John Isaacs, The Architecture of Empathy (Pieta) 1, 2012, Privatsammlung
Exhibition | 20.05.2017 EXTENDED TIL 25.03.2018

Proof of Life / Lebenszeichen

Works from a Private Collection
The construction of the Tower of Babel as a massacre. The artist as a dead revolutionary. A stained-glass window made from butterfly wings. Proof of Life brings together 100 paintings, sculptures and photographic works that investigate existential questions in a both palpable and profound manner. Their aesthetic impact inevitably draws the viewer into its spell. What these works bring to view is linked to a tradition of influential pictures, some of which go far back in time. The presented works simultaneously quote, seduce, irritate, provoke and thematize concepts of moral values. This includes a summons not only to situate in historical terms what is being seen, but also to relate it quite concretely to the present. The works come from a private collection that has never before been publicly presented in this form. Proof of Life presents a precise selection of in some cases space-encompassing but always impressive works by international artistic stars such as Louise Bourgeois, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Anton Corbijn, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and Daniel Richter. [more...]
Jiri Geller, Dunkelheit VIII, 2009, Miettinen Collection
Exhibition | 04.02.2017 - 27.08.2017


Art from Finland. Miettinen Collection
Fascination Finland – With the exhibition Dreamaholic, the Weserburg is for the first time conveying insights into the contemporary art scene in Finland. The works come from the Miettinen Collection in Berlin and Helsinki. Along with established artists such as Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Jiri Geller and Robert Lucander, there are also many positions of young artists who in many cases still await discovery. All the works on display mirror the lively diversity of contemporary Finish art and demonstrate the high degree of independence with which these artists respond to international trends and participate in artistic debates. Along with sculpture and photography, the exhibition focuses on painting. The further development of Constructivist and Minimal concepts is represented along with the resumption and continuation of the figurative forms of Pop Art and postmodernism. The spectrum of the selected forms of expression extends from poetical visual inventions all the way to the homoerotic depictions of Tom of Finland. [more...]
Slavs and Tatars, Friendship of Nations – Polish Shi’ite Showbiz , 2011 (Detail), Sammlung Christian Kaspar Schwarm, Foto: Wolfgang Stahr
Exhibition | 23.09.2017 - 18.02.2018

Young Collections 04

The Vague Space. Sammlung Christian Kaspar Schwarm
Christian Kaspar Schwarm is a strategy consultant and co-founder of the online platform "Independent Collectors." His constantly growing and freshly contoured collection consists primarily of young international art from thinkers outside the box. Upon reading the names of the artists who up to now have found a place in the collection of the Berlin resident-by-choice, one discovers media-transcending positions with high political and intellectual aspirations. At the same time, there are installations and video works filling entire rooms and directly impacting upon the senses. Schwarm considers the collection of art and his constant exchanges with artists above all as an experiential resource and an opportunity to expand his understanding of the world. This already resonates in the title of the exhibition: in a figurative sense, The Vague Space means a still undefined space which must be conquered and filled with questions by opening oneself with openness and curiosity to the art that is being presented. Within the exhibition, the visitor can linger in an area into which selected volumes from the interdisciplinary library of the collector have been integrated. They not only convey insights into the world view of the collector and his sphere of interests, but also establish cross-references to the artworks on display. [more...]
Gregor Gaida, Canis Major III, 2014, Privatbesitz
Exhibition | 04.02.2017 - 28.05.2017

Artist Spaces

The Weserburg is presenting new artist spaces for the fourth time in an exciting series. The artists self-confidently present their works and concepts for debate. The exhibition thereby conveys an impression of the diversity and quality of contemporary artistic production that is impressively mirrored in the collections of the Weserburg. Particularly through the differences, contradictions and encounters which thereby come to light, the artist spaces of the Weserburg react to the complexity of experiencing the world today. Several selected spaces have been conceived by the artists specially for this exhibition; their impressive on-site installations can be seen only here.[more...]
Exhibition | 24.06.2017 - 22.10.2017


