The prestigious spaces Knauf’s work points towards are typically clad in surfaces crafted from stone, fine wood and metal. The first work cycle on display in the front section of the gallery revisits these high quality materials. The artist arranges them as formal studies with classic proportions. Upon further exploring the show, the visitors witness a process of gradual dismantling, or rather an incremental gaze behind the facade: The premium surfaces are replaced with rough contemporary construction materials, such as drywall sheets and metal stud frames, which are transformed by the artist according to aesthetic considerations. Grooves segment the sheets’ surfaces, steel screws become structuring elements, metal rails emulate a rudimentary colonnade. These works that form this second cycle are meticulously crafted and maintain a sense of ‘noble’ formality and proportion. The supposedly pedestrian materials step out of their shadow existence as construction materials of an ordinarily invisible substructure and are themselves morphing into an ennobled surface on display. In his play of omission, exposure and upgrading, and the simultaneous building of a connection between a specific time in history and a contemporary condition, Knauf reveals the precious surface materials as construction elements of a fragile modernist fiction and uncovers a physical as much as a psychological supporting structure.