An Exhibition with and about People with Down’s Syndrome

29 October 2016 to 12 March 2017

The exhibition with and about people with Down’s syndrome is the first exhibition of its kind to take visitors on an experimental and culture historical journey through our past and present. It tells the story of a complex relationship. It describes how people lived, live and want to live – people with and without Down’s syndrome.
Conceived in cooperation with people with Down’s syndrome, the exhibition presents scientific and artistic artefacts from the realms of archaeology, contemporary history, medicine, genetics, film and the fine arts. In its conceptual depth and dynamic diversity of voices, the exhibition does not set out to provide pat ready answers but to engage in a sustainable and better informed debate about social diversity and participation.

A cooperation with the research project TOUCHDOWN 21
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A Brief History of Humankind
100 000 Years of Cultural History

22 November 2016 to 26 March 2017

A Brief History of Humankind is the subtitle of the bestselling book by the Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari that sets the narrative structure of the exhibition of the same title. Developed to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and featuring objects from its collection, the exhibition makes its first appearance in Europe.
The historic artefacts recount the history of humankind from the dawn of civilization to the present. Among these objects are the first tools used by humankind, the earliest examples of the use of writing and coins, a rare copy of the Gutenberg bible and the manuscript of Albert Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity.
These artefacts are juxtaposed with select examples of contemporary art that link past and present. Among the artists represented are Mirosław Bałka, Bruce Conner, Mark Dion, Douglas Gordon, Charles Ray, Michal Rovner and Mark Wallinger.

An exhibition of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, in cooperation with Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn.

Katharina Sieverding
Art and capital
from 1967 to 2017

11 March to 16 July 2017

Internationally renowned as a pioneer of unconventional visual strategies and her innovative media-led practice, Katharina Sieverding has revitalised the artistic potential of photography. She introduced the super-sized format as a key element of her exhibitions at a time when this was far from common.
Since the 1960s, using film and photography, Sieverding has employed her portrait with unparalleled consistency, often blowing it up to monumental size and manipulating it in myriad ways. In the 1970s, with astonishing prescience, she began to develop her large-format multilayer montages on the state of the world. Her creative practice not only reproduces the accelerated visual processes of the present, it also scrutinises them in terms of responsibility, not least her own.
The retrospective exhibition presents a survey of Katharina Sieverding’s serial photographic works from 1967 to today complemented by floor-to-ceiling projections that allow the artist to visualise the innovative power of her archive of images.

Choga Zanbil, Khuzestan

Ancient Culture
between Water and Desert

13 April to 20 August 2017

The exhibition draws the veil from the long hidden treasures of the early Iranian civilisations that flourished between the seventh millennium BC and the rise of the Achaemenids in the first millennium BC.
From the snow-capped peaks of the Alborz and Zagros mountain ranges to the blazing heat of the Loot Desert, Iran is a country of contrasts. But those forbidding deserts and mountain ranges shelter fertile valleys that have been inhabited by people ever since sedentism. These valleys were the cradle of the Iranian civilisations, which culminated in the rise of the Achaemenid Empire. The mountains provided shelter and raw materials. The wild animals and mythical creatures that populated the wilderness found visual representation in scenes of animals fighting on stone vessels from the gravesites of Jiroft, on imaginatively painted ceramics from Susa and in the battle scenes on the gold bowl from Hasanlu.
The exhibition opens a window onto a country that has been inaccessible for decades and whose imagery is little known in Europe. The treasures from the graves of two Elamite princesses and the spectacular finds from the burial grounds of Jiroft are shown outside Iran for the first time.

In partnership with the National Museum of Iran and the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization


20 April to 3 July 2017 at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

Juergen Teller is one of the world’s most sought-after contemporary photographers. His pictures have straddled the interface of art and commercial photography. His stylistic device of choice is the portrait. Working in the areas of music, fashion and celebrities as well as everyday scenes and landscape, he draws on his intuitive feel for people, situations, milieus and clichés to create images of great immediacy and deceptive simplicity.
Deliberately distancing himself from the relentless glamour of fashion and people photography, Juergen Teller forged his own distinctive path. In his shoots for well-known fashion designers, he not only placed supermodels, pop stars and other celebrities in unexpected and often disturbing contexts, he also allowed their individuality to shine through, thus lifting the images out of established visual codes and preconceived expectations. Teller applies the same artistic principle to his non-commercial work. The resulting images – now more than ever – are baffling, unpredictable, cliché-defying, intimate, seemingly transgressive and in-your-face, but never compromising, because they are informed by great empathy and sensitivity.

