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12th Triennial of Small Sculpture

Alte Kelter, Fellbach

Utopia starts small. A total of 55 artists of all generations are represented. Going beyond art, the exhibition examines exemplary approaches from architecture, theatre and design. In addition to historical positions, the focus is on young artists whose works have largely arisen in situations of upheaval in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia.

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curators Yilmaz Dziewior and Angelika Nollert

On Saturday 22 June 2013 at 17.00 the 12th Fellbach Triennial of Small Scale Sculpture will be opened. Innovative and rich in tradition, the exhibition has taken place since 1980. Initially conceived as a show of nationally produced art, it rapidly acquired European and global dimensions. Meanwhile, it has established itself as the major recurring exhibition of contemporary sculpture in South Germany with an international reputation. The venue is the imposing Alte Kelter with its 2,500 square metres of exhibition space.

Yilmaz Dziewior and Angelika Nollert are the curators of the 12th Triennial. This is the first time in the long history of the exhibition that a duo has taken on responsibility for the exhibition conception and the choice of artists. Since 2009 Yilmaz Dziewior has been the Director of the Kunsthaus Bregenz which plays an eminent role in the international world of art. Since 2007 Angelika Nollert has been the Director of the New Museum – State Museum for Art and Design, Nuremberg. With its innovative exhibition formats at the crossover between art and design this institution is also one of the major museums of contemporary art.

The title of this year's Triennial is UTOPIE BEGINNT IM KLEINEN / UTOPIA STARTS SMALL. How are utopias articulated in the small format, in designs and experiments? What new answers do artists come up with in terms of visions for life? What effect did the seminal year of 1989, the demise of the socialist states, have on ideologies and utopias? How does a generation of artists for whom these events have long since become history position itself? The exhibition investigates these and other questions. Furthermore, aside from the visual arts, it explores exemplary approaches in architecture, theatre and design. Some 55 artists of all generations will be participating, including Luis Camnitzer, Nathan Coley, Meschac Gaba, Carlos Garaicoa, Konstantin Grcic, Maria Eichhorn, Erwin Piscator, Eckhard Schulze-Fielitz, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Danh Võ and Haegue Yang.

The Triennial was born in Fellbach in 1980 as a forum of contemporary small-scale sculpture. Since then it has been held every three years and has become an internationally renowned exhibition with an outstanding profile. The Triennial owes its good reputation to the uncompromising modernity of the art exhibited, the willingness of the organisers to take risks and the high qualifications of the respective artistic director. The curators are solely responsible for the choice of artists and works.

The exhibition is supported by the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg and the German Federal Cultural Foundation, by the WGV Insurance Foundation, the Sparkasse Finance Group, the Kreissparkasse Waiblingen Foundation, Assoziation Bergmann, the Stadtwerke Fellbach GmbH and the Fellbach Small Scale Sculpture Triennial Friends Association.

A catalogue will be published for the exhibition (German-English),
ca. 250 pages, price 24 €
Introductory texts and articles about the artists and the works
Numerous illustrations
Publisher: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König

Accompanying programme:

Fellbach Town Gallery and Town Hall Foyer
Ludwig Gies (1887–1966) – Sculptor of Silence
and the Ludwig Gies Prize for the Triennial of Small-scale Sculpture
A catalogue will be published.
Opening hours Tue–Fri 16:00–19:00; Sat, Sun 14:00–18:00

The exhibits will present a compact survey of the oeuvre of Ludwig Gies, the sculptor who became famous for the Federal eagle in Bonn. Since 1995, the LETTER Stiftung has awarded the Ludwig Gies Prize to two artists participating in the Triennial. The prize-winning works to date can be viewed at the Town Hall.

Fellbach Town Museum
Models of my town
Pupils of Zeppelin-Werkrealschule have explored the town and created drafts and counterdrafts based on their real surroundings. The resulting objects and photographs will be presented at an exhibition designed by the young people themselves.
In cooperation with the Youth Art School and the Town Museum
Opens on 27 June at 19:00, Opening hours: Tue–Sun 14:00–18:00, until 29 September

Open Day
On the “Day of KulturRegion Stuttgart” (7 July) and on Triennial Open Day (1 September), entrance is free. Tours will be conducted at 11:00, 15:00 and 17:00.

For Children and Young People

Summer Holiday Academy
To flank the Triennial, the Youth Art School (Jugendkunstschule) will be holding a young people’s summer holiday academy with workshops on topics including “Star Wars”, “Wooden water vehicles”, “Plaster Sculptures” and “Master Builders of the Future”. Information: Youth Art School, phone +49 711/5851-471

Writing Contest for School Pupils
Starting off from an opening sentence aimed to inspire the imagination, there will be a writing contest for Year 5 to Year 12 school pupils. Young people interested should please contact Fellbach Town Library (Stadtbücherei). The contest opens on 8 April 2013. Closing date for entries: 29 June 2013. Information: Town Library, phone + 49 711/5851-721

Long Night of Culture and Shopping
Small but select!
The traditional Culture Night on Saturday 20 July – with contributions from the Music School, Town Library, Gallery and Town Museum, and from shops and stores in the town centre – will make small format its central theme. The Triennial will stay open until 23:00, entrance is free. The Jazz@large jazz ensemble will improvise freely on the Triennial motto “Visions start small”.

