Cindy Sherman, Untitled #418, 2004, Olbricht Collection, Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
Exhibition | 19.05.2018 - 24.02.2019

Cindy Sherman

Works from the Olbricht Collection
In a large solo exhibition the Weserburg is presenting over sixty photographic works by the American artist Cindy Sherman from almost all phases of her extensive oeuvre. This is the first time that so large a collection of pictures by the world-renowned artist is being presented to view in northern Germany. The works represent a special highlight within the Olbricht Collection. Cindy Sherman has the public reputation of being an important feminist artist. The works collected by Thomas Olbricht make it clear that such a characterization does not do justice to the variety of her oeuvre in its entirety. It is true that the artist has enormously enriched the debates about “female identity,” about socially based behavior patterns and concomitant expectations and clichés. But the focus of this exhibition is on existential themes: dreams, fears and sometimes disturbing and terrifying fantasies of violence and death. Thus the presentation fosters a deeper understanding of the oeuvre of this important artist. [more...]
Pieter Hugo, Ibrahim Sulley, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2009, Sammlung Peters-Messer
Exhibition | 23.09.2018 - 10.02.2019

Young Collections 05

What Paradise? - Peters-Messer Collection
“I am not a piece of shit I am a piece of society” – in letters vigorously painted upon the canvas, the artist Bjarne Melgaard comes right to the point: art demands its place in society. Since the mid-1990s, Florian Peters-Messer, a real-estate entrepreneur from Viersen, has collected more than 350 works of contemporary international art that are being presented for the first time in this form in the context of a museum. The exhibition offers a pointed, sharply contoured selection of highly political, sometimes explosive works that address the social dislocations of our era in a critical, often oppressive manner. “What Paradise?” does not only inquire into lost promises, however. It also focuses on the individual, on his hopes and possibilities in an increasingly complex and incomprehensible world that apparently considers everything to be possible through globalization and digitalization, even while itself being scarcely understandable. The exhibition deliberately turns its attention to the relationship between aesthetics and ethics, hence to the social function of art overall. [more...]
David Hepp, absehen, 2018, Foto: Franziska von den Driesch. Marmorskulptur an der Außenfassade der Weserburg
Exhibition | 30.06.2018 - 14.10.2018


Master Pupil Exhibition of the University of the Arts Bremen. Karin Hollweg Prize 2018
The title MESH already sounds the central note: art can also be understood as a texture that connects things and holds them together. This is a matter of meaningful references and interconnections in which the focus is on the relationship between subject and community, between individual statements and their dynamic interplay. This interwoven connectedness serves as a conceptual model for the 2018 Master Pupil Exhibition of the University of the Arts Bremen. This year fourteen artists are presenting their most recent works. On display is the entire spectrum from drawing, painting and sculpture all the way to space-encompassing installations, video, performance and a kinetic sound object. MESH thereby offers a multifaceted perspective with regard to the quality and diversity of the current art scene in Bremen. A special highlight of the opening evening is the awarding of the Karin Hollweg Prize. [more...]
kek Kindermuseum | 26.08.2018 - 03.02.2019


Mitmachausstellung für alle ab 3 Jahren
Eine neue Reise in die Welt der Figuren, Objekte und Installationen – die Mitmachausstellung in der Weserburg widmet sich der zeitgenössischen Skulptur und das auf überraschende Weise. Denn der Begriff hat sich seit den 1960er Jahren vielfältig erweitert. Der Facettenreichtum der Skulptur wird am Beispiel der mobilen Objektkunst, der Lichtskulptur und der Softsculpture ebenso wie der Denkplastik präsentiert und erfahrbar gemacht. Auch im Alltag ist die Skulptur stets präsent, aber oft nehmen wir sie nicht wahr und gehen achtlos an Kunstwerken im öffentlichen Raum vorbei. Spannend ist die Tatsache, dass wir immer auch ein Teil der räumlichen Kunst sind. Der Körper stellt sich wie von selbst in Beziehung zu den Objekten. So werden die kleinen und großen Besucher selbst zur Skulptur! Die enge Zusammenarbeit mit Bremer Künstlerinnen und Künstlern bei der Umsetzung von bekannten sowie neu entstehenden Mitmachstationen macht die Ausstellung zu einem besonderen Erlebnis. [more...]
herman de vries, from earth, rousillon, 1990, Erdausreibung auf Papier, Sammlung BFA /Foto: Peter Cox
Exhibition Zentrum | 04.05.2018 - 21.10.2018

herman de vries

Artists Books, Editions, and Works on Paper
Works from the Collection of the Brokken Zijp Foundation of Art. This exhibition is dedicated to the work of the Dutch artist herman de vries. It presents a retrospective of his vast body of edited works, situating them within the context of his fascinating artistic cosmos. Among the most characteristic and best-known editions of herman de vries are his “earth rubbings“, such as the "library of earth colours 1993-2005" (2005) – rubbing earth onto paper with his fingers, he has now assembled more than 8,000 different soils from all over the world – or his dried and pressed plants on white cardboard in boxes.[more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 17.08.2018 - 14.10.2018

I shop, therefore I am

Dietrich Fricker: Drawings, Graphic Works, Artist's Books
The Stuttgart artist Dietrich Fricker (1928-2011) was an outstanding draftsman and produced numerous publications, collages and graphic works dealing with current issues. In these works he criticised the consumer society, xenophobia and environmental pollution or, based on his own experiences, the state of affairs in the “Gesundungsbürokratie” (Bureaucracy of Recuperation). [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...]


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 AG will allow all children and adolescents up to the age of 18 free admission to the Weserburg. Separate tickets are required for the kek Kindermuseum and the Deutscher Karikaturenpreis.

guided Tours

herman de vries. Taken from Nature
Sunday 23.September, 15.00 Hour 

Junge Sammlungen 05 What Paradise? Sammlung Peters-Messer
Thursday 27.September, 18.00 Hour 

Cindy Sherman
Sunday 30.September, 15.00 Hour 



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