischa Kuball that is visible from afar.

“monheim_cube” consists of a large walk-in cube made of tubes of white light. In the form of a luminous square, its basic form is embedded in the ground just a few steps away. By working with a square, the artist has deliberately chosen a very simple form, thus making one thing clear: this work of art does not tell a story; rather, it wants to be experienced through our senses. When you approach it, it becomes apparent that it reacts interactively to our movement. The closer you get, the brighter it glows.

The highlight is the fact that the large cube contains a sound installation with various pieces of music and sound, the volume of which also adjusts to movement. The work of art combines light and sound and reacts to its environment, constantly changing its appearance. Depending on the time of the year or day, it creates an ever-changing mood and consequently also changes the space in which we move together.

Reflecting the central cube, three luminous fragments of the cube are located at various entrance and exit roads of the Monheim Mitte district, thus extending the artwork into the entire urban space.

Stadt Monheim am Rhein (Hg.), Mischa Kuball: monheim_cube. Ein Künstlermagazin, Wienand Verlag 2022, 64 S., mit Textbeiträgen von: Vanessa Joan Müller (Ed.), Katharina Braun, Elke Buhr, Mischa Kuball, Reiner Michalke, Isabel Port, Thomas Venker, Daniel Zimmermann
Erscheinungsdatum: 21. Dezember 2022, ISBN 978-3-86832-732-8

Biography of artist Mischa Kuball

1959 born in Düsseldorf
since 1977 works of art in public spaces
since 2003 member of the Artistic Advisory Council at the Center for International Light Art Unna
2004–2007 Media Art Lecturer at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design/ZKM
since 2007 Professorship for Public Art at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne

Exhibitions (selection)
1995 Projections/Reflections; Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Cologne
2008 Re:Mix/ Broca II (Letters/Numbers), Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, Australia
2008 Private Light for the Ráday Utca, Goethe Institut Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
2010 Mischa Kuball: New Pott – Neue Heimat Im Revier, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg
2014 Mischa Kuball – Les Fleurs Du Mal (Blumen Für Marl), Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl
2017/2019 res·o·nant, Jewish Museum Berlin
2021/22 Referenzräume, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

Scholarships and awards
winner of the Ars Viva award
1991 scholarship for contemporary photography from the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach foundation, Essen
1998 scholarship Villa Massimo, Rome
2016 German Lighting Design Award

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