Horst Müller: Zenith Deckenuhr (1990); private property © Horst Müller
Exhibition | Starting 29.01.2016

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.

Alicja Kwade uses surprisingly simple means to achieve a captivating light installation. Two incandescent bulbs glow alternatively in a pulsing dialogue and create a play of light and shadow. Erich Reusch and Martina Klein present two different concepts of color and painting that are capable of redefining entire exhibition spaces. The viewer moving through the space becomes a component, in fact the site for the realization of a special aesthetic experience. The Belgian Koen van den Broek achieves an impressive renewal of contemporary landscape painting. His paintings present views of the ocean, a vacation site, or the desert. But the selected motifs stand in deep contradiction to the expectations that we associate with the depiction of faraway, exotic places.

Koen van den Broek, Players, 2014, Privatbesitz
Koen van den Broek, Players, 2014, Privatbesitz

With his handless “Ceiling Clock” and other amazing objects, Horst Müller takes up the theme of spatial and temporal location in an individual manner, so that we are led to rethink our position in time and space. Moreover, in Müller's oeuvre there are apparent doublings or mirrorings, as if the experience of this world imposed in a plausible manner the experience of a parallel or contrary world. And Clemens Kraus' endoscopic tracking shot throughout his parental home lets us participate in an unusual experience, conceivable only here, which simple ignores and penetrates architectural factors – thereby making us truly aware of them.

Christian Boltanski and Christian Jankowski investigate in quite different ways everyday experiences with which we are all familiar. In a multipartite photo series, Boltanski movingly reenacts his childhood and impressively demonstrates how history and narrative can be summoned up in art. In his video “The Hunt,” Jankowski presents a grotesque and comical visit to a supermarket with bow and arrow, thereby achieving both humorous observation of the world and critical reflection about it.

Martina Klein, untitledl, 2015, private property, Courtesy Galerie Barbara Oberem
Martina Klein, untitledl, 2015, private property, Courtesy Galerie Barbara Oberem

The exhibition brings together painting, sculpture, photo- and video-works that offer an invitation to a diversified walkabout. Some older works from the collections of the Weserburg are familiar to the public from earlier visits; others come from private collections associated with the museum, while still others are contributed by the participating artists themselves. The latter are displayed for the first time in this form and combination in the sense of a premiere.

The selected offerings do not stand in an isolated juxtaposition or succession in the labyrinthine spaces of the old warehouses. They complement each other, reciprocally extend themselves, begin to impact on us not individually, but in their entirety and interplay. They give rise to other images and associations in us and combine with them. One could say that as a rule, the interaction between certain spaces, even a simple viewing in succession, achieves more impact that the mere summation or sequence of their individual elements.

Participating artists:
Pidder Auberger, Achim Bitter, Christian Boltanski, Christian Jankowski, Martina Klein, Joseph Kosuth, Clemens Krauss, Alicja Kwade, Thomas Lehnerer, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Horst Müller, Erich Reusch, Taryn Simon, Koen van den Broek, Ingo Vetter, Günter Weseler.


With the generous support of:

During the exhibition, concerts regularly take place on a Boston grand piano. With the generous support of:

Piano Rosenkranz


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