Literary event
Wednesday 10 July 2013, 20:00
Town Library, Berliner Platz 5
Reading by Oliver Plaschka: Das Licht hinter den Wolken (The Light Behind the Clouds)
The “Magician of fantasy authors” presents his new work. He was born in 1975, did his doctorate at the University of Heidelberg and now works as a freelance author and translator. In 2008 he was awarded the Deutscher Phantastikpreis. In cooperation with Lack bookshop

Films at the Orfeo cinema
Every Thursday in July at 19:00, significant science fiction movies will be shown at Fellbach’s famous Orfeo cinema in an old vaulted cellar.

4.7. “Metropolis”, silent film classic directed by Fritz Lang, D 1927/2010 (152 min.) The horror vision of a mechanised class society: one of the most important works in film history
11.7. “2001: A Space Odyssey” by Stanley Kubrick, GB 1968 (149 min.)
“Number one of the best science fiction films of all times” (American Film Institute)
18.7. “Stalker” by Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR 1979 (160 min.)
The journey to the “Zone” becomes a self-discovery trip. Russian classic.
25.7. “Empire me – L’état c’est moi” by Paul Poet, A/Lux 2011 (99 min.)
Documentary film about various attempts to set up a “Utopia” based on the protagonists’ own ideas.

Series of lectures on the main theme “Utopia”
Starting from the Triennial theme “Utopia begins small”, four lectures will deal with different aspects of the term Utopia. They will be held in the wine bar of the Alte Kelter after a short guided tour of the Triennial. The tours begin at 19:00, the lectures start at 19:30. Food and drink are available. Entrance including Triennial tour: 10 €
In cooperation with the Volkshochschule Unteres Remstal

Thursday 1 August
Paths of Utopia
Thomas More and the history of Utopia
Which major changes and innovations has Utopian thinking gone through in the course of history? This lecture by Munich historian Dr. Thomas Schölderle examines this question from ancient times to today and casts a special look at the notion-forming book “Utopia” written by the English humanist Thomas More in 1516.

Thursday 8 August
Utopias of Biomedicine
What is a human being? Rapid advances in biomedicine – for example research into human genetic make-up – are subliminally linked with Utopias: with the possibility of artificial fertilisation, elimination of disease and age, and the vision of humans creating themselves. Professor Thomas Fuchs holds the Karl Jaspers professorship for Philosophical Principles of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at Heidelberg University and is Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Forum for Biomedicine and Cultural Studies.

Thursday 5 September
The Children of Abraham. On the coexistence of Jews, Christians and Muslims in Europe – a realistic vision
Starting from the division of the Christian confessions in the 16th century and secularisation in the 18th century, the well-known theologian Professor Karl-Josef Kuschel diagnoses a confrontation of different religions and calls for a peaceful coexistence of religions and humanisms in Europe. Prof. Kuschel lectures in theology of culture at the Faculty of Catholic Theology at Tübingen University, was vice-president of the Global Ethic Foundation from 1995 to 2009 and is involved in inter-religious dialogue.

Thursday 19 September
Non-Simultaneities– Utopian Revenants in Contemporary Art
Small-scale sculptures are one of the places where Utopian things can be found. This is the theory of Prof. Kerstin Stakemeier, junior professor at the cx centre for interdisciplinary studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Whereas Utopia has been overthrown as a political idea of our time and as a leitmotif after the dashed hopes of the 20th century, it has survived – contrary to the zeitgeist – in apparently anachronistic forms. This is why small-scale sculpture can serve as a “test card for Utopian thinking, as a trial stage beyond spectacle and prestige.”

Sunday 29 September, 11:00
Alte Kelter
Closing Ceremony of the 12th Triennial
Award of the Triennial Prize, which will be decided by the board of trustees, and the Guest Prizes, which will be sponsored by the Triennial Association; entrance is free.

Press contact:
Heribert Sautter Ph: +49 (0)711 5851364 Fax: +49 (0)711 5851119

Opening on Saturday 22 June 2013 at 17.00
Introduction: Yilmaz Dziewior, Angelika Nollert
Welcoming speeches: Mayor Christoph Palm, Secretary of State Jürgen Walter MP (Landtag Baden-Württemberg), Marie Haff (Federal Cultural Foundation)
Awarding of the Ludwig Gies Prize for Small-scale Sculpture by the LETTER Stiftung, Cologne
Musical accompaniment: Libor Sima Trio
From 19:00 Artists' Party in the marquee next to the Alte Kelter

Alte Kelter
Untertürkheimer Strasse 33 - 70734 Fellbach
Opening hours:
14.00–19.00 Tues – Fri,
14.00–21.00 Thurs,
11.00–19.00 Sat – Sun
Entrance fee
Adults: 5 €
School pupils, students, visitors with 70%+ disablement: 2 €
Children under 12: free of charge
Groups of 10 or more: 3 € per person

12th Triennial of Small Sculpture
dal 21/6/2013 al 28/9/2013

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