Kinderszenen â€“ Child's Play. The show explores the childlike joy of discovery, but also the limits of childhood itself with fascinating scenes from the perspective of adults who have been inspired by a past that is not their own. 13 internationally artists have created works specifically for the rooms of the castle. For the first time, the accompanying Rohkunstbau Festival shares the theme of the exhibition, and in doing so expands the thematic argument to include performing arts
The Rohkunstbau XII exhibition â€œKinderszenen â€“ Child's Playâ€ will entice audiences with fabulous fairy tale worlds filled with chimaeras, dwarves, dreams and nightmares. It will explore the childlike joy of discovery, but also the limits of childhood itself with fascinating scenes from the perspective of adults who have been inspired by a past that is not their own.
Thirteen internationally renowned artists have travelled to the countryside to find inspiration as they remember their childhood and reflect on the nature of being a child today. They have created their works specifically for Gross Leuthen Castle, which during and after the Second World War served as an orphanage and has thus for over a half century been witness to hundreds of experiences, children's dreams and children's fates. Very different from one another, the rooms of the castle mirror the conglomerate of styles that characterise the whole structure. Their spellbinding diversity has served both as a challenge and inspiration to the participating artists.
The works of art showcased in the Rohkunstbau XII exhibition reflect the history of the building as well as the individual memories of the artists. Above and beyond that, they highlight current issues surrounding childhood in our aging society. Rohkunstbau XII is a trip down memory laneâ€”a journey which is rewritten each time it is taken, always revealing its relationship to the here and now in new and unexpected ways.
For the first time, the accompanying Rohkunstbau Festival shares the theme of the exhibition, and in doing so expands the thematic argument to include performing arts: for nine weeks, music, performance, theatre, film and literature readings will engage with the topic of childhood memories from a variety of perspectives. Not by chance, the title â€œKinderszenenâ€ corresponds to the composition by Robert Schumann of the same name. The thirteen pieces that Schumann wrote in 1838 reflect upon childlike impressions, joys and fears, as well as the mechanisms of memory.
Louise Bourgeois (FR/US) - installation
Sergej Bratkov (UA) â€“ photography
Jake und Dinos Chapman (GB) â€“ sculpture
Yann Delacour (FR) â€“ installation
Marcel Dzama (CA) â€“ drawings
Fang Lijun (CN) - painting
Laura Ford (GB) â€“ sculpture
///////////fur//// (DE) â€“ media installation
Michael Kutschbach (AU) â€“ installation
Via Lewandowsky (DE) â€“ painting
BjÃ¸rn Melhus (NO) â€“ video
Michael Sailstorfer (DE) â€“ installation
Cornelius VÃ¶lker (DE) â€“ painting
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue.
Image: Sergej Bratkov
The patron of the Rohkunstbau projects in 2005 is Wolfgang Thierse, President of the German Bundestag.
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Gross Leuthen Castle
Wasserschloss, 15913 Gross Leuthen/Spreewald, Germany
Wednesday to Friday 2 to 8 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 8 pm
Exhibtion: 6 â‚¬
Reduced tickets: 3 â‚¬
Festival: 10 â‚¬
Cinema: 6 â‚¬
Combi ticket shuttle bus, festival, exhibtion, box office 20 â‚¬
Combi ticket shuttle bus, festival, exhibtion, advance booking 17 â‚¬
VISITOR Information Schloss, 15913 GroÃŸ Leuthen
Wednesday to Friday 2 â€“ 8 pm, Saturday, Sunday 10 am â€“ 8 pm
Tickets: +49 (0)30 49500979
A bus shuttle service will be available from Berlin - GroÃŸ Leuthen â€“ Berlin.
It starts Saturdays at 4 pm at the Schlossplatz, Berlin â€“ Mitte.