Meisterschüler Exhibition of the HfK Bremen. The Karin Hollweg Award 2017
Art that causes amazement, that is richly inventive and surprisingly new – OH WOW, the title of the master pupil exhibition, brings an unmistakably ironic tone to its investigation of the expectations and demands that have been imposed upon art up to now. Originality, individuality and expressiveness continue to be criteria for a successful work, but the possibilities and challenges of aesthetic practice far exceed those categories: Indeed, they sometimes justifiably pursue such concepts to the point of absurdity. Art operating on the level of international discourse arises within a mesh of explicit reference and ongoing development; it means critical encounter and rejection. The extensive group exhibition undertaken by 17 master pupils upon completing their course of study in free visual art at the Bremen University of the Arts is exemplary in this regard, inasmuch as it presents a wide range of contemporary artistic strategies. [more...]
Henrik Eiben, Being There, 2015, Sammlung Dominic und Cordula Sohst-Brennenstuhl
Exhibition | 01.12.2017 - 03.06.2018

Artist Spaces

For the fifth time, the Weserburg is presenting new artists’ spaces in an exciting sequence. The artists are self-confidently opening up their works and concepts for debate. The exhibition accordingly conveys an insight into the diversity and quality of contemporary artistic production, which is impressively mirrored in the collections of the Weserburg – complemented by selected loans. Precisely in the differences, contradictions and encounters that thereby come to light, the artists’ spaces of the Weserburg react to the complexity of experiencing the world today. Several of the total of sixteen spaces were set up by the artists themselves especially for this exhibition. Besides painting, sculpture, photography and a video work, there are installations involving several media, all the way to a room filled by the Scottish artist Susan Philipsz solely with sounds. [more...]
Exhibition | 04.03.2017 - 21.05.2017

24th Bremen Award for Video Art

Kenji Ouellet and Hassan Sheidaei / Farzia Fallah
The Award for Video Art has grown over the years to occupy a fixed position in the cultural landscape of Bremen. Ever since 1992 the award, issued by the Filmbüro Bremen, has consistently focused on young, advanced positions outside the mainstream which engage in exciting projects in the realm of video art and display a diversity extending from audio-visual works with linear narration all the way to space-encompassing installations. A particular characteristic: The award goes not to already existing works but to promising concepts that are realized with the help of the financial grant and have their premiere in Bremen. This year the Weserburg is presenting the award recipient Kenji Ouellet and the artist duo Hassan Sheidaei / Farzia Fallah. In addition to two new video projections being made public for the first time, the artists are expanding the exhibition with several works from various phases of their creative output. In this context, the visual power and narrative quality of two quite different positions comes to light with wide-ranging impact. [more...]
Exhibition | 27.08.2017 - 07.01.2018

Paper Capers!

A journey through the world of paper. A hands-on exhibition at the kek Children’s Museum.
In collaboration with the Weserburg | Museum for Modern Art, the kek-Children’s Museum association is once again, after a pause of six years, presenting its hands-on exhibition “Paper Capers.” This exhibition focuses on the one hand on the history and production of paper, and on the other hand on the multifaceted aspects of paper as a cultural medium. In the cultural history of the last 2,000 years, paper has played an important, constantly evolving role. Our exhibition begins with the predecessors of paper. Visitors become familiar with the potential raw materials for producing paper and can create their own paper. They embark upon a journey to explore the multiple uses of paper in daily life and take a tour of the various sectors of art. Visitors encounter the fragile, valuable material in a fashion showroom, on various stages of miniature theaters, in a sound studio and at a site for constructing paper art. [more...]
Eine Fotoarbeit von Christian Wasenmüller
Exhibition | 16.02.2017 - 12.03.2017

Junges Blut

Exhibition project in collaboration with the Kunstschule Wandsbek
The goal is to provide students with the opportunity, not only to work freely in artistic terms and gain insights into collaboration with curators and art historians, but also to become familiar with the necessary conceptual and organizational processes of an exhibition production. Inspired by the anniversary exhibition “I Prefer Life. Reydan Weiss Collection,” a group of young students developed over a four-month period their own works and concepts in order to present them to an interested public. Crucial questions about individual identity as well as experiences of such existential realities as life and death are investigated in a variety of ways.[more...]
Meine Wunderkammer, Foto: Bo Su
Exhibition | 30.03.2017 - 28.05.2017

