The Colombian artist Oscar Murillo (* 1986 in La Paíla) is dealing in his exhibition at the Kunstverein Hamburg with the subject of precarious work and the importance of understanding solidarity. Primarily a painter and interested in aesthetic discourse - he is going beyond this framework. He has installed within the large hall of the Kunstverein an agora where he try to express his unbroken belief in geographic, cultural and socio-political cohesion. In Horizontal Darkness in Search of Solidarity large canvases from the manifestation series sewn together from various pieces with the effigies (portraits) and stuffed dolls that symbolize the ordinary people from from his hometown La Paíla. Various grandstands, which are also used as part of the accompanying program, are inviting visitors to sit down and watch and perceive the Agora as a place of debate. In addition to canvas works and drawings, the exhibition also shows several video works by Murillo that examine the subject of mobility and the eternal state of change. The windows, which he had made by craftsmen from Azerbaijan using the technic of traditional stained glass technology, consist of rusted sheet metal from run-down factories and symbolize the globalization scrap of our time. The various materials and processes illuminate the topic of physical work and question the importance of migration, community, exchange and trade in today's globalized world.
09.11.2019 - 26.01.2020, Kunstverein Hamburg.
Over the weekend of January 24th and 25th, 2020 there will be a program of artistic feedback on the exhibition. In Search of Maintained Solidarity: A Frame for the No Longer Visible is a program consisting of lectures, discussions, performances and musical and poetic contributions.
A Smashed Window and an Empty Room deals with the impact of trauma on mental and emotional health as well as conditions and consequences of human interactions. With the large-format, pulsating sculpture Rage Fluids and the 360° film GUSH (both 2018), Perry reflects on coming to terms with grief, pain and loss. A newly produced hydraulic sculpture evokes moments of tenderness, intimacy and, violence through a mechanized dance with itself. Hannah Perry’s visual language utilizes coded and gendered industrial materials which reflect on the landscape and demographics that shaped her upbringing in the North of England.
Kunstverein Hamburg: 2/16/2019 - 4/28/2019
Opening of the exhibition: 2/15/2019, 7pm Speakers: Frauke Willems, Tobias Peper
Artist Talk: 2/17/2019, 4 pm Hannah Perry in conversation with Tobias Peper
KUNSTVEREIN HAMBURG TRIENNIAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY: BREAKING POINT CALLA HENKEL / MAX PITEGOFF: SHIFT
Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff (* 1988 in Minneapolis, * 1987 in Buffalo, live and work in Berlin) show photo portraits of actors, artists, writers, musicians and performers in a context that deliberately allows changes to the compositions. Her photographic practice draws on performance, theater and the production of social spaces, such as in the New Theater or in the Green Salon of the Volksbühne Berlin. The detachment of place and purpose of the persons depicted produces a kind of cast list of a self-administered sitcom of former lovers, friends and people from long-forgotten jobs and foggy weekends. The artists lead us to the point, that we have no idea who (or what) will ultimately collect our images for us, e.g. processed and grouped in the new media of Facebook & Co. In the tradition of conceptual artist Heinz-Günter Mebusch, the artists draw attention to the double nature of the portrait.
Kunstverein Hamburg, June 8 – September 9, 2018
Late Night Quantification On July 7, 2018, the Kunstverein Hamburg will be hosting the performance of the new album Messages by and with Jochen Arbeit (Einstürzende Neubauten) starting at 11:00 pm under the motto Late Night Quantification – Music, Drinks and Art at Night. The art exhibition is open as well until 3:00 this night.
The performance THUG LIFE deals with the myth of the alleged murder of rapper icon 2Pac. The two artists born in 1986 and 1989 take up the memory culture of this legend and translate it into an artistic performance.
04. may, 2018, 19:00 Uhr Kunstverein Hamburg
Cross over Performance mit Adam Christensen
Christensen, born in 1979, is dealing with different media (video, performance, language and music). In his current performance he try to interweave biographical and theatrical elements that, in conjunction with the audience, blur the line between the artist and the viewer.
With Women Between Buildings, the Kunstverein in Hamburg will be showing the most comprehensive solo exhibition of Nicole Wermers in Germany until May 6, 2018.
The artist works in sculptural series and creates object worlds, which are taken from the profane everyday design. Functional elements become ornament of a sociopolitical and historical engagement within the immediate environment on the basis of the formal idiom of modernity as well as of the surrounding urban space. The exhibition features works from the past 10 years, including Untitled Chairs from the 2015 Turner Prize nominated Infrastructure Exhibition, as well as two new sculptures created specifically for this exhibition. The artist appropriates herself semi-public places with an upside-down camera which gives the impression that she is walking on the blanket. Hotels, corporate lobbies and the CCH Hamburg are thus becoming enigmatic, interchangeable endless architectures. Women Between Buildings, this title is a reminiscent of the standard work on urban planning Life between Buildings by the Danish author Jan Gehl from the 1970s, in which he has written about responsibility in urban planning. Nicole Wermers (* 1971 in Emsdetten, lives and works in London) studied with Sigmar Polke and Claus Böhmler at the College of Fine Arts in Hamburg and at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. In addition to numerous other awards she was nominated in 2015 for the Turner Prize.
Wolfgang Tillmann’s exhibition on the 200th anniversary of the Kunstverein Hamburg is celebrated with great media interest. The exhibition at the Klosterwall forms the end and the highlight of the celebrations of the largest and oldest art association in Germany. The exhibition will be open until 12 November 2017.
Wolfgang Tillmans shows his talent as a crossover artist also with his visual album ‘That’s Desire’. Directed and photographed by Wolfgang Tillmans, this 27 minutes film features performances by Hari Nef, Karis Wilde, Ash B., Matthew Salinas, Bashir Daviid Naim, Rachel Guest, Christopher Olszewski and himself as well as band members Juan Pablo Echeverri, Jay Pluck, Kyle Combs, Tom Roach and Daniel Pearce.
Participants danced and improvised in Los Angeles and New York to the music, without previously knowing it. Whilst editing the footage with Michael Amstad in Berlin, it became clear, that what was planned to be cut into six individual videos, should not be separated, but should remain as a consecutive sequence of six different moods.
With a comprehensive program of exhibitions and events, an anniversary publication and the official ceremony in autumn, the Kunstverein Hamburg celebrates its history and positions itself as an indispensable place for exchange and aesthetic debate in Hamburg – all over the year.