Ulla von Brandenburg

Eine Landschaft ohne Blau, wie ungefähr

11.12.2021 - 08.05.2022
Ulla von Brandenburg
Ulla von Brandenburg, Color Notation (Yellow), 2021. In the background: Feste Erde, flüssiger Wind (Installation), 2021. Both: Courtesy Ulla von Brandenburg & Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst, Photo: Tobias Hübel
Ulla von Brandenburg
Ulla von Brandenburg, Blaue und Gelbe Schatten V (Installation), 2021, Courtesy Ulla von Brandenburg & Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst, Photo: Tobias Hübel
Ulla von Brandenburg
Ulla von Brandenburg, Eine Landschaft ohne Blau, wie ungefähr (Detail), 2021, Courtesy Ulla von Brandenburg & Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst, Photo: Tobias Hübel

With Ulla von Brandenburg (born in 1974 in Karlsruhe, lives in Paris) the Weserburg Museum of Modern Art is showing one of the most multifaceted installation artists of her generation. By means of large-format fabrics, expansive installations, intimate objects, imaginative films, watercolors and performances she transforms exhibition spaces into intensely colorful dream worlds. In sensual experience spaces that include impulses from folklore and singing, theater and circus, dance and architecture, literature and art history, or ritual actions and anthropology. The artist herself speaks of “spatial mises en scène” when she describes her artistic procedur

A magical narrative for Bremen

The exhibition Eine Landschaft ohne Blau, wie ungefähr (engl. “A Landscape without Blue, Unfathomable” – a quote from Goethe’s Tables on color theory and their explanation) is especially designed for the rooms of the Weserburg Museum of Modern Art. A sequence of new curtain and quilt formations forms the setting into which the artist feeds some of her recent films, complemented by multifaceted watercolors and objects that are both enigmatic and narrative.

In terms of content, the various elements of the exhibition revolve around the themes of dance, movement, and the history of expressionist dance. Here, dance and its history become a symbol for human community and, in the work of Ulla von Brandenburg, they pose a representative question about the possibilities of social togetherness – especially in times in which pandemics, hate speech, or increasing right-wing pressure in many parts of our society make interaction between us difficult, if not impossible.

Eine Landschaft ohne Blau, wie ungefähr thereby brings together three different projects in a new constellation – at their core they include the films Le Milieu est bleu (made in 2020 for the Palais du Tokyo Paris), Blaue und Gelbe Schatten (made in 2021 for the Georg Kolbe Museum Berlin) and a new film that is being developed especially for the exhibition in Bremen. All three films are accompanied by watercolors and objects and presented in atmospherically charged surroundings through curtain constellations defined by different colors. The basis for the latest film being created in Bremen is a performance that will be recorded in the setting of the exhibition and performed live at the opening.

For the first time on this scale in Germany

Eine Landschaft ohne Blau, wie ungefähr at the Weserburg Museum of Modern Art is the first exhibition in Germany to present the work of the internationally renowned Ulla von Brandenburg on such a scale-for northern Germany, moreover, it is the artist’s first museum exhibition.

During the exhibition, a bilingual catalog will be published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König (German, English), with texts by Chantal Pontbriand and Janneke de Vries as well as a conversation between Ulla von Brandenburg and the choreographer Loïc Touzé.

Curated by Janneke de Vries


Exhibition on Level 3 and 5

With generous support
With the kind support of the Bureau des arts plastiques of the French Institute Germany and the French Culture Minister
Media partner

Ulla von Brandenburg - Vita

Ulla von Brandenburg
Portrait Ulla von Brandenburg, Photo: Jan Northoff Fotografie

Ulla von Brandenburg was born in Karlsruhe in 1974. After studying scenography and media art at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe and a brief stint in the theater world, she went on to study fine arts at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg.

Her internationally acclaimed work has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions, most recently at venues such as the Palais du Tokyo in Paris (2020), the Whitechapel Gallery in London, the Musée Jenisch Vevey in Switzerland, the Kunstmuseum in Bonn (all three 2018), the Perez Art Museum in Miami, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Saint Louis (both 2016), MAMCO in Geneva (2014), and the Secession in Vienna (2013). In addition to participating in group exhibitions all over the world, the artist has participated in the Biennials of Sydney (2014), Lyon (2011) and Venice (2009). Her works are represented in prestigious collections such as the Tate Modern in London, MAMCO in Geneva, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Mudam in Luxembourg.

Ulla von Brandenburg won, among others, the Böttcherstrassen Prize in Bremen in 2007, was nominated for the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2016 and teaches as a professor at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe. She lives in Paris.

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80,- Euro plus admission, currently only for groups up to 10 persons

Information and registration at +49 (0)421-59839-0, info@weserburg.de

To ensure that visitors and staff alike can feel safe, the distance and hygiene regulations recommended by the Bremen Public Order Office and the Bremen Senator for Culture to contain the Covid 19 pandemic will apply until further notice – with a distance of at least 1.5 meters from each other, adherence to general hand-washing and sneezing etiquette, and the wearing of mouth and nose protection. We have equipped our facility to provide you with an unencumbered visit.