What is the Proper Way to Display a Flag?

19.11.2022 - 23.04.2023
Igor Grubić, Bicycle and Flag, 366 Liberation Rituals, 2008 - 2009, Courtesy Art Collection Telekom
Igor Grubić, Bicycle and Flag, 366 Liberation Rituals, 2008 - 2009, Courtesy Art Collection Telekom

Flags are vividly expressive political symbols, that are used in many different ways in artistic works. They stand for shared, communal convictions and values, emphasize national sovereignty, mark territorial borders, enclose and exclude. But flags are also used for protest and resistance. They are a fixed element of social conflicts that are fought out on the streets of this world.

The group exhibition What is the Proper Way to Display a Flag? focuses on international positions from an international context and endeavors, by means of contemporary artistic production, to reflect upon the significance, impact and utilization of flags. The selected works present artistic strategies that use flags as material or as a contentual point of reference; included in the exhibition are space-encompassing installations, painting, photography, and video works.

The focus is on the bringing to light of historical contexts, on currently topical, socially critical statements and counter-images, on contentual reinterpretations of symbols and of signs of domination, but sometimes also on poetical, enigmatic approaches. Questions concerning our various conceptions of identity, nation, and provenance come into view; there is simultaneously a focus on freedom of opinion and the right to demonstrate, on activism, empowerment and respect.

Curated by Ingo Clauß

 

Opening: November 18, 2022, 7 pm
Exhibition on levels 3 and 5

The work The Girl with the White Flag by Fernando Sánchez Castillo was made possible by the Reydan and Roger Weiss Foundation.

A project of the exhibition on visitor orientation is supported by the NORDMETALL Foundation within the framework of the program “The Relevant Museum 2022”.

Media Partner

Artists

Yael Bartana, Rufina Bazlova, James Casebere, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Yvon Chabrowski, Stephen Dean, Jan Paul Evers, Igor Grubić, Shilpa Gupta, Sharon Hayes, Vincent Haynes, Maria Kulikovska, Ahmet Öğüt, Julian Röder, Kay Rosen, Dread Scott, Cauleen Smith, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Jonas Staal, Nasan Tur

Accompanying program

Events

Friday, November 18, 2022, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Opening: What is the Proper Way to Display a Flag?
Free admission.

Friday, January 27, 2022, 8:00 pm
film:art 95 Flags
Program with experimental films and videos, curated and introduced by Christine Rüffert
Location: Kommunalkino City 46, Birkenstraße 1, 28195 Bremen, Germany
www.city46.de/

 

Further dates will be announced soon!

 

Public guided tours

Sunday, November 27, 3:00 pm
Guided tour: Wie zeigt die Kunst Flagge? (in German language)
With Karin Puck
4 Euro plus admission, duration: 50 min. Reservation required (Monday to Friday): info@weserburg.de

Tuesday, December 6, 5:00 pm
Bei Anruf Kultur: Wie zeigt die Kunst Flagge? (in German language)
Guided tour on the phone with Karin Puck. Bei Anruf Kultur (Culture on the phone) invites anyone interested to experience culture on the move or at home on the (landline) telephone – simple, free and entertaining. Duration: 60 min. With advance reservation: buchung@beianrufkultur.de, 040-209 404 29

Wednesday, December 14, 6:00 pm
Guided tour: Nation, Identity, Origin. Flags in art (in German language)
With curator Ingo Clauß
4 euros plus admission, duration: 50 min. Reservation required (Monday to Friday): info@weserburg.de

Sunday, March 26, 3:00 pm
Guided tour: Wie zeigt die Kunst Flagge? (in German language)
With Karin Puck
4 euros plus admission, duration: 50 min. Reservation required (Monday to Friday): info@weserburg.de

Sunday, April 23, 3:00 pm
Last Guided tour: Wie zeigt die Kunst Flagge? (in German language)
With Karin Puck
4 Euro plus admission, duration: 50 min. Reservation required (Monday to Friday): info@weserburg.de

 

Information and booking request

Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst
Teerhof 20, 28199 Bremen
Germany

Office hours:
Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
+49 (0)421 59839-0
info@weserburg.de

 

Guided tours

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

Information and booking request

Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst
Teerhof 20, 28199 Bremen
Germany

Office hours:
Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
+49 (0)421 59839-0
info@weserburg.de