Past exhibitions 2014-2015
Via Lewandowsky – Hokuspokus
October 3, 2015 – January 31, 2016
Under the title “Hokuspokus” at the Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Via Lewandowsky explores the significance of faith, ritual and aura. Three scenographic installations have been created specifically for this exhibition, and a total of 38 works are being shown. The artist separates the objects from their context. Through a combination of image, movement and sound, they take on their own life in a subversive and repeatedly humorous way. The artist’s orientation on process, the material history of objects and the philosophical question of potential failure provide the artist a space within which he investigates the necessity and mechanisms of cultural tradition as well as the significance of ritual.
Via Lewandowsky was born in 1963 in Dresden and lives in Berlin. Besides objects and installations, he also produces art in public spaces. In 2015, he designed the set for the production Der gute Mensch von Sezuan (The Good Person of Szechwan) by Leander Haußmann at the Berliner Ensemble.
An exhibition catalogue has been published in close collaboration with the artist.
The exhibition can subsequently be seen from 14.2 - 29.5.2016 at the Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig
CAUboys. Art and University
February 28 - October 11, 2015
CAUboys: Art and University is an exhibition commemorating the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Christian-Albrechts-Universität (CAU) and the multifarious interfaces between art and university education in Kiel. Indeed, some of the great names of classical modernism are closely linked to CAU, among them those of Erich Heckel and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. The university awarded each of them the title of citizens of honor, and made Emil Nolde and Christian Rohlfs honorary doctors. With Franz Gertsch, we can add one of the leading contemporary Swiss artists to the list. The exhibition is focusing on presenting the works of these artists. Since the very beginnings of CAU, drawing teachers such as Theodor Rehbenitz or Friedrich Loos taught students at the university, imparting the idea to them of “thinking with their hands.” The work of all these artists is represented in the show as well as portraits of professors, providing a vivid and profound impression of CAU's 350-year history.
Artists: Johann Wilhelm Bauer (Baur), Abraham Bloemaert, Ima Breusing, Hendrik ter Brugghen, Else Wex-Cleemann, Hans Peter Feddersen, Conrad Fehr, William Gowe Ferguson, Franz Gertsch, Erich Heckel, Melchior de Hondecoeter, Christian Albrecht Jensen, Leopold von Kalckreuth, Gisela Klingmüller, Franz von Lenbach, Friedrich Loos, Deutscher Meister, Russischer Meister, Emil Nolde, Jürgen Ovens, Carl Rahl, Theodor Rehbenitz, Christian Rohlfs, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Jan Sanders (gen. van Hemessen), Adriaen van de Venne, Christian Leonhard Wasmuth, Valentin Wassner
Special thanks to the Nolde-Stiftung Seebüll, the Brücke-Museum Berlin, the Nachlass Erich Heckel Hemmenhofen as well as Franz and Maria Gertsch
April 27 - September 13, 2015
What images do we associate with our projections of the future?
The exhibition playing future is showing works that engage with this question. Beyond concrete prognosis and scope for action, artists reflect on society’s accepted notions of tomorrow in regard to feasible urban spaces, forms of mobility tomorrow, or ideas of communications networks totally reliant on technology, to name just a few examples. The opulent imagery of science fiction is just as ubiquitous as minimalism or reduction. The elementary problems of time and place hold sway over these reflections: after all, time is the key unit of measurement that interlinks the future, present, and past.
Artists: Yto Barrada, Julian Charrière, Pierre Delavie, Jeppe Hein, Carsten Höller, Navid Nuur, Tabor Robak, RYBN.ORG, Raqs Media Collective, Björn Schülke, Max Sudhues, Nasan Tur, Gregor Wosik
The exhibition celebrates the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel.
World War I as the End of the Road: Disrupted Lives from Boccioni to Schiele
October 11, 2014 – February 8, 2015
The Kunsthalle zu Kiel is commemorating the anniversary of the beginning of the First World War with the exhibition Falling Stars, presenting a unique and representative cross section of pre-war modernism in Germany and Europe. Falling Stars engages with European artists whose lives and artistic careers found an abrupt end due to the War and the attendant circumstances, such as Spanish influenza and suicide. The title of the show quotes the expressionist poet August Stramm, who wrote the poem “Wunde” (Wound) during World War I and was also one of its many victims.
