“The Art of Deceleration” distills a theme that touches a nerve with society. Since the 19th century, the tempo of life has continuously increased up to “rushing stand still” (Paul Virilio). The longing for relaxation and contemplation grows at the same time.
The exhibition project in the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg focuses on the contrapuntal phenomenon of motion and rest in art from the Romantic to classic modernism and the present day. From the beginning, the fascination for unleashed motion was accompanied by the search for an aesthetic of slowness. The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg examines this dialectic in a comprehensive exhibition featuring circa 150 works by 80 artists.
The exhibition is supported by Volkswagen Financial Services AG.
Artists of the exhibition
Josef Albers – Giacomo Balla – Joseph Beuys – Alexander Calder – Hussein Chalayan – Francesco Clemente – Giorgio de Chirico – Robert Delaunay – Marcel Duchamp – Caspar David Friedrich – Franz Gertsch – Douglas Gordon – Andreas Gursky – Jeppe Hein – Anselm Kiefer – Frantisek Kupka – El Lissitzky – Aristide Maillol – Kasimir Malewitsch – Christian Marclay – Kris Martin – Aernout Mik – Lazlo Moholy-Nagy – Giorgio Morandi – Bruce Nauman – Roman Opalka – Julian Opie – George Osodi – Nam June Paik – Julius Popp – Odilon Redon – Gerhard Richter – Auguste Rodin – Mark Rothko – Thomas Ruff – Jonathan Schipper – Jean Tinguely – William Turner – James Turrell – Cy Twombly – Lee Ufan – Fabienne Verdier – Bill Viola – Andy Warhol – Ai Weiwei – Zhou Xiaohu – and others.
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.