Exhibition | 25.02.2012 - 28.05.2012
He is one of the most prominent artists of the 20th century, yet scarcely anyone knows his name. Art history views him as the pioneer of Art Informel painting, and yet the complexity of his artistic existence defies any categorization. In 1932, just nineteen years old, he leaves Germany to have his finger on the pulse of time in Paris. He gains access to bohemian circles there but continues to be a loner. For throughout his life he struggled for an existence beyond the middle-class, and in doing so not lastly slid into the vicissitudes of the National Socialist war against European culture.[more...]
Exhibition | Starting 23.06.2012
ars viva 11/12 | Sprache - Language
Erik Bünger | Philipp Goldbach | Juergen Staack
The spoken and the written word have long since found their way into the visual arts: as epigrams, marginal notes, quotes, collaged text fragments, or part of a performance, a video, or a sound installation. In particular since the advent of Conceptual Art, language has even been regarded as the actual and independent material and medium of the visual arts.[more...]
Exhibition | 02.06.2012 - 02.09.2012
I like funny stories | Sammlung Maria und Walter Schnepel
The New York Times called him "the most famous unknown artist in New York." In fact Ray Johnson (1927–1995) remained an insider's tip for a long time. The significance and influence of his oeuvre, though, cannot be valued highly enough. Ray Johnson was involved in a lively exchange of ideas with the most important artists of his era, from John Cage to Andy Warhol. For him, art was a communicative process which could also take place apart from established institutions. Pursuing this idea, he built up during the 1960s, under the name "New York Correspondance [sic] School," an extensive network of postal communications and is accordingly considered to be the founder of the international movement of Mail Art. He mailed to friends, acquaintances, and also to strangers innumerable, mostly small-sized works. These include drawings, collages, reworked photographs and postcards, as well as personal messages and short notes.[more...]
Exhibition | Starting 21.01.2012
Worst Case Scenario. Films from 1975-2003
The British artist John Smith (*1952 in London) has been making experimental films for more than three decades now. With their calculated idiom and ironic playfulness they count among the most important works of the contemporary film avant-garde. They are puzzling, sharp-witted, and above all funny. John Smith challenges us not to take anything we hear or say at face value, and in doing so puts the criteria of fact and fiction to the test. Focus is placed on his creative treatment of sound and image and the lightness and irony with which he creates space for viewers to rethink their own perception. [more...]
Exhibition | 16.03.2012 - 01.07.2012
Federn tanzen auf den Schultern
Rebecca Horn is one of the most prominent contemporary artists. Known worldwide for her space-consuming installations, her protean oeuvre comprises drawings, collages, performances, films, as well as objects and moving sculptures that develop a secret life of their own. Concurrent with the TANZ BREMEN festival, the Weserburg is going back to the beginnings of her creative work and is mounting an exhibition centered around her films and performances. Her early works already exhibit striking poetic force and iconographic diversity; their point of departure and source of energy is the human body, whose possibilities and limitations she explores and seeks to overcome.[more...]
Exhibition | Starting 12.05.2012
Kabinettstücke | Cabinet Pieces
Vanguard from the Back Country Part 2
Jürgen Wesseler has been presenting works by international artists in a small, former store in Bremerhaven since 1967. The special thing about his exhibition concept is that he succeeds in convincing the artists he has invited to let themselves in for exhibiting in a space that measures thirty-five square meters and has a display window. And they have been doing this for forty-five years how in a way that has meanwhile become exemplary for the international art and curator scene! It is not an overstatement to maintain that the small space opposite Bremerhaven’s Municipal Theater has been inscribed in the annals of art history and enjoys an international reputation.[more...]
Exhibition | 29.07.2012 - 07.10.2012
Master Student at the University of the Arts 2012
With its course of studies for master students, the University of the Arts Bremen (HfK) affords outstanding graduates of Fine Arts the opportunity to explore their personal stances for two more semesters. For young artists at the HfK, the joint master student exhibition is both the culmination of their course of studies and marks the departure for new shores. The master student exhibition 2012 offers fascinating insight into the reflection on existential and social issues by young artists. It is combined with the awarding of one of the most prominent art grants at German universities, the Karin Hollweg Prize, which comes with prize money totaling €15,000. [more...]
Exhibition | 30.09.2012 - 27.01.2013
Musik, Geräusch und Klangerlebnis
Der Verein kek-Kindermuseum für Bremen realisiert in Kooperation mit der Weserburg। Museum für moderne Kunst seine neue Mitmachausstellung zum Thema Klang für Menschen ab 4 Jahren. Klänge gehören zum alltäglichen Leben. Sie dienen zur Orientierung in der Umwelt und zum Ausdruck von Empfindungen. Sie sind immer da, werden aber nicht immer wahrgenommen. Die elementaren Eigenschaften wie Lautstärke, Tonhöhe, Klangfarbe und Rhythmus bestimmen ihr Erscheinungsbild im Alltag wie in der Musik. Die Ausstellung eignet sich für einen Einstieg in die Grundlagen der Musik. Die Auseinandersetzung mit dem Thema Klang konkretisiert sich im Probieren, im spielerischen Experiment, im Verändern und kreativen Mitgestalten von Klangereignissen.[more...]
Works of Art from the Collections
Nach der Sprache
On the third floor of the old warehouses, the Weserburg is presenting works from its collections, complemented by individual loans from private collections. In a figurative sense, "After Language" indicates an area within the visual arts which cannot without further ado be put into words, be easily evaluated in formal terms, or be adequately described. It is a matter of pictures, sculptures, and installations which appear hermetic at a first glance but, upon closer scrutiny, address themselves directly to the viewer and give rise to a special dialogic situation. For example, there is the work "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Jochen Gerz, in which the focus is on visual concepts and sounds. One can read upon ten picture panels such commandments as "Don't look at me," "Don't describe me," or "Don't come too close to me." This may be read almost like a decalogue of strict pictorial prohibitions, yet it aims at our innate "inner images," i.e. memories, imaginings, desires, and dreams.[more...]
