Boys/Girls / Andreas Slominski
An exhibition curated by pupils of the Carl-von-Weinberg-School
18 young people from the art foundation course (level 12) are making an exhibition with the works from the collection of MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst.
A cooperation project between MMK and the Carl-von-Weinberg School, Frankfurt.
An art exhibition derives its momentum from the exciting interaction of the works on show. And it is the exhibition makers’ job to make for interesting associations between the exhibits, to provide new perspectives on the individual works, and to render the theme in question accessible to everyone. They decide what is shown to visitors, how and especially why it is shown. For "Show up!" the young team of curators decided on the subject "Boys/Girls". A subject that quite obviously interests not only young people: MMK offers a rich fund of artistic work on the subject, illustrating all kinds of facets of "male" and "female". The preliminary selection made available to the young people comprises works by current-day artists such as Silvia Bächli, Stefan Balkenhol, Marlene Dumas, Johannes Hüppi, Michael Kalmbach, Manfred Stumpf and Kara Walker. Just what kind of content the exhibition will focus on, what kinds of points of friction, contradictions and harmonies will become visible between the works themselves as well as between the works and the young peoples’ perspectives are things that will be highlighted in the exhibition at MMK as of June 9, 2010.
"Show up!" was devised in an extremely close collaboration between the museum and the school. The project investigates innovative opportunities for cooperation and curricular teaching outside the school environment. In "Show up", the communication of art is seen as the active production of culture and young people as visible producers of culture.
10.6. – 15.8.2010
Double - 40 Years of Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven
An exhibition series by the MMK in cooperation with Gregor Schneider and Moritz Wesseler
As of today, a thick, blue mat with high jump equipment set up in front of it awaits visitors to MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt/Main. However, this is not some kind of new competition location for the more sporting visitors to the museum, but an artwork, Fallen, Hochsprunganlagen, Berg Sportgeräte, set up by artist Andreas Slominski for the Double exhibition series. The work was first devised in 1988 for Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst in Bremerhaven and has been reconstructed true to the original at MMK. All the individual exhibition sections in the "Double" series showcase examples of projects from the legendary Bremerhaven gallery, copied for the museum in Frankfurt in close collaboration with the curators, Gregor Schneider and Moritz Wesseler.
On show at MMK until August 15, the work belongs to Slominski's group of "Fallen/Traps", a word that is particularly characteristic of the artist, who frequently refers to himself as a "trapper". Slominski truly loves to create ambiguous works full of humor, and his traps are usually taken from everyday life. This particular work is not a trap for an animal and instead more a somewhat abstract trap.
This standard high jump equipment is in full working order. Unlike Marcel Duchamp’s ready-mades, where the article declared a piece of art was consciously stripped of its basic functions, in Andreas Slominski’s case, the traps even have a dual function, they are both works of art and sports equipment. In formal terms, the high jump equipment echoes the crossbar in the window of the reproduced exhibition room with its horizontals and verticals, and thus in an otherwise empty room underscores the color, shape and aesthetic character of the work of art. The sports equipment stands in the room in such a way that it could be used, if you simply jumped through the glass window, that is. By presenting facts that are nevertheless somehow askew, it could thus become a trap. What becomes apparent here is that the artist’s oeuvre is characterized by subtle and multi-layered levels of interpretation. The trap is a calculated relationship between cause and effect, and they strike a perfect balance. It is accordingly a prime symbol for the art of Andreas Slominski.
Admittedly, "all" that the exhibition shows is standard high jump equipment, but this becomes ensnares our expectations, causing us to reflect on perception and art.
As part of the exhibition, Gerd Mörsch will be holding a lecture on Andreas Slominski's traps at MMK at 7 p.m. on June 24.
Access & Distribution (or: Who Owns the Public Museum?)
17 June 2010, 7pm
Jan Debbaut & Marysia Lewandowska
Moderation: Nikolaus Hirsch
The seeming success of the museum as a popular cultural model ultimately questions its underlying modes of accessibility and distribution. Following a screening of Neil Cummings & Marysia Lewandowska’s film "Museum Futures: Distributed" curator and museum expert Jan Debbaut and artist Marysia Lewandowska debate the future of the museum as a public institution.
Image: Andreas Slominski, Fallen-Hochsprunganlage – Berg Sportgeräte, 1988
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Opening Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 7 p.m.
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