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 more than 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, Nathalie 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...]
Daniel Neubacher, Luftschloss, 2016, Foto: Franziska von den Driesch
Exhibition | 18.06.2016 - 25.09.2016

Heal the World

Meisterschülerinnen und Meisterschüler at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. Karin Hollweg Award 2016
Heal the World: The title of the exhibition is as catchy as a pop song. But can and should art in fact be healing? Does it carry a social responsibility? Or shouldn't it insist on its freedom and autonomy? With ironic easiness, the exhibition raises uncomfortable but necessary questions right from the start. What is at stake is the relevance of artistic work. This year, eleven master pupils are presenting their most recent works, which will be on public display in the Weserburg for the first time. One striking focus consists of elaborate, sometimes multipartite video works, as well as installations and space-related concepts. Photographs, drawings and sculpture are also to be seen. A traditional highlight on the evening of the opening is the announcement of the winner of the Karin Hollweg Award, endowed with €15,000 and thus one of the most important grants at German art academies. Half of the prize money is reserved for an institutional solo exhibition in Bremen. [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 | 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. [more...]
Exhibition Studienzentrum | 06.08.2016 - 30.10.2016

Marcel Broodthaers. Musée à vendre

Die Sammlung Schmidt
„Auch ich habe mich gefragt, ob ich nicht etwas verkaufen und im Leben Erfolg haben könnte. Seit einiger Zeit war ich für nichts gut. Ich bin vierzig Jahre alt. Schließlich kam mir die Idee in den Sinn, etwas Unaufrichtiges zu erfinden, und auf der Stelle machte ich mich an die Arbeit. Nach Ablauf von drei Monaten zeigte ich die Ergebnisse Philippe Edouardo Toussaint, dem Besitzer der Galerie St. Laurent. Aber, das ist Kunst, sagte er, und ich werde gern alles ausstellen. […]“ Marcel Broodthaers formulierte diese Sätze als offizielle Einladung zu seiner ersten Ausstellung, die 1964 in der Galerie St. Laurent in Brüssel stattfand. Ausstellung und Statement kennzeichnen zum einen das Ende seiner erfolglosen zehn Jahre langen Arbeit als Dichter und Schriftsteller und zum anderen den Beginn einer zwölf Jahre andauernden künstlerischen Tätigkeit. In seiner Schlichtheit wirkt der Satz wie eine Ironie sowohl in Hinblick auf seine nicht erfolgte Karriere als Dichter als auch auf eine mögliche Karriere als bildender Künstler. [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...]

guided Tours

Mir ist das Leben lieber. Sammlung Reydan Weiss
Sunday 31.July, 15.00 Hour 

Heal the World. Meisterschülerinnen und Meisterschüler der Hochschule für Künste Bremen
Thursday 04.August, 18.00 Hour 

"Körper im Blick" - Werke aus der Sammlung Reydan Weiss
Sunday 07.August, 15.00 Hour 


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