Volker Hüller, Looking through Bette Davis’s Eyes, 2010, Sammlung Dominic und Cordula Sohst-Brennenstuhl
Exhibition | 29.03.2014 - 14.09.2014

Young Collections 01

Nullpunkt aller Orte - Collection Dominic und Cordula Sohst-Brennenstuhl
In this exhibition, a young Hamburg private collection is being presented for the first time to a wider public. It consists of works by artists who belong primarily to the generation of the collector couple themselves. This correspondence is very important to Dominic and Cordula Sohst-Brennenstuhl. That which the two of them are capable of discovering in art is closely related to their own thinking, to their own perceptions, inquiries, and realizations. If one is inclined in this regard to consider contemporary art to be “the art of our era,” then that which inspires and fascinates the two collectors with regard to artistic expressions, even while remaining enigmatic, may be compared with a particular, highly differentiated experience both of time in general and of its present manifestation. This exciting capacity of art and the experiences connected to it are relevant to both the private sphere and the social realm. Dominic and Cordula Sohst-Brennenstuhl are strongly motivated and deeply committed to making art an essential part of their life and to being involved with it on a daily basis. [more...]
Norbert Schwontkowski, How to look at Art, 2009, Öl auf Leinwand, Olbricht Collection, Courtesy Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Foto: Jochen Littkemann, Berlin
Exhibition | 11.07.2013 - 21.04.2014

Norbert Schwontkowski

Dass ich ein Maler war
Zu Ehren des im Juni verstorbenen, international wirkenden Bremer Malers zeigen die Weserburg gemeinsam mit dem Studienzentrum für Künstlerpublikationen, die Kunsthalle Bremen, die Karin und Uwe Hollweg Stiftung sowie der Kunstverein Bremerhaven eine Auswahl von Werken aus den jeweiligen Sammlungen und Leihgaben aus Privatbesitz. Die Weserburg und das Studienzentrum für Künstlerpublikationen präsentieren dabei Gemälde, Zeichnungen, Graphiken und Bücher des Künstlers. Werke gleich mehrerer Sammlungen sind hier vertreten: Arbeiten aus der Olbricht Collection, der Sammlung Udo Seinsoth, der Sammlung Christa und Peter Bürger und weiterer Privatsammlugen bilden eine überraschend organische Einheit. Mit dabei sind noch nie gezeigte frühe Werke aus den 1980er Jahren und zwei ebenso unbekannte Linolschnitt- und Monotypieserien. Durchgängig fällt hier der formale Erfindungsreichtum, der subtile Humor, die souveräne Verwendung von Text und Sprache und ein Hang zur Spiritualität in Schwontkowskis Oeuvre ins Auge. [more...]
Exhibition Studienzentrum | 07.03.2014 - 01.06.2014

Archive Slivers: Women, Men, Power

An exhibition by the Arbeitskreises Bremer Archive
This year's "Tag der Archive" (Archive Day) coincides with international women's day. For this reason it focuses on gender issues, under the motto "Women, Men, Power". This group show involving 25 archives in Bremen will present a selection of exhibits including posters, individual biographical documents, record covers, films, TV broadcasts, interviews, literature, and more. Grouped according to themes like work/economy, education, media, arts/culture or sexuality, the works illustrate in many ways the relationship between the sexes, identify power structures and show the evolution of these structures.[more...]
Ben Vautier, Pour le droit à la difference, 1990, Sammlung Reinking © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014
Works of Art from the Collections

Künstlerräume

Auf der zum großen Teil labyrinthisch angelegten ersten Etage der Weserburg wurden fünfzehn Künstlerräume eingerichtet. Die den Räumen zugeordneten Positionen stehen für sich und für das jeweilige künstlerische Œuvre, vermögen aber durchaus im Sinne eines Kontrastprogramms auch miteinander zu korrespondieren. Präsentiert werden Malerei, Skulptur, Foto-, Video- und Textarbeiten, die zu einem abwechslungsreichen Rundgang einladen. Einige ältere Werke aus den Sammlungen der Weserburg sind den Betrachtern bereits durch frühere Besuche bekannt, andere werden in dieser Form und Kombination zum ersten Mal gezeigt. Vier der Räume sind von den Künstlern selbst speziell für diese Ausstellung eingerichtet worden. [more...]
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...]
Michael Gitlin: Time out of mind, 1997. Stiftung Katrin und Werner Rabus. Foto: Ingo Clauß
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...]

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