The Way We Are 1.0

30.03.2019 - 05.01.2020
FORT, The Visit, 2018, Courtesy the artists, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf
Olafur Eliasson, Yellow Door Semicircle, 2008, Erling Kagge Collection, Foto: Astrup Fearnley Museum © Olafur Eliasson, courtesy the artist and Neugerriemschneider, Berlin

Starting at the end of March 2019, the collection presentation “The Way We Are 1.0” will be featured on two floors constituting more than half of the overall exhibition space of the Weserburg. The exhibition includes works from a large number of collections, some of which have enjoyed a long association with the institution while others are new additions; also on display will be works from the Weserburg’s own collection as well as loans by artists who will be participating in a show at the Weserburg for the first time.

The Way We Are 1.0 investigates more than one hundred and forty works by eighty artists from various contexts and times with regard to both their contents and their form. This focus gives rise to a succession of spaces which identify the thread connecting works of art from the 1960s all the way to today and which approach the themes of these works from various perspectives. The exhibition tracks down images of nature or special aspects of daily life; it explores such themes as the body, time or memory; it turns its attention to urban spaces or characteristics of language; and it presents fundamental positions of painterly abstraction or minimalist formal language.

A Serial Exhibition Format

The exhibition format of The Way We Are 1.0 is structured as a multipartite series. One time each year, a variation and replacement of individual works or entire rooms will facilitate new readings of the overall presentation and thereby maintain its vitality over the long term. Some works will acquire new neighbors, disappear for a while or reemerge to view. The Way We Are 1.0 constitutes a new conceptual orientation for the Weserburg I Museum for Modern Art and simultaneously sets the tone for what will, in the future as well, fundamentally characterize the structure and work of this institution as Europe’s first collectors’ museum: a close partnership between private and corporate collections.


Friday, March 29th at 7 p.m.

  • Welcome: Dr. Carsten Sieling, Mayor and President of the Senate of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen
  • Introduction: Janneke de Vries, Director and Dr. Anne Thurmann-Jajes, Director Centre for Artists’ Publications
  • 9 p.m.: Concert and performance of the Temporary Spaces Collective, class for temporary spaces at the HfK Hochschule für Künste Bremen.

Exhibition on floors 1 and 2

With the generous support of
Cooperation partners


Etel Adnan, Carl Andre, Arman, Robert Barry, Ross Bleckner, Christian Boltanski, Viktoria Binschtok, Louise Bourgeois, Ulla von Brandenburg, George Brecht, Elina Brotherus, Erik Bünger, Peggy Buth, Anetta Mona Chisa & Lucia Tkacova, Christo, Chris Curreri, Die Tödliche Doris, Peter Doig, Henrik Eiben, Olafur Eliasson, Robert Filliou, Urs Fischer, Ceal Floyer, FORT, Dani Gal, Isa Genzken, Liam Gillick, Katharina Grosse, Wade Guyton, Hans Haacke, Raymond Hains, Ane Mette Hol, Judith Hopf, Rebecca Horn, Leiko Ikemura, Sergej Jensen, Donald Judd, Šejla Kamerić, Emese Kazár, Ellsworth Kelly, Myong-Hee Ki, Willi Kopf, Kitty Kraus, Till Krause, Ferdinand Kriwet, Adriana Lara, Thomas Lehnerer, Klara Lidén, Richard Long, Achim Manz, Christian Marclay, Gordon Matta-Clark, John McCracken, Olaf Metzel, Tracy Moffatt, Horst Müller, Henrike Naumann, Hermann Nitsch, Giulio Paolini, Giuseppe Penone, Peter Piller, Agnieszka Polska, Larry Poons, Charlotte Posenenske, Margaret Loy Pula, James Reineking, Daniel Rossi, Dieter Roth, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Takako Saito, Karin Sander, Chiharu Shiota, Florian Slotawa, Kathrin Sonntag, Daniel Spoerri, Fiete Stolte, Hiroshi Sugito, Wolfgang Tillmans, Jan Timme, Jean Tinguely, Barthélémy Toguo, Marianna Uutinen, Mariana Vassileva, Jorinde Voigt and Corinne Wasmuht.

Participating Collection

Art’Us Collectors’ Collective (neu), Sammlung Böckmann, Nachlass Irmgard Gaertner-Fichtner, Sammlung Gerstner, Kagge Collection (neu), Sammlung von Kelterborn, Sammlung Lafrenz, Miettinen Collection, Sammlung der Niedersächsischen Sparkassenstiftung, Sammlung Norddeutsche Landesbank, Sammlung Volker Schmidt, Sammlung Maria und Walter Schnepel, Sammlung Christian Kaspar Schwarm, Sammlung Sohst-Brennenstuhl, Sammlung Reydan Weiss, Sammlung Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst, Sammlung Ivo Wessel, Sammlung Zentrum für Künstlerpublikationen as well as loans by various artists

Accompanying Program

Sunday, March 31, 3 pm, 3, – Euro plus admission
Guided tour: The Way We Are 1.0 with Mara Ryser

Wednesday, April 3, 6 pm, 3, – Euro plus admission
Curator’s tour: The Way We Are 1.0 with Ingo Clauß

Sunday, April 7, 3 pm, 3, – Euro plus admission
Guided tour: The Way We Are 1.0 with Mara Ryser

Sunday, April 14, 3 pm, 3, – Euro plus admission
Guided tour: The Way We Are 1.0 with Ines Koenen

Wednesday, April 17, 6 pm, 3, – Euro plus admission
Director’s tour: The Way We Are 1.0 with Janneke de Vries

Sunday, May 5, 3 pm, 3, – Euro plus admission
Guided tour: The Way We Are 1.0 with Linda Günther

Sunday, May 12, 3 pm, 3, – Euro plus entrance
Guided tour: The Way We Are 1.0 with Ines Koenen

Sunday, May 19, 3pm
International Museum Day
Free guided tour plus admission: The Way We Are 1.0
with Linda Günther

Sunday, May 25, 6 to 1 pm, special admission prices
Long night of the Bremen museums
Further information at

Sunday, May 26, 3, – Euro plus admission
Guided tour: The Way We Are 1.0 with Linda Günther

Further dates will be announced shortly.

School Visits

40,- Euro,- 60 minutes
60,- Euro, 90 minutes with practice part

There is an special guides tour developed  for school classes. The tours can be booked in advance with a different detailed offer:

  • 1. Farb(T)räume. Neue Formen der Malerei
  • 2. Landschaft im Blick. Stadt, Natur und andere Ansichten
  • 3. Take your time. Zeit und Zufall in der Kunst
  • 4. Das Flüstern der Dinge. Alltag, Werk und Poesie

Admission for school classes and daycare centres is free. Guided tours can be booked at extra cost.

Registration is required.

For further informations and registration please contact 0421-59839-0,

Guided Tours

50,- Euro plus admission, groups up to 10 persons
80,- Euro plus admission, groups up to 25 persons

For further informations and registrations please contact 0421-59839-0,