Exhibition Studienzentrum | 09.03.2012 - 13.05.2012
This exhibition features the publications released from 1998 onwards by Roma Publications, the publishing house founded in Amsterdam by the artist Mark Manders and the graphic designer Roger Willems. In close collaboration with artists and writers, Roma Publications has produces individual and very diverse publications in editions ranging from two to 150,000 copies. Their artists’ books, artists’ magazines as well as the graphic works they release are circulated widely, as supplements in other publications or as “give aways”.
Exhibition Studienzentrum | 09.03.2012 - 20.05.2012
Tobias Premper - Boxenbücher
His personal notes and his unique perception of the world form the foundation of the so-called “Box Books”, the text and image publications composed of groups of lose pages realized by Tobias Premper, Berlin-based artist, writer and freelance author. These cardboard-box treasure chests are produced in signed and limited editions. Each individual box contains between 50 and 100 pages that have been partially made by hand (e.g. original drawings), collaged, stamped, glued, torn, sprayed, printed or simply copied.[more...]
Exhibition Studienzentrum | 01.06.2012 - 02.09.2012
Original graphic works 1972-1989
Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt, born in 1932 in Wurzen, Saxony, is one of the few women artists from the former GDR to address in depth the relationship between text and image. Through their involvement in the Mail Art network, she and her husband Robert Rehfeldt were able to surmount the ban on exhibitions and publications by alternative artists during the GDR period. Her artistic activity came to an end with the unification of Germany in 1989. This is the first ever exhibition of her poetic and visual “Typewritings”.[more...]
Exhibition Studienzentrum | 21.09.2012 - 20.01.2013
John Cage in Bremen
John Cage hat bei seinen vielen Besuchen in Bremen und Oldenburg zahlreiche Werke und Spuren hinterlassen. Der Komponist Hans Otte, Hauptabteilungsleiter Musik bei Radio Bremen, und Gertrud Meyer-Denkmann, Musikkritikerin und -pädagogin in Oldenburg, kannten Cage schon seit den 1950er Jahren und haben ihn immer wieder zu Veranstaltungen und Konzerten eingeladen oder ihn mit Kompositionsaufträgen bedacht.
Exhibition Studienzentrum | 21.09.2012 - 20.01.2013
GAAG - Guerrilla Art Action Group, 1969 – 1976
The Guerrilla Art Action Group (GAAG), founded in 1969 by Jon Hendricks, Jean Toche and Poppy Johnson, was active in New York over a period of several years in political art interventions and provocative performances. Their protests included opposition to the Vietnam war, the US government or the art establishment. A collection of manifestoes, press releases, letters and other documents relating to the group was first published in 1978 by Printed Matter, New York, and 2011 released in a new edition, by Printed Matter, Kunstverein Publishing (Amsterdam) and the Research Centre for Artists' Publications (Bremen). These publications are the centrepiece of the exhibition. Further photographs and artists‘ books illustrate the impressive activities of the GAAG.
Photos: Jan van Raay.[more...]
Exhibition Studienzentrum | 10.11.2012 EXTENDED TIL 07.04.2013
Expanded Radio: Concha Jerez / José Iges
Concha Jerez and José Iges from Madrid have been working together since 1989 and have become firmly established as pioneers of electronic and intermedial art. Their works combine sound art and radio art.
The multimedia installation “ARGOT”, filling an entire room, originated in a radio performance broadcast on ORF Kunstradio and was first shown in 1991 at the Museum of Modern Art, Vienna. Since then, various versions of the work have appeared in Cologne, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria and Brussels among other places. “ARGOT” is based on a text in English, Spanish, German and French exploring the relationships between artists and the world, their work, the ideas behind their works and the “consumers” of these works. Visitors must listen to all four languages in the acoustic space in order to comprehend the connection between them.
Exhibition Studienzentrum | 10.11.2012 EXTENDED TIL 12.05.2013
Über das Radio hinaus
25 Jahre Kunstradio-Radiokunst
»Kunstradio – Radiokunst« (Art Radio – Radio Art) is more than the weekly radio programme on Österreich 1, the Austrian radio’s culture station, first broadcast on 3rd December 1987. From the beginning, collaborations with international artists have been central to the work of Kunstradio. In cooperation with radio institutions, art associations, festivals or museums, Kunstradio regularly organizes original projects developed by artists as well as facilitating exhibitions or encounters between artists and theorists in the form of conferences and symposia.
»Beyond Radio: 25 years of Kunstradio – Radiokunst« gives an insight into the significance, the complexity and the internationality of this programme, whose institutional limits artists have never ceased to question.
Exhibition Studienzentrum | 14.11.2012 - 25.11.2012
Im großen Dichterkindertheater
Papierarbeiten von Sibylle Lewitscharoff
Die Schriftstellerin Sibylle Lewitscharoff zeigt Werke in einem Wechselspiel aus Wort und Gegenstand, Essay und Papiertheater. Entstanden sind fantastische, ironische, liebevolle und auch böse Szenarien des präliteralen Lebens großer deutscher Literaten, Schiller, Goethe, Keller. Zwei Leporelli sind Karl Philipp Moritz gewidmet.
Eine Ausstellung im Rahmen des globale-Literaturfesivals für grenzüberschreitende Literatur.
Dienstag, Mittwoch und Freitag 10-18 Uhr
Donnerstag 10-21 Uhr
Samstag und Sonntag 11-18 Uhr
Erwachsene EUR 8
Ermäßigt EUR 5
Familien EUR 14
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