Exhibition | 27.02.2009 - 2.01.2011

Noble Gäste

The Weserburg Hosts the Kunsthalle Bremen
In the spirit of genuine hospitality, welcoming someone into one’s home means not only accommodating him or her, the proverbial “dedication” of separate space, but also active exchange—dialogue and correspondence, as behooves an attentive host. On this premise, the selection of outstanding works that the Kunsthalle is sending to the collector’s museum Weserburg—a former warehouse in the middle of the Weser River—for two years is automatically placed in relationship to the Weserburg’s existing works from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This also applies for the building, a former coffee roasting facility, and its labyrinthine spaces. It is about hospitality of a special kind—not side by side and in unison, but questions and answers, dialogues, replies, and boundaries.
Thomas Ruff: Sterne (01 h 55m / -35 °),1989

Some of the works from the Kunsthalle stem from the nineteenth century, such as, for example, the two famous sculptures by August Rodin: The Age of Bronze (1875–76) and St. John the Baptist Preaching (1878–80). As soon as one enters the space, the later work noticeably contrasts—or does it enter into an intense dialogue and thus share something—with the wall covered with graphite by Frank Gerritz, Lowdown (2007), and the photograph of a starry sky by Thomas Ruff, Sterne (01 h 55 m / -35°) from 1989. A landscape painting by Caspar David Friedrich from ca. 1813, The Tomb of Arminius, corresponds—as it did in the Kunsthalle—with a perfectly photographed rendition in an LED light box from 2007 by Hiroyuki Masuyama. It seems as if the artist and his camera were in situ in the course of a journey through time in order to capture this history-laden motif.

Photographic works by Hiroshi Sugimoto once more take up the reference to nature and lead us into the next space, where further works by various artists also wait to enter into a dialogue. These include Die Große Galerie (1995–97) by Boris Becker, a photograph that once again calls the Kunsthalle’s gallery of old sculptures to mind. Not to forget, of course, Maurizio Cattelan’s outstanding and equally comical versions of the Bremen Town Musicians, Love Saves Life (1995) und Love Lasts Forever (1999), which stand here as lifelike preserved specimens next to their completely skeletonized version. Also a subtle comment, a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Hanseatic City of Bremen, home to the Weserburg and the Kunsthalle.

A warm welcome!

Hiroyuki Masuyama: Felsental (Das Grab des Arminius) 1813-14, 2007

guided Tours

Proof of Life / Lebenszeichen
Thursday 18.January, 18.00 Hour 

Proof of Life / Lebenszeichen
Sunday 21.January, 15.00 Hour 

In Memoriam Karl Gerstner. Ein Rundgang durch die Sammlung
Thursday 25.January, 18.00 Hour 



Von der Hintergründigkeit der Bilder 
Thursday 01.February, 18:00 Hour
Künstlergespräch mit Sibylle Springer und Direktor Peter Friese. Vorgestellt wird auch eine neue Edition der Künstlerin mit dem Titel „Toxic Toys“, die an diesem Abend erworben werden kann. In einem anschließenden Ausstellungsrundgang durch die aktuellen Künstlerräume werden weitere Positionen zeitgenössischer Malerei vorgestellt und diskutiert – u.a. Henrik Eiben, Ulrich Erben und Philip Taaffe.


Keep in touch 
Thursday 08.February, 19:00 Hour


Junge Sammlungen 04 
Sunday 18.February, 11:00 Hour



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