Upcoming Exhibitions 2016
SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS 2017
From Anxiety to Volition. Ludger Gerdes
February 11th, 2017 to April 30th, 2017
With the exhibition “From Anxiety to Volition. Ludger Gerdes”, the Kunsthalle zu Kiel dedicates the first retrospective to artist Ludger Gerdes (1954-2008) nearly a decade after his untimely death.
Sculptures, installations, paintings and works on paper as well photographs and slide projections offer a vivid insight into Ludger Gerdes’ complex and varied oeuvre. His artistic beginnings at the end of the 1970s will be shown as well as his sculptural work of the 1980s and his almost unknown photographic work that he produced after 2003.
The exhibition and accompanying catalogue contribute to the rediscovery of one of the central artistic positions from recent art history, which significantly influenced the German art scene of the 1980s. In his final years, Gerdes was a professor in Kiel.
The project is a cooperation with the Stiftung Kunstfonds - Archiv für Künstlernachlässe (Art Fund Foundation - Archive for Artists’ Estates) and with the art museums of the Kunstmuseen Krefeld. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue published by the Verlag für moderne Kunst that presents the oeuvre of Ludger Gerdes in its breadth and diversity.
May 20th, 2017 to August 27th, 2017
This exhibition is devoted to the work of the artist and author Anita Albus (* 1942, Munich) who divides her time between Munich and Burgundy. The occasion is the acquisition in 2016 of a total of 63 of Anita Albus’ works by the Karl-Walter Breitling and Charlotte Breitling Foundation for the collection of the Kunsthalle zu Kiel. With a few exceptions, all of the works, which were produced before 2004, are to remain as a collection in the Kunsthalle zu Kiel.
The artistic works of Anita Albus are a form of solitary resistance in contemporary art: the artist captures her themes on canvas with extreme precision and attention to detail using colours she herself produces and by means of precise, layered applications of paint. Anita Albus creates images of intense luminosity and visually deceptive precision. Her works take months – sometimes even years – to produce and their precision can only be appreciated in comparison to the original, and often only with a magnifying glass. Dutch paintings – miniatures and still lifes - by Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, for example, have been studied by Anita Albus in every respect in the minutest detail. Her images repeatedly retain echoes of the artistic and technical precision of works by artists such as Joris Hoefnagel, Otto Marseus von Schrieck and Maria-Sibylla Merian. Anita Albus’ artworks are closely connected to her research and writings on nature and art history. Evidence of this can be found in her series of published writing, such as The Botanical Drama. Twenty-Four Flowers Painted and Described from Life (2007) and On Rare Birds (2005). Studies on flora and fauna are intertwined with the history of the natural sciences, art, and knowledge of artistic techniques (The Art of Arts. Rediscovering Painting, 1999)
In addition to plant and animal representations, fantastic, intricate images and miniatures form a part of the artist’s work, such as the illustrations Anita Albus has published in her children's books (The Sky is my Hat, the Earth my Shoe, (1973) and The Garden of Songs (1974)).
Anita Albus has received many awards for her literary and artistic works including the Federal Cross of Merit (2001), the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2009) and the Bavarian Order of Maximilian for Arts and Sciences (2014).
Nolde and Die Brücke
Novmber 18th, 2017 to April 2nd, 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.