Marcel van Eeden
Simon Dybbroe Møller
Mathilde ter Heijne
Gert und Uwe Tobias
Oliver van den Berg
Amelie von Wulffen
David Zink Yi
Antje von Graevenitz
Current positions in contemporary art. The exhibition focuses on the younger generation of artists of German and foreign origin who live and work chiefly in Germany. It attempts rather to demonstrate existing exchange processes at the economic, aesthetic, institutional, and intellectual levels, and shows the international dimension of the national. In a wide variety of ways, the 52 participating artists succeed in expanding and modifying classical media.
From 25th May to 26th August 2007, the kestnergesellschaft, the Kunstverein Hannover, and the Sprengel Museum Hannover, will be presenting current positions in contemporary art from Germany in a major review exhibition.
It focuses on the younger generation of artists of German and foreign origin who live and work chiefly in Germany. The selection of 52 artistic items for the exhibition makes no claim to completeness, preferring a paradigmatic provisional assessment. It is the outcome of nationwide selection process involving numerous visits to studios, intensive exchanges with artists and construction discussions on standpoints and works. The exhibition proclaims no national identity or the existence of genuinely “German art.” It attempts rather to demonstrate existing exchange processes at the economic, aesthetic, institutional, and intellectual levels, and shows the international dimension of the national.
In a wide variety of ways, the participating artists succeed in expanding and modifying classical media. Their own aesthetic language combines different sources, images and information. They effortlessly mix present-day elements with well-known images from contemporary history long since entrenched in collective memory. And they draw on the rich fund of art history: modern art, the concept art of the 1960s and 1970s, minimal art, and currents of the 1980s. The artists submit the modern age to critical reflection, interrogating the relationship between private and public space, examining role patterns and their attribution, and are always on the lookout for a good story.
Presentation has been distributed among the individual institutions in accordance with various criteria. The diversity of artistic media was to be demonstrated in all three institutions. Each “sub-exhibition” is also intended to be self-sufficient, with its own curatorial dramaturgy and both substantive and formal confrontations providing room for comparison and mutual reference.
To attain the objectives of the exhibition, three key Hanoverian institutions in the field of contemporary and modern art, the Sprengel Museum Hannover, the kestnergesellschaft, and Kunstverein Hannover, have joined forces for the first time. Close cooperation on all aspects of planning and staging also underlines the openness and substantive breadth of the project.
The bilingual catalogue (German/English) will provide a discursive treatment of the topic. It will not only document the exhibits and review the oeuvre of participating artists but will also deal with the theoretical background of the economic, aesthetic, and intellectual history dimensions of the project.
Responsibility for the exhibition lies with the directors
Ulrich Krempel (Sprengel Museum Hannover)
Veit Görner (kestnergesellschaft)
Stephan Berg (Kunstverein Hannover).
For the kestnergesellschaft
For the Kunstverein Hannover
For the Sprengel Museum Hannover
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue published by Hatje Cantz with essays by:
Ulrike Groos | Christoph Grunenberg | Jörg Heiser | Georg Imdahl | Rainer Metzger | Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen | Rudolf Schmitz | Birgit Sonna | Christoph Tannert | Antje von Graevenitz | Katrin Wittneven
German/English, app. 360 pages, app. 200 coloured images, app. 35,- Euro, ISBN 978-3-7757-1985-8
The exhibition is being generously funded by:
Federal Cultural Foundation
Lower Saxony Sparkassen Foundation
Hannover Marketing GmbH
Federal State of Lower Saxony
The exhibition is under the patronage of Federal President Horst Köhler.
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Opening of the exhibition
Thursday, May 24, 2007 from 6 pm
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Combined tickets, valid in all three institutions
10 Euro / reduced rate 5 Euro
Group tickets (min. 10 persons), valid in all three institutions
Pro Person 5 Euro / per person € 5
kestnergesellschaft: 5 Euror, reduced rate 2,50 Euro
Kunstverein Hannover: 4 Euro, reduced rate 3 Euro
Sprengel Museum Hannover: 7 Euro, reduced rate 4 Euro