Sue de Beer
Klaus vom Bruch
Scott King/Matt Worley
Andree Korpys/Markus LÃ¶ffler
Rob Moonen/Olaf Arndt
Stih & Schnock
Willem (Bernhard Holtrop)
The RAF-Exhibition: a show whose aim is to research and, for the first time, to present together the media echo of the Red Army Faction and artistic positions directly or indirectly addressing the history of the RAF. More than 100 works by more than 50 international artists from three generations will be exhibited. By Klaus Biesenbach, Ellen Blumenstein, Felix Ensslin.
By: Klaus Biesenbach, Ellen Blumenstein, Felix Ensslin
Two years ago, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin began preparing an exhibition whose aim is to research and, for the first time, to present together the media echo of the Red Army Faction and artistic positions directly or indirectly addressing the history of the RAF. More than 100 works by more than 50 international artists from three generations will be exhibited.
In two ways, the curatorial principle of the exhibition takes account of the perception of the RAF formed in and through the media. On the one hand, by citing and displaying examples of this media presence in the form of 29 dates tied to the history of the RAF's terrorism in the 1970s. Here one can see what one could see at that time and what, in this "being seen", decisively molded the "imagining of terror and the imagining of the RAF" in West German society. Magazine title pages and selected articles from the print media Bild Zeitung, Spiegel, Stern, SÃ¼ddeutsche Zeitung, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, as well as excerpts from television coverage by the broadcasters ARD, ZDF, and Aktueller Kamera document the period.
On the other hand and at the same time, it is made clear to the viewer that the artistic grappling with this perception of a reality created by the media is multi-dimensionally differentiated and makes it more directly and differently experiencable. This is especially visible in a work like Gerhard Richter's "Atlas". Plates 470-479, which deal with the theme of the RAF, are not "preparatory works" for the famous serial "October 18, 1977", but an autonomous work revealing the tension between media reality and artistic perception, in both the objective and the subjective sense. The exhibition will thus show that it is precisely artistic works that, through their whole relationship to history and the present, make decisive contributions to illuminating from various perspectives the abstract "reality-sign RAF", as Klaus Theweleit has termed it.
The aim of the exhibition is to reveal these public spheres as diversely as possible by exhibiting what was and, through the selection of sources and artistic works, to document the possibilities of perception that are structured by the media.
List of Artists
Franz Ackermann, Dennis Adams , Bettina Allamoda, Eleanor Antin, Thomas Bayrle, Sue de Beer, Ulrich Bernhardt, Joseph Beuys, Dara Birnbaum, Klaus vom Bruch, Erin Cosgrove , Lutz Dammbeck, Christoph Draeger, Felix Droese, Heinz Emigholz, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Peter Friedl, Johan Grimonprez, Rudolf Herz, JÃ¶rg Immendorff, Johannes Kahrs, Scott King, Scott King/Matt Worley, Martin Kippenberger, Rainer Kirberg, Astrid Klein, Andree Korpys/Markus LÃ¶ffler, Bruce LaBruce, Claude LÃ©vÃªque, Theo Ligthart, Jonathan Meese, Michaela Meise, Michaela MeliÃ¡n, Klaus Mettig, Olaf Metzel, Rob Moonen/Olaf Arndt, Hans Niehus, Marcel Odenbach, Sigmar Polke, Yvonne Rainer, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Ruff, Thomas SchÃ¼tte, Katharina Sieverding, K.R.H. Sonderborg, Klaus Staeck, Stih & Schnock, Frank Thiel, Wolf Vostell, Peter Weibel, Willem (Bernhard Holtrop), Johannes Wohnseifer
Two publications are available:
Regarding Terror: The RAF-Exhibition Volume 1 - Black and White, German, 712 pages
Regarding Terror: The RAF-Exhibition Volume 2 - Color, German, 280 pages
Editor: Klaus Biesenbach - Steidl Verlag - Price of both publications: 45 Euro KW / 65 Euro
Next site of the exhibition - June 24 - August 28, 2005 - Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
to the artists who contributed to the auction to support the exhibition project: Marina Abramovic, Doug Aitken, Francis AlÃ¿s, Monica Bonvicini, Dinos and Jake Chapman, Thomas Demand, Andreas Gursky, Carsten HÃ¶ller, Paul Pfeiffer, Ugo Rondinone, Lawrence Weiner and Jane and Louise Wilson
as well as the patron of the auction, former German Interior Minister Gerhart Baum. Mondriaan Foundation - Netherlands Culture Fund of the Dutch Ministries for Foreign Affairs and Education, Culture and Science. Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung, e-flux.
Opening: January 29, 2005, 5 - 9 p.m.
Image: Joseph Beuys - DÃ¼rer, ich fÃ¼hre persÃ¶nlich Baader + Meinhof durch die Dokumenta V - 1972 - Leihgeber Sammlung Speck, KÃ¶ln
Further information: Markus MÃ¼ller, Maike Cruse t: ++49 30 24 34 59 50, firstname.lastname@example.org
KW Institute for Contemporary Art - AuguststraÃŸe 69 - Berlin
Duration of the exhibition: January 30 - May 16, 2005
Hours: Tu - Su noon - 7 p.m., Th noon - 9 p.m.
St. Johannes-Evangelist-Kirche - AuguststraÃŸe 90 - Berlin
Duration of the exhibition: January 30 - March 27, 2005
Hours: Tu - Su noon - 7 p.m., Th noon - 9 p.m
January 10 - February 20, 2005, Tu - Su noon - 6 pm
6 Euro, discount 4 Euro