until February 15, 2015
“Imi Knoebel: Works 1966 – 2014”
until April 6, 2015
“RealSurreal. Masterpieces of Avant-Garde Photography.
Das Neue Sehen, 1920-1950 Siegert Collection”
March 22 – September 13, 2015
“Erwin Wurm. Fichte”
As part of the series of artists” projects at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, the Austrian sculptor Erwin Wurm will transform the large exhibition hall into a German fir forest. Forest, Romanticism, the urge for freedom, the rejection of conventions and rules: this might be the chain of associations made if you begin with the word “forest.” The notion of overcoming external forces and the human desire for individuality and personal freedom are also important motifs in Wurm”s oeuvre, and they will play a central role in the exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. Over the past two decades the artist has created a consistent body of work, expanding upon the concept of sculpture through interactive and social aspects. The performative or sculptural deformations of the famous One-Minute-Sculptures, the Clothing Sculptures, and the “fat” objects, are also always about the futility of human efforts and the narrow degree of difference between high and low, norm and deviation. The exhibition is supported by Volkswagen Financial Services AG.
April 26, 2015 – August 16, 2015
“Walk The Line. New Paths in Drawing”
Katie Armstrong – Il-Jin Atem Choi – Awst & Walther – Mario BieRende – Karoline Bröckel – Angela Bulloch – Marcel Dzama – Friederike Feldmann – Gregor Hildebrandt – Katharina Hinsberg – Christian Jankowski – Zilvinas Kempinas – William Kentridge – Pia Linz – Alison Moffett – Keita Mori – Lada Nakonechna – Pavel Pepperstein – Raymond Pettibon – Christian Pilz – Alexander Roob – Yehudit Sasportas – Simon Schubert – Nedko Solakov – Troika – Mariana Vassileva – Jorinde Voigt – Tim Wolff – Ralf Ziervogel a. o.
Drawing is thinking with a pencil. Walk The Line. New Paths in Drawing provides insight into the vast field of drawing from the last fifteen years-a period in which the profile of the medium has changed. The show presents a variety of diverse ways of articulating the line, oscillating between image and writing, as well as other drawing strategies that have emerged during this time. Drawing has outgrown the classic materials and methods, while integrating both conceptual approaches and intangible processes alike. Its use of new technologies has also allowed it to conquer not only new planes, but entire spaces, as well.
The exhibition begins with visual narratives whose contents stem from the intriguing field that lies in between the two poles of image and text, fluctuating between cryptic stories and reportage (Raymond Pettibon, Nedko Solakov, Alexander Roob). Out of the pure line-which is based, for instance, on the flight paths of swallows in the work of Caroline Bröckel-both words and images develop in Friederike Feldmann”s video installation, while sequences of individual drawings lead to films, as in the work of William Kentridge and Katie Armstrong. Architectural objects made of sectional lines and entire spaces arise in the drawings by Mario Bierende and Pia Linz, while Jorinde Voigt”s Beethoven cycle and Angela Bulloch”s drawing machine lend shape to musical works. A grotesque combination of fantasy landscapes and raw reality can be found in the images and wall drawings by Lada Nakonechna, as well as in the moor landscapes by Yehudit Sasportas.
Twelve artists have created new works, some of them installations, especially for this survey.
Autumn 2015 – Spring 2016
“Jeppe Hein. This Way”
Which way? Even though the exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg bears the directional title This Way, the show by Berlin-based Danish artist Jeppe Hein (b. 1974) does not provide a decision for the visitor. Mind and body are required; visitors have the freedom to find their own way through the interactive, varied parcours of the exhibition. Every day we take many different paths, consciously or not. We cover both longer and shorter distances, but most of our paths are internal. Often, we fall into a state in which we are functioning automatically. The works of art and the way that the show is presented both deal with these paths, posing questions and providing stimuli. They are surprising and they playfully sharpen our awareness of the moment, of the here and now. In this context Hein also supplies some very private insights, permitting visitors to accompany him on his search for a path.
Featuring sculptures, installations, works on paper, rooms waiting for the visitors to act, and site-specific works, the exhibition offers a broad overview of Hein”s oeuvre. It follows in the footsteps of Minimal, Conceptual, and Kinetic Art, yet it also relates to the idea of public sculpture, while clearly aiming to communicate with viewers. The show offers no ready answers; rather, in an allusion to the sociologist Hartmut Rosa, its goal is to provide space for the type of responsive experience that is gradually disappearing from our society.
Das Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg wurde im Jahr 1994 eröffnet und kann bereits heute auf eine einzigartige Geschichte mit einer Vielzahl maßgeblicher Ausstellungen und Veranstaltungen zurückblicken. Es ist in kurzer Zeit gelungen, das Haus regional zu verankern und gleichzeitig international Beachtung zu finden. Das Museum ist der Kunst aus Gegenwart und Moderne gewidmet und es vereint die verschiedensten Medien, angefangen von Malerei, über Skulpturen und Fotografie, Video und neue Medien bis zu Mode und Design. Das imposante, modernistische Gebäude im Zentrum der Stadt gelegen, präsentiert auf 3500 qm Ausstellungsfläche sowohl wechselnde Ausstellungen als auch Werke aus der Sammlung.
The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg was opened in 1994 and can already look back at a unique history with numerous authoritative exhibitions and events. Within a brief period of time, it has been possible for the museum to position itself locally and find international recognition at the same time. The museum is dedicated to modern and contemporary art, combining diverse media ranging from painting, photography and sculpture and the new media to fashion and design. The striking modernist building located in the heart of the city presents temporary exhibitions as well as works from its own collection on 3,500 square meters.