DEN HØJDESYGE AF MARQUIS DE LESSERT
Avlskarl Gallery is pleased to announce Florian Meisenberg’s first solo show with the gallery.
In 1789, during a walk, the Marquis of Lessert drank water from the Sainte Catherine spring on the land of a Mr. Cachat. The marquis, who was allegedly suffering from kidney and liver problems, drank the water regularly while he walked, and claimed that his health improved. Encouraged by Lessert’s advocacy of the ‘miraculous’ water, local doctors began to prescribe it as a health remedy. In response to the growing success of the water, Mr Cachat fenched off his spring and began selling the water. The first baths appeared i 1824. The name of the spring was changed from Sainte Catherine to the Cachat Source. Two years later, the Duke of Savoy gave his permission to start bottling water from the spring and in 1829 the first Société des Eaux Minérales (Mineral Water company) was founded. In 1859 the business became a public company as the “Société anonyme des beaux minérales de Cachat” and a year later it became French when Savoy was incorporated into France. The French Ministry of Health reauthorized the bottling of Cachat water on the recommendation of the Medicine academy in 1878. In 1909 Evian water began to be sold in glass bottles. In 1995 Evian switched to collapsible PET bottles.
Altitude sickness – also known as AMS (acute mountain sickness) – is a pathological effect on high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure in an environment with low partial pressure of oxygen. It commonly occurs above 2,400 metres, but can also occur in lower altitude. It’s hard to determine who will be affected, as there are no specific factors that correlate with a susceptibility to altitude sickness. Several of factors can occur at the same time, but headache is often the first identifiable symptom. Some of the primary ‘unspecific’ symptoms to diagnose altitude sickness are lack of appetite, fatigue, insomnia, dizziness, nosebleed, nausea, edema etc. In extreme cases altitude sickness can be fatal.
Florian Meisenberg (born 1980 in Berlin) lives and works in New York. He graduated from Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he studied with Peter Doig from 2004 to 2010. Meisenberg has exhibited his work at numerous of museums and art galleries, among others Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, KW Kunstwerke Berlin, Wentrup Gallery, Berlin, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, Queens Museum of Art, New York, Tanja Pol Galerie, Munich and Kate MacGarry Gallery, London. Upcoming shows: Wentrup Gallery, Gallery Weekend Berlin, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Galerie Václava Špály, Prague and Mendes Wood, São Paulo.
His comprehensive monograph titled www.liveleak.com and edited by Uta Grosenick was recently published by DISTANZ.
His work is recently included in the exhibition Dreamland at KUNSTEN in Aalborg. Meisenberg has received several prizes, including Kunstpreis Junger Westen (2013), the NRW Förderpreis and the Arbeitsstipendium der Stiftung Kunstfonds in Bonn.