The works of 60 artists from 12 European nations are on view in the presentation. Some of the names have been indelibly etched in the memories of international and German art lovers. Such is the case, for example, with Franz Marc and August Macke, Albert Weisgerber and Umberto Boccioni. But the oeuvres of many other artists are, if at all, only sparsely represented in public collections and find, with this exhibition, a public forum for the very first time. Falling Stars unfolds a broad spectrum of highly diverse styles and movements of a period of time steeped in drastic political upheaval and radical artistic change. We will be mounting paintings, prints and sculptures by largely young talents who were hardly blessed with enough time to find maturity in their work. Thus the exhibition intrinsically asks in what respects this caesura impacted modern art in general.
Not only the artists presented in Falling Stars are from all over Europe, the same is also true of both public and private lenders. They range from the Tate in London to the State Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg, from the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon to the Moderna Museet in Stockholm.
Artists: Louis Abel-Truchet, Paul Adametz, Anton Albers d.J., Hans Barthelmeß, Josef Berchtold, Benno Berneis, Ernst Bischoff-Culm, Umberto Boccioni, Walther Bötticher, Hanns Bolz, Aroldo Bonzagni, Hans Beppo Borschke, Wladimir Burljuk, Ernst Burmester, Gustav Crecelius, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Leopold Durm, Hans am Ende, Joë English, Hans Fuglsang, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Gustav Gildemeister, Harold Gilman, Hans Gsell, Raymond de la Haye, Franz Henseler, Franz Hofer, Bruno Jacob, Gustav Kampmann, Bohumil Kubišta, Maximilian Kurzweil, Michail Le-Dantju, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Hans Lesker, Siegfried von Leth, Friedrich Lissmann, Ivan Lönnberg, August Macke, Franz Marc, Wilhelm Morgner, Franz Nölken, Nadežda Petrović, Jindřich Prucha, Waldemar Rösler, Walter Rosam, Olga Rozanowa, Antonio Sant’Elia, Kurt Schäfer, Egon Schiele, Jules Schmalzigaug, Götz von Seckendorff, Rudolf Sievers, Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, Hermann Stemmler, Hermann Stenner, Hans Sutter, Karl Thylmann, Albert Weisgerber, Konrad Westermayr, Josef Alfons Wirth
A catalog has been published to accompany the exhibition
Angela Glajcar - White
(presented by the Schleswig-Holsteinsicher Kunstverein)
12 September 2014 - 8 February 2015
In 2014, the Schleswig-Holsteinischer Kunstverein is again presenting a unique example of recent approaches in art with an artwork made especially for the exhibition. This year we have chosen the sculptress Angela Glajcar, who predominantly works with paper producing large, room-filling formats. The artwork showing in Kiel is made of 800 g/m2 heavy paper. It is monumental in its dimensions and impact, while at the same time very delicate; it unites opposites such hard and soft, light and dark. Thus the works title White refers both to the color of the paper as well as the sculpture’s metaphysical meaning. Angela Glajcar’s powerful installation transforms the impression of the space in which it hangs and is closely interrelated to the Kunsthalle’s architecture.
Weaving Webs in Art
July 28 – November 16, 2014
Nets: Weaving Webs in Art is presenting around 55 works by 25 contemporary artists, including an historical excursion comprising prints, drawings, and botanical specimens from the 16th through the 19th century. The exhibition focuses on notions about nets and webs, mounting work not only exploring those naturally woven nets, such as spiders’ webs, but also the terms and entities we associate with webs and nets, such as data in diagram structures or using the flexible data we find in the Internet. Net structures interlink images, texts, and acoustic signals. They are constantly on the move and an essential part of our global world today. The role played by science and mathematics, creative code forms, and cartographic visualization is just as pivotal as the sociopolitical dimensions of networks. The exhibition Nets thus engages with key issues confronting us in the world today and, at the same time, delves into subject matter that has fascinated humankind for many thousands of years; nets and webs are in fact metaphorical entities, which already since antiquity have fascinated artists and poets alike.
