Anne Line Billinger
Juliane von Herz
28 international contemporary artists, all of which were former or are currently students of Frankfurt's renowned art academy Stadelschule, have been invited to work at the interface of art and literature at a very special place steeped in history: formerly public library of Frankfurt, the neo-classical 19th century building has been destroyed in the 2nd world war and its portico was the only part to survive. Curator: Juliane von Herz.
Curator: Juliane von Herz
The Literaturhaus Frankfurt in cooperation with the independent curator Juliane von Herz are pleased to announce the opening of the group exhibition BOXER. 28 international contemporary artists, all of which were former or are currently students of Frankfurt's renowned art academy Städelschule have been invited to work at the interface of art and literature at a very special place steeped in history:
Formerly public library of Frankfurt, the neo-classical 19th century building has been destroyed in the 2nd world war and its portico was the only part to survive. In 1987 a container called PORTIKUS was installed behind the historical columns and served for many years as an exhibition space for young emerging international art. The PORTIKUS, which is linked to the academy Städelschule, soon gained an enormous reputation worldwide but nevertheless in 2003 had to move to a new location on an island on the River Main. This container gave way to the reconstructed public library that reopened in 2005 as the new home of the Frankfurter Literaturhaus.
The carefully chosen group of young artists refers in a way to the former tradition and once again brings back visual art to a space now dedicated to literature. Their works, most of them particularly created for the house as site specific projects, explore all kind of possible media (e.g. photography, installation, sculpture, painting) mostly to reflect the architectural and historical situation of the building. But the approach is manifold: some of them simply considering the building as just another exhibition space or referring to subjects of literature that have had an impact on their œuvre.
The overall motivation for Juliane von Herz for setting up the show Boxer is obvious: Frankfurt today is more than ever an important center for young contemporary art, due to the preeminent standard of education that the Städelschule provides for her students.
Artists in the Exhibition:
Anne Line Billinger / Shannon Bool / Sunah Choi / Andreas Diefenbach / Jana Euler / Manuel Gnam / Thilo Heinzmann / Lena Henke / Simone Junker / Sergej Jensen / Stefan Kern / Marion Kober / Dennis Loesch / Stefan Müller / Martin Neumaier / Stehn Raupach / Flo Maak / Oliver Voss / Thomas Judin / Michael Pfrommer / Peyman Rahimi / Anne Speier / Steffen Suckale / Jelena Trivic / Michael Moos / Adrian Williams / Andrei Koschmieder / Naneci Yurdagül
Sponsoring and Support: Ernst & Young AG, Dewey Leboeuf LLP, Verein der StädelschulePortikus e.V. and the Portikus Frankfurt
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