Cindy Sherman, Untitled #408, 2002, Sammlung Reydan Weiss, © Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures
Exhibition | 21.05.2016 - 26.02.2017

I Prefer Life

Reydan Weiss Collection. Exhibition on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Weserburg
The exhibition “I Prefer Life” brings together around 100 pictures, sculptures and video works that investigate in a quite sensual and convincingly provocative manner issues of identity, the assignment of social roles, and also existential areas such as life and death. Highlights and previously undisplayed works from the Reydan Weiss Collection will be presented. The collector was born in Istanbul, grew up in Jordan, went to school in Jerusalem, and came to Germany as a young woman. The fact that she has access to several cultural contexts turns the exhibition into an experience that extends its perspective far past the bounds of Europe out onto the world. In addition to renowned artists such as Cindy Sherman, Natalie Djurberg, Bettina Rheims as well as Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Robert Longo, the exhibition presents many surprising new works, including African, Oceanic, Chinese, Japanese, Latin American and Caribbean positions. [more...]
Susanne Windelen, ohne Titel, 1998 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015
Exhibition | 12.03.2016 - 10.07.2016


A Design Icon in the Light of Art
It is a classic in the history of German design – the Wilhelm Wagenfeld table lamp, known the world over as the Bauhaus Lamp. With its clear form that is reduced to the essentials, it has remained a paragon of quality design to this day. The exhibition at the Weserburg presents this design icon in an unaccustomed light. Since 1995 a total of 25 nationally and internationally renowned artists have been invited to artistically rework the lamp, resulting in a surprising variety of new works. They range from respectful responses to ironic commentaries and grotesque alienations. In both senses of the phrase, new light is shed on the ever-changing relationship between design and art, between functionality and aesthetics. [more...]
Fondation du Festival de Jazz de Montreux © 1984 - Artwork by Niki de Saint Phalle
Exhibition | 15.04.2016 - 05.06.2016

Jazz Art Posters

50 Years Montreux Jazz Festival
For fifty years great international star musicians have delighted their audience during the Montreaux Jazz Festival. In each year, a new Jazz poster was published designed by artists or musicians, namely Andy Warhol, Keith Hering, Niki de St Phalle, David Bowie etc.. In honor of this anniversary, the Weserburg Museum exhibits all of the posters published so far.[more...]
Via Lewandowsky, Ruckzuck, 2004, Sammlung Ivo Wessel, VG Bildkunst
Exhibition | 05.12.2015 - 22.05.2016

Young Collections 03

»The space between the characters can carry the load« – Collection of Ivo Wessel
The software developer Ivo Wessel, who lives in Berlin, has assembled a unique collection that combines conceptual art with pictorial narration. His special sense for discoveries and his passion for strong-headed artists leave their imprint on the collection, just like his vivid interest in literature and film. He has a striking fascination for the profoundly grotesque, but also an interest in humorous and poetical forms that already resonates in the title of the exhibition: “The space between persons can support the roof.” The quote from his favorite film “The State of Things” (1982) by Wim Wenders alludes to the aesthetic power of art to radically overcome and rethink the borders between reality and imagination. At the same time, it refers to the capacity of art to establish meaningful contexts and relationships between people. Several video works, photo series and objects narrate and (re)construct impressive stories. They extend from melancholic to thoroughly comical pictorial worlds. In their entirety, they convey a surprisingly revealing insight into our present era.[more...]
Horst Müller: Zenith Deckenuhr (1990); Privatbesitz © Horst Müller
Exhibition | Starting 30.01.2016

Artist Spaces

In a fascinating succession, the Weserburg is presenting for the third time new artist spaces. Artists confidently present their works and concepts for discussion. The exhibition thereby offers insights into the variety and quality of current artistic production that is impressively documented in the collections of the Weserburg. In the differences, contradictions and encounters that thereby come to light, the artist's spaces of the Weserburg react to the complexity of current experiences of the world. Several specially selected spaces have been set up by the artists for this exhibition and can be seen only here as impressive on-site installations. [more...]
Exhibition Studienzentrum | 03.05.2016 - 15.05.2016

Artists as Independent Publishers

New Artists' Books by students from Bremen, Wien, London, Bergen and Stockholm - with Symposium
“Artists as Independent Publishers” is a teaching project, an international cooperation, an exhibition cycle and a symposium aiming to explore tendencies and opportunities in present-day art as well as help actively shape them. [more...]
Exhibition Studienzentrum | 27.05.2016 - 28.08.2016

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Poet and Publisher
Das dichterische Werk des schottischen Künstlers, Lyrikers und Schriftstellers Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006) geht über traditionelle Formen hinaus. Seine Gedichte setzte er auch als Außeninstallation in der Landschaft um, so in dem großen Garten "Little Sparta" in den Pentland Hills, wo er seit 1966 lebte. Es entstand ein umfangreiches Werk Konkreter Poesie, das er, wie die meisten seiner weiteren Texte, in seinem eigenen Verlag "Wild Hawthorn Press" veröffentlichte. Das Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen gibt mit Ian Hamilton Finlays Publikationen einen Überblick über sein Schaffen. In Kooperation mit dem internationalen Kulturfestival Poetry on the Road
Robert Therrien: Ohne Titel (Butterfly), 1990, Sammlung Lafrenz © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010
Works of Art from the Collections

Double Rotation

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...]

guided Tours

Junge Sammlungen 03 »Der Raum zwischen den Personen kann die Decke tragen« - Sammlung Ivo Wessel
Sunday 08.May, 15.00 Hour 

Thursday 12.May, 18.00 Hour 

Junge Sammlungen 03 »Der Raum zwischen den Personen kann die Decke tragen« - Sammlung Ivo Wessel
Sunday 15.May, 15.00 Hour 


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