John Isaacs, The Architecture of Empathy (Pieta) 1, 2012, Privatsammlung
Exhibition | 20.05.2017 EXTENDED TIL 25.03.2018

Proof of Life / Lebenszeichen

Works from a Private Collection
The construction of the Tower of Babel as a massacre. The artist as a dead revolutionary. A stained-glass window made from butterfly wings. Proof of Life brings together 100 paintings, sculptures and photographic works that investigate existential questions in a both palpable and profound manner. Their aesthetic impact inevitably draws the viewer into its spell. What these works bring to view is linked to a tradition of influential pictures, some of which go far back in time. The presented works simultaneously quote, seduce, irritate, provoke and thematize concepts of moral values. This includes a summons not only to situate in historical terms what is being seen, but also to relate it quite concretely to the present. The works come from a private collection that has never before been publicly presented in this form. Proof of Life presents a precise selection of in some cases space-encompassing but always impressive works by international artistic stars such as Louise Bourgeois, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Anton Corbijn, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and Daniel Richter. [more...]
Slavs and Tatars, Friendship of Nations – Polish Shi’ite Showbiz , 2011 (Detail), Sammlung Christian Kaspar Schwarm, Foto: Wolfgang Stahr
Exhibition | 23.09.2017 - 18.02.2018

Young Collections 04

The Vague Space. Sammlung Christian Kaspar Schwarm
Christian Kaspar Schwarm is a strategy consultant and co-founder of the online platform "Independent Collectors." His constantly growing and freshly contoured collection consists primarily of young international art from thinkers outside the box. Upon reading the names of the artists who up to now have found a place in the collection of the Berlin resident-by-choice, one discovers media-transcending positions with high political and intellectual aspirations. At the same time, there are installations and video works filling entire rooms and directly impacting upon the senses. Schwarm considers the collection of art and his constant exchanges with artists above all as an experiential resource and an opportunity to expand his understanding of the world. This already resonates in the title of the exhibition: in a figurative sense, The Vague Space means a still undefined space which must be conquered and filled with questions by opening oneself with openness and curiosity to the art that is being presented. Within the exhibition, the visitor can linger in an area into which selected volumes from the interdisciplinary library of the collector have been integrated. They not only convey insights into the world view of the collector and his sphere of interests, but also establish cross-references to the artworks on display. [more...]
Henrik Eiben, Being There, 2015, Sammlung Dominic und Cordula Sohst-Brennenstuhl
Exhibition | 01.12.2017 - 03.06.2018

Artist Spaces

For the fifth time, the Weserburg is presenting new artists’ spaces in an exciting sequence. The artists are self-confidently opening up their works and concepts for debate. The exhibition accordingly conveys an insight into the diversity and quality of contemporary artistic production, which is impressively mirrored in the collections of the Weserburg – complemented by selected loans. Precisely in the differences, contradictions and encounters that thereby come to light, the artists’ spaces of the Weserburg react to the complexity of experiencing the world today. Several of the total of sixteen spaces were set up by the artists themselves especially for this exhibition. Besides painting, sculpture, photography and a video work, there are installations involving several media, all the way to a room filled by the Scottish artist Susan Philipsz solely with sounds. [more...]
Anika Huhle, Illuminas (2017)
Exhibition | 03.03.2018 - 01.04.2018

Junges Blut

Ausstellungs- und Kooperationsprojekt mit der Kunstschule Wandsbek
Junges Blut klingt wie eine Frischzellenkur. Und in der Tat bietet das Kooperationsprojekt mit der Kunstschule Wandsbek überraschende Einblicke in das Denken und Wirken junger Menschen. Inspiriert von der großen Sonderausstellung „Proof of Life / Lebenzeichen“ hat eine Gruppe Studierender eigene künstlerische Arbeiten und Konzepte entwickelt, um sie einer interessierten Öffentlichkeit vorzustellen. Brisante Fragen, die die eigene Identität, aber auch existenzielle Erfahrungsbereiche wie Tod und Leben berühren, werden auf vielschichtige Weise thematisiert. Ziel war es, den Studierenden für Kommunikationsdesign die Möglichkeit zu geben, künstlerisch frei zu arbeiten. Zugleich konnten sie die nötigen gestalterischen und organisatorischen Abläufe einer Ausstellungsproduktion kennenlernen. Innerhalb der letzten fünf Monate sind spannende bisweilen sehr persönliche Arbeiten entstanden. Die erfolgreiche Kooperation mit der Kunstschule Wandsbek findet mittlerweile zum dritten Mal statt. [more...]
Viele Geschichten sind in der Ausstellung Proof of Life zu entdecken. Eine QUARTIER-Gruppe vom Treff Spielhaus und vom Kinder- und Familienzentrum Wischmannstraße nimmt ein Bild von Wolfe von Lenkiewicz unter die Lupe. Foto: Frank Pusch
kek Kindermuseum | 25.01.2018 - 18.03.2018