Monica Baer, Felix Bonowski, Edward Burtynsky, Silvie Deutsch, William Engelen, Daniel Franke und Cedric Kiefer, Peter Kogler, Pia Linz, Barrett Lyon, Jenny Michel, Trevor Paglen, Dan Perjovschi, Julius Popp, Jens Risch, Tomás Saraceno, Julia Schmid, Chiharu Shiota, Marcus Steinweg, Thomas Stellmach und Maja Oschmann, Philip Topolovac, Clement Valla, Jorinde Voigt, Otto Zitko
Erhard Schön, Petrarcameister, Giovanni Paolo Cimerlini, Jost Amman, Hans Vredeman de Vries, Matthäus Merian the elder, Gregor Fentzel, Ernst Ludwig Creite, Johann Rudolf Metzger, Bernhard Rode, Theodor Rehbenitz, Friedrich Olivier, Herbaria
A catalog has been published to accompany the exhibition
Elsbeth Arlt “painting watercolors”
Daily notations 1/9/96 – 30/11/96
July 5– September 28, 2014
In 2012, the artist Elsbeth Arlt (b. 1948) was distinguished for her life’s work with the "Kunstpreis des Landes Schleswig-Holstein" (Schleswig-Holstein State Art Award). She will be represented by an exceptional exhibition in our Collection of Prints and Drawings. Her diary-like series, which the artist has laconically named “painting in watercolors”, is a documentation of the intellectual and aesthetic dimensions of her conceptual way of producing art over a total of 95 individual sheets.
In the period of time from September 1 to November 30, 1996, the artist worked almost 100 sheets, making notes, visually and in writing, using watercolors, lead pencils and a typewriter. Her daily painting and drawing, collecting, making notes, and processing of objects, images, words and sentences gave rise to an archive in which text and image are synthesized or, conversely, acquire meaning through antithetic combinations, through seeming contrasts.
The works are a gift of the artist to the Schleswig-Holsteinischer Kunstverein zu Kiel.
Muthesius Prize 2014
for Art, Spatial Strategies and Design
June 14 - July 2, 2014
The Muthesius Gesellschaft e. V. has been awarding this art prize since 2010. Graduates from the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel in the fields of “Art” and “Spatial Strategies/Interior design” make up the target group. From the submitted applications a first jury selects up to twelve works from each field. They are then presented to the general public in an exhibition at the Kunsthalle.
A second international jury chooses the winner, but public opinion counts too: parallel to the Muthesius Prize a public's favorite is awarded in both categories.
Kiel ablaze! the rapture of color
The Collection 2014
March 8 – September 21, 2014
Each of the 12 rooms housing the current presentation of the collection features one of 12 colors. Their selection, as well as the sequence of their appearance, follows the canon of Harald Küpper’s (* 1928) color wheel. New views of the individual colors and their interaction constantly unfold along the visual axes that open up as you pass from room to room. They not only highlight the architectural structure of the old Kunsthalle building but also place particular emphasis on the individual artworks. The colors of the walls have largely determined the selection of works, each generating its own unique perceptual situation. In several rooms the color of the walls strongly contrasts with the colors in the artworks, in others the color on the walls appears to harmoniously embrace them. This year’s presentation Kiel ablaze! focuses on the impact of color—both in the artworks themselves and on walls.
Artists: Abraham Bloemaert, Iwan Schischkin, Christian Rohlfs, Emil Nolde, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel, Max Pechstein, Alexej von Jawlensky, Max Beckmann, Willi Baumeister, Roman Opalka, KO Götz, Peter Brüning, François Morellet, Günter Fruhtrunk, Bridget Riley, Gotthard Graubner, Arnulf Rainer, Imi Knoebel, Marlene Dumas, Sigmar Polke, Markus Lüpertz, Peter Doig, Daniel Richter and others.