John Isaacs, The Architecture of Empathy (Pieta) 1, 2012, Privatsammlung
Exhibition | 20.05.2017 - 25.02.2018

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...]
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...]
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 | 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...]
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...]
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...]

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Proof of Life / Lebenszeichen
Thursday 26.October, 18.00 Hour 

Proof of Life / Lebenszeichen
Sunday 29.October, 15.00 Hour 

Proof of Life / Lebenszeichen
Sunday 05.November, 15.00 Hour 

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