Exhibitions

Past exhibitions 2020-2021

Albert Aereboe, Bildnis Dr. Friedrich Bonhoff, 1924 © die LÜBECKER MUSEEN, Museum Behnhaus Drägerhaus
Albert Aereboe, Bildnis Dr. Friedrich Bonhoff, 1924 © die LÜBECKER MUSEEN, Museum Behnhaus Drägerhaus
The Magic of Reality. The Painter Albert Aereboe

20 March to 6 September 2021

Kunsthalle zu Kiel was showing a monographic exhibition of works by the painter Albert Aereboe (Lübeck, 1889 –1970). Aereboe remains largely unknown in the art and exhibition world. After an interval of 40 years, the exhibition The Magic of Reality. The Painter Albert Aereboe highlighted his most creative phase from 1914 to 1939, during which, in addition to haunting portraits and ingeniously arranged still lifes, he created magical scenes. Above all, his paintings in the style of art nouveau and New Objectivity have a long-lasting fascination. The exhibition also shed light on Aereboe’s artistic development through privately owned records, photographs and documents and reviews the years leading up to his death.

The Kunsthalle dedicated an exhibition to the artist as early as 1928. As a result, it acquired important items for its collection, namely the painting Blumenstrauß (Bouquet) in 1933 and Der Einsiedler (The Hermit) in 1936. The exhibition has gathered around 60 high-ranking loans from museums and private ownership to add to these and invited you to join us in a rediscovery of this compelling artist.

Ausstellungsansicht "Right here. Right now.", 2020 © Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Foto: Helmut Kunde
Ausstellungsansicht "Right here. Right now.", 2020 © Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Foto: Helmut Kunde
Right here. Right now. Guest exhibition of Jeppe Hein’s work within the collection

3 October to 21 February 2021

On the occasion of the German-Danish Cultural Friendship Year, the Kunsthalle zu Kiel in cooperation with the Schleswig-Holsteinischer Kunstverein was showing works by Danish-born Jeppe Hein in the context of artistic positions from the collection. The exhibition was dedicated to mirrors, reflections and duplication in the broadest sense. In the works various approaches to abstraction and self-reflection, multiplication and distortion, put one’s own perception and the idea of what a picture is to the test. Jeppe Hein tries to connect to the viewer of his works by making interactive art. Communication and participation have become the focus of his interest and are the distinguishing features of his art. Mirrors and one’s reflection in them heighten our awareness of the space surrounding the work and nudge us into making contact – with oneself and others. Jeppe Hein’s works in public spaces invite passers-by to experience them through their own actions. In Kiel, his walk-in water feature, Changing Invisibility, has become the focal point of the Hiroshima park. Hein is one of the most internationally renowned contemporary artists and is constantly involved in exhibitions at home and abroad.
The selected positions in the Kunsthalle’s collection are linked to Jeppe Hein’s examination of reflections. For the first time, WeltenLinie by Alicja Kwade, which was specially made for the Kunsthalle in 2018, will be shown in the context of our collection.
Artists in the group exhibition:
Josef Albers, Willi Baumeister, Tony Bevan, Conrad Böhndel, Gottfried Brockmann, Jürgen Brodwolf, Peter Brüning, Harald Duwe, Carl Rudolph Fiebig, Isa Genzken, K.O. Götz, Jeppe Hein, Gerhard Hoehme, Georg Friedrich Kersting, Willy Knoop, Alicja Kwade, Adolf Luther, Stefan Panhans, Max Sudhues, Emilio Vedova, Bill Viola

Rachel Maclean, Coffee 4 Hugs, 2019, digital painting from the Native Animals series  Commissioned by Arsenal Contemporary, © and Courtesy: The Artist
Rachel Maclean, Coffee 4 Hugs, 2019, digital painting from the Native Animals series Commissioned by Arsenal Contemporary, © and Courtesy: The Artist
Rachel Maclean

14 February to 6 September 2020

Kunsthalle zu Kiel was showing the first solo exhibition in Germany by the multimedia artist Rachel Maclean (born in 1987, Scotland). Using digital video, virtual-reality and photographic technology, Maclean creates powerful narratives set in garishly colourful fantasy worlds. Her funny, scathing satires on contemporary life cite fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood and the children’s book The Wind in the Willows. Wearing outlandish costumes and elaborate make-up, the artist almost always plays the various characters in her works herself. Her distinctive compositions address topics such as nationalism, social changes in virtual space, gender images and consumer behaviour. The exhibition featured HD video projections, a VR installation and digital paintings. For the first time in Europe, the Kunsthalle was also showing Rachel Maclean’s latest work Native Animals (2019). The Kunsthalle zu Kiel has received the Artist Proof as a gift from Rachel Maclean. Other works in the exhibition explored images of femininity, the power of advertising and the phenomenon of cuteness, which has become a ubiquitous part of our everyday culture.