Meine Wunderkammer

Entdecken - Staunen - Sammeln
Was lässt sich alles sammeln? Was macht die kleinen und großen Dinge unserer Welt zu sammlungswürdigen Werken und Werten? Schülerinnen und Schüler der Oberschule am Leibnizplatz haben sich über drei Monate hinweg intensiv mit der Ausstellung "Mir ist das Leben lieber. Sammlung Reydan Weiss" auseinandergesetzt. In einem künstlerisch-experimentellen Arbeitsprozess entwickelten sie ihr eigenes Museum im Miniaturformat. Das Kooperationsprojekt der Oberschule am Leibnizplatz und der Weserburg hat den Förderpreis Museumspädagogik 2016 der VGH-Stiftung erhalten.[more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 03.06.2017 - 06.08.2017

Artists' Books for Everything

Artists' Books for Everything
Artists’ books represent a particular phenomenon within contemporary art. Since their emergence in the 1950s they have become established worldwide as a new type of art. Artists’ books are autonomous works of art in the form of books. Works of art in large editions, they exemplify the democratisation of art as well as the mobility and interconnectedness of artists. Artists’ books are independent works of art - published, printed and copied - that are born of an artistic conception, in the tradition of Dieter Roth, Ilya Kabakov and Marcel Broodthaers in Europe, Ed Ruscha and Michael Snow in North America, Ulises Carríon, Clemente Padin and Edgardo Antonio Vigo in Latin America, William Kentridge in Africa, Yoko Ono in Asia and Robert Jacks in Australia. [more...]
Artpool: Einladung zu Commonpress  Nr. 51: Hungary Can be Yours. 1983
Exhibition Zentrum | 16.06.2017 - 03.09.2017


Active Archive of Contemporary Art in Hungary
The Artpool Archive, founded by Hungarian artist György Galántai and Julia Klaniczay in Budapest in 1979, is one of the seven important European archives that have made it their mission to collect, to archive and to preserve the artistic materials generated by the new alternative art movements since the 1960s. This exhibition presents an overview not only of the history and activities of Artpool, but also of its unparalleled collection of Eastern European artists’ publications, ranging from Samizdat to Sound Poetry. In cooperation with Artpool Art Research Center, Budapest.[more...]
Exhibition Zentrum | 15.09.2017 - 07.01.2018

Acceptance Welcome!

The Idea of an Open Society: Artistic Networks in the Context of the Kees Francke Archive
The philosopher Karl Popper called in 1945 for an open society “in which one can breathe and think freely, in which each person has a value, and in which the society exerts no unnecessary pressure on the individual”. In the 1960s and 1970s a new generation of artists began to replicate works of art in the form of artists’ books, magazines, newspapers, small multiple objects, postcards, graphic posters or audio cassettes. These were sold for a small fee or exchanged internationally with artist colleagues, disregarding all political frontiers, from Eastern Europe to Latin America. An international network was thus formed via the post, enabling artists to circumvent the censorship of their work. This was the genesis of so-called Mail Art. Everyone could participate, nobody was excluded; there were no juries and no censorship. A societal vision in accordance with that envisaged by Karl Popper was apparent in the dehierarchisation and the democratisation of art. The exhibition shows works from the archive of the Dutch artist Kees Francke, who would have celebrated his 65th birthday this year, supplemented by works from other archives that help to form a picture of the networks though which these artists were interconnected. A cabinet exhibition in the series "On the Gallery"[more...]
Marikke Heinz-Hoek, Konstellation, 2008
Exhibition Zentrum | 27.01.2017 - 04.06.2017

Marikke Heinz-Hoek

Linkepoot - Books and Editions
The video- and installation artist Marikke Heinz-Hoek developed her first editions in the early 1990s using a computer. Over the following years she produced numerous other works in the same manner, in small to unlimited print runs. Her preoccupation with the northern German landscape and the confrontation with various biographies are recurring themes in her editions. The photo-edition “Stardust 6” from 2015, for instance, juxtaposes landscape drawings by the artist and original photographs of outer space, while a computer-disk-object from the 1990s deals with the life of Marilyn Monroe.[more...]


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