Was Bilder erzählen

Kinderkulturprojekt 2017/18 von QUARTIER gGmbh
Das stadtweite Kinderkulturprojekt von QUARTIER lässt sich inspirieren von der aktuellen Ausstellung ‚Proof of Life – Lebenszeichen’. Lebenszeichen sind es auch, mit denen die Kinder und Jugendlichen auf die Kunstwerke reagieren: „Ah!“ und „Oh!“ und „Iiih!“, „Ist das Blut echt?“, „Warum ist da der Clown von McDonalds?“, „Ist das ein Foto oder gemalt?“, „Was ist unter dem Tuch?“, „Und ist der Mann in der Badewanne tot?“. In der Weserburg liegen die Kinder bäuchlings auf dem Boden, zwischen barbusigem Partybild und Schlafsack-Kunst und zeichnen unbeirrt ihr ausgewähltes Kunstwerk ab. Sie ‚erobern’ die Ausstellungsräume und schauen, entdecken viele Details, führen intensive Gespräche über und mit den Bildern, und können genau sagen, welches ihr ‚schönstes und welches ihr schrecklichstes’ Kunstwerk ist. Im Januar findet die große Projektpräsentation aller Kunstwerke statt. Begleitende Führungen für Gruppen, Kinder und Eltern, Mitmachaktionen, Filmvorführungen und Performances ergänzen die Ausstellung in der Weserburg. Schirmherrschaft: Bürgermeister Dr. Carsten Sieling, Bürgermeister und Präsident des Bremer Senats. [more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 09.02.2018 - 25.03.2018

Keep in touch!

John Cage, Andrzej Dudek-Dürer, Robert Rehfeldt, Takako Saito – Artists’ mail in contemporary art
Letters, invitations, faxes and postcards from artists are often works of art in their own right. John Cage transformed his messages into mesostics, in which the middle letters of the words arranged vertically constituted a poem referring specifically to the recipient. Andrzej Dudek-Dürer uses his graphic works for his correspondence. Robert Rehfeldt wrote and drew letters which he then reproduced as art letters before furnishing them with individual greetings and stamp impressions. Takako Saito constructs her own exhibition invitations in the form of small objects enhanced with personal messages. A selection of artists’ post by other authors completes the presentation of the works of these artists. [more...]
Robert Therrien: Ohne Titel (Butterfly), 1990, Sammlung Lafrenz © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010
Works of Art from the Collections

Minimal. Here and Now

Works from the Lafrenz Collection
The Lafrenz Collection has substantially influenced the self-concept and image of the Weserburg, the collector’s museum in the middle of the river Weser, since its inception. As early as the 1970s, the Hamburg-based pharmacist Dr. Klaus Lafrenz had assembled a powerful and unmistakable collection of key positions in Minimal Art, Conceptual Art, Arte Povera, and related art trends from the United States and Europe. What particularly stands out is their questioning of the media and materials as well as of the basic conditions of the artist’s perception of these. Indeed, most of Lafrenz’s paintings, sculptures, and installations do not represent anything in a mimetic sense, do not depict anything that might exist outside of themselves. Instead, they create in a sensorial way unmistakable situations and confrontations that are immediately transferred into the space and ultimately to the viewer as well. [more...]

News

The Foundation Board appoints Janneke de Vries as the new director of the Weserburg. She will succeed Peter Friese from 1 October 2018. [more]

Free admission for children and adolescents

From January 2018, the Sparkasse Bremen will allow all children and adolescents up to the age of 18 free admission to the Weserburg.

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Proof of Life / Lebenszeichen
Sunday 18.February, 15.00 Hour 

Proof of Life / Lebenszeichen
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