Jiri Geller, Dunkelheit VIII, 2009, Miettinen Collection
Exhibition | 04.02.2017 - 27.08.2017

Dreamaholic

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...]
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

OH WOW

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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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

Artpool

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...]
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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