Past exhibitions 2018-2019
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.