Past exhibitions 2018-2019
Franz Gertsch. Pictures are my biography
18 November 2018 to 24 February 2019
Franz Gertsch works in an unmistakable manner with the effects of close-up versus faraway perspective, and abstraction versus concrete representation. The exhibition in the Kunsthalle zu Kiel has come about in close collaboration with the artist himself. It brings to life important situations and recurring themes with a selection of his works from 1961 to the present day. Pictures are my biography displays monumental-scale portraits, group pictures, greatly enlarged details of nature and landscapes, and small watercolours from an artistic period of about 60 years.
The exhibition conveys Franz Gertsch's idiosyncratic and close connection between art and life. Due to the enormous size of the paintings and woodcuts in relation to the viewer, the exhibition offers an extraordinary visual experience. Franz Gertsch completed his most recent painting “Big Butterbur" in time for the show at the Kunsthalle zu Kiel and it will be presented to the public for the first time as part of the exhibition. Franz Gertsch, who was born in 1930 in Switzerland, has been an honorary member of the Kiel University (CAU) since 2005. Some of his most significant works are part of the collection of the Kunsthalle zu Kiel.
Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Cultural Foundation of Schleswig-Holstein
Goya. Grafic Masterpieces
15 September 2018 to 13 January 2019
Francisco de Goya’s (1746-1828) prints are among the most important in art history. The Kunsthalle zu Kiel will be showing some selected prints from its own collection that belong to two famous series: the 1815/16 “Los Disparates” (The Follies) and the 1815-1824 “Taromaquia” (Bullfighting). The joint exhibition of these two print series strikingly conveys the world view and stylistic means of an artist who observed his contemporaries, their vanities and weaknesses with great accuracy.
In these series, Goya’s central motifs are the absurdity of life and social ills as well as cruelty, fear, desperation and death. The artist explored experiences on the fringes of human existence, thereby also probing the artistic and technical limits of what can be represented in an image.
globalocal – The collection with the guest artists Cao Fei, Hiwa K and Mika Rottenberg
24 February 2018 to 13 January 2019
In 2018, the Schleswig-Holsteinischer Kunstverein is celebrating its 175th anniversary. To mark this occasion, the Kunstverein and the Kunsthalle zu Kiel are jointly hosting the globalocal exhibition.
Freely interpreting the Kunstverein’s founding statutes (“…to disseminate art appreciation and knowledge of art in Schleswig, Holstein and Lauenburg”), the exhibition places selected works from the Kunsthalle collection alongside works by the renowned contemporary artists Cao Fei, Hiwa K and Mika Rottenberg, highlighting both the contrasts and rewarding correlations between them. The guest artists’ markedly contemporary video works have garnered attention at international art shows such as the Venice Biennale and documenta.
With their abundant references, these works impressively illustrate the transcendence of traditional national and cultural boundaries that characterises the present-day global art scene. In Kiel, Hiwa K’s “View from Above” (2017), Cao Fei’s “La Town” (2015), and Mika Rottenberg’s “Minus Yiwu” (2017) serve as associative starting points and loose points of reference. They open up a new view onto a local collection from a perspective sharpened by global trends. The exhibition shows 61 works (including painting, sculpture, video art, and photography) by 40 artists.
From the collections of the Kunsthalle zu Kiel
Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas, Isa Genzken, Nam June Paik, Tal R, Daniel Richter, Gerhard Richter, Pipilotti Rist and many more
Muthesius Award for Art, Space and Design
29 September 2018 to 28 October 2018
Every other year, the Muthesius Association presents the Muthesius Award for the two categories visual art and design/spatial strategies. The awards support innovative work that transcends the boundaries of individual disciplines. The competition is for current graduates and former students of Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design who received their degrees within the last two years. From among over 70 applications, two independent preliminary juries select 10 works from each of the categories, and they are presented at the Kunsthalle zu Kiel. During the exhibition, two transregionally and internationally oriented specialist juries appoint the final winners.
Alicja Kwade – AMBO
21 April 2018 to 16 September 2018
This is a unique performance, tailored to the specific venue of the exhibition and developed by the internationally sought-after artist Alicja Kwade (*1979) for the Kunsthalle zu Kiel. Kwade is particularly interested in how reality is constructed as well as the experience of space and time. She thereby incorporates philosophical questions and scientific insights into her work. The eponymous title ambo comes from the Latin and means both, as well as ambiguous. In AMBO, Alicja Kwade invites the viewer into an artistic laboratory, which provides unusual perceptual experiences.
Pipilotti Rist. Videos 1986-1992
24 February 2018 to 2 September 2018
“[I] use my mental tongue to mix together the images that are just behind and just in front of my eyelids,” Pipilotti Rist says to describe her own artistic approach. Born in Switzerland in 1962, Rist is also a musician and a member of the band Les Reines Prochaines (“The Next Queens”). Pipilotti Rist describes herself as a typical child of television; she grew up watching music videos on MTV. She incorporates these videos’ visual language and aesthetics into the early works of hers that are shown here, working with the video medium’s possibilities, including flamboyant colours, strong magnification, image distortion and cross-fading. Pipilotti Rist aggressively confronts sexuality and physicality, pop culture and images of femininity.
Nolde und die Brücke
18 November 2017 to 02 April 2018
Emil Nolde is one of the most outstanding artists of the 20th century. The group of artists known as Die Brücke formed in 1905 in Dresden, consisting of Fritz Bleyl, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. They were among the most important representatives of Expressionism. These young men in their early twenties were enthusiastic about Emil Nolde’s “storms of colour” – a painter who was almost a generation older – and offered him membership of their group in February 1906. Subsequently, an artistic exchange took place between them.
The group’s painting style was inspired by Nolde, who in turn was inspired by the woodcut, which was a domain of Die Brücke artists. However, Nolde, who “liked so much to keep his wings free”, separated from Die Brücke in November 1907. Nevertheless, the artistic echo of their joint period influenced the artists involved for years to follow. In this exhibition together with the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, the Kunsthalle zu Kiel dedicates itself to this important chapter of German art history. Central works of Die Brücke artists and Emil Nolde are accompanied by documents from various archives that paint a picture of the period and its artistic debate as well as vividly conveying the role of Emil Nolde’s wife Ada.
The exhibition, with participation from numerous museums and private lenders, will be carried out with the support of the Brücke Museum in Berlin and the Nolde Foundation in Seebüll.