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 EXTENDED TIL 30.10.2016

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...]
Farben-Flashmob mit Kindern und Jugendlichen der Bürgermeister-Smidt-Schule am 20. Juni 2016, Foto: Claudia Hoppens
Exhibition | 28.08.2016 - 29.01.2017

Das Gelbe vom Ei - Farbenrausch 03

Eine Mitmachausstellung vom kek Kindermuseum
"Das Gelbe vom Ei - Farbenrausch 03" ist eine Mitmachausstellung, die es ermöglicht, sich mit vielfältigen Sinneseindrücken dem Phänomen „Farbe“ anzunähern. Altersentsprechend können die Besucherinnen und Besucher im aktiven Handeln ihre subjektiven Gefühle und Gedanken in Zusammenhang mit Farbe entdecken, sie mit andern vergleichen und objektivieren. Die Ausstellung bietet neben der Farbwirkung auch die Möglichkeit, sich mit der Farbentstehung und der Farbenlehre auseinander zu setzen. In den Farb-Werkstätten gibt es viele neue Möglichkeiten mit Farbe zu experimentieren. "Das Gelbe vom Ei" wurde bereits im Jahr 2007 im Krankenhaus-Museum Bremen und 2008 in der Weserburg mit großem Erfolg präsentiert. Die dritte Ausgabe wurde aufgefrischt und verbindet neue Ideen mit altbewährten Angeboten. [more...]
Marcel Broodthaers: MOI AUSSI... Brüssel. 1964; Slg. M. Schmidt / Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen © Estate Marcel Broodthaers/ VG Bild-Kunst. Bonn 2016
Exhibition Studienzentrum | 06.08.2016 - 30.10.2016

Marcel Broodthaers. Musée à vendre

Die Sammlung Schmidt
“Me too, I asked myself if I couldn’t sell something and succeed in life. That was a moment when I felt good for nothing. I am forty years of age. The idea of ultimately inventing something insincere crossed my mind and I set to work immediately. After three months, I showed my production to Edouard Toussaint, the owner of the Saint Laurent gallery. ‘But it’s art,’ he said, ‘and I will gladly exhibit all this.’ […]” This sentence was composed by Marcel Broodthaers in the official invitation to his first exhibition in 1964 in the Galerie St. Laurent, Brussels. Both exhibition and statement marked, on the one hand, the end of ten years of unsuccessful activity as poet and writer, and on the other hand the inception of what was to be an uninterrupted twelve-year artistic endeavour. In its simplicity, the sentence comes across as an ironic meditation both on his thwarted poetic career and on his possible career as a visual artist. [more...]
Paul Heimbach: 6 Würfel in 90 Ansichten. 2002
Exhibition Studienzentrum | 23.09.2016 - 31.12.2016

Paul Heimbach

Paul Heimbach schuf ein umfangreiches Werk von Künstlerbüchern und Auflagenobjekten. Beginnend mit frühen experimentellen Herangehensweisen in den 1960er Jahren, entstanden in späteren Phase mathematisch und kalendarisch geprägte Werkgruppen, in denen er durch den präzisen Einsatz von Farbe eine ganz eigene bildnerische Sprache entwickelte. Eine repräsentative Auswahl der publizierten Werke Paul Heimbachs befindet sich dank der großzügigen Unterstützung von Peter Foedisch im Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen und wird in dieser Kabinettausstellung gezeigt. Paul Heimbach starb 2013. Im Dezember 2016 wäre er 70 Jahre alt geworden.[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
Thursday 27.October, 18.00 Hour 

Das Gelbe vom Ei - Farbenrausch 03
Sunday 30.October, 15.00 Hour 

Marcel Broodthaers. Musée à vendre
Sunday 30.October, 15.30 Hour 


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