Mawil, Kinderland, Seite 44, 2016 © Mawil / Reprodukt

Comics! Mangas! Graphic Novels!

7 May to 10 September 2017

With more than 250 exhibits from the United States, Europe and Japan, Comics! Mangas! Graphic Novels! is the most comprehensive exhibition about the genre to be held in Germany.
The comic was the first visual mass medium in history. By the end of the nineteenth century, the major American daily newspapers brought it to millions of readers – day in, day out, and in colour on Sundays. Series like Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland or George Herriman’s Krazy Kat bear witness to the abiding cultural significance of the medium. With the rise of the comic book and the superheroes in the early 1930, the first media-related youth culture developed around the comic – long before the advent of rock ‘n’ roll. In the 1960s, thanks to artists like Robert Crumb or Will Eisner and figures like Asterix or Barbarella, the comic once again began to attract an older readership. In the wake of the cultural upheaval of 1968, the comic came to be seen as the ‘ninth art’, and with the phenomenon of the graphic novel, we now witness the discovery of its hitherto ignored literary potential. At the same time, manga has established itself as a global phenomenon.

Aleksandra Domanovic, Substances of Human Origin, 2015 © Aleksandra Domanovic

Aleksandra Domanovic

2 June to 24 September 2017

Aleksandra Domanović (b. 1981 in Novi Sad, Serbia) takes a probing look at a wide range of contemporary phenomena, among them cultural techniques, scientific and technological developments, popular culture and its influence on the articulation and development of national and cultural identity. Her work often has its starting point in the examination of the past and present of her home country, the breakup of Yugoslavia after the end of the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the struggle for a new national and cultural identity. Collapse and destruction play a role, as does healing, recovery, renewal and progress. Current global political and social themes – in Domanović’s work they are not confined to regional or biographical observations – provide reference points for the central questions the artist raises.
Aleksandra Domanović is developing a show of new works for the Bundeskunsthalle.

Ferdinand Hodler, Der Tag, 1900, um 1910 überarbeitet © Kunstmuseum Luzern, Depositum der Bernhard Eglin-Stiftung, Foto: Andri Stalder, Luzern

Ferdinand Hodler
Early Modern Artist

8 September 2017 to 28 January 2018

Ferdinand Hodler (1853–1918) is one of the most important and most successful Swiss artists of the early twentieth century. Celebrated alongside Edvard Munch and Gustav Klimt as a key representative of Symbolism and Art Nouveau, he developed a distinctive style of his own. Hodler’s predilection for ornament, his formal repetitions, strong contour lines and idiosyncratic palette were hailed as novel and original by contemporary critics, and his impressive monumental works with their emphasis on large areas of flat colour and clear outlines met with great interest, particularly in Germany.
With more than hundred paintings and numerous drawings, the exhibition is the first comprehensive retrospective of the artist to be shown in Germany in almost twenty years. It sheds light on Hodler’s career – training, travels abroad, participation in competitions, scandals and exhibitions – and presents works from the genres of landscape, portrait, figure and history painting.
An exhibition of the Art and Exhibition Hall in cooperation with the Kunstmuseum Bern

Albert Bierstadt, Sunlight Through Storm (detail), 1891Oil on canvas © NordseeMuseum Husum

Weather Report
About Weather Culture
and Climate Science

7 October 2017 to 4 March 2018 

The exhibition addresses a highly topical subject that concerns us all. To what extent do short-term weather events and long-term climate changes influence nature, human civilization and culture? Throughout history, people have sought to harness, influence and explain the weather. The exhibition brings together outstanding objects from the fields of the natural sciences, cultural history and the fine arts. It provides sound explanations, but it also sets out to touch the visitor emotionally and to heighten our sensitivity to the beauty of the different weather and climate phenomena that are crucial to our existence and survival.

An exhibition of Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, and Deutsches Museum
In cooperation with UNFCCC and Deutscher Wetterdienst

Melanie Bisping, World Problems, 2014, Foto: Dr. Mark Brandenburgh, 2015 © Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH


23rd Federal Competition of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
10 November 2017 to 28 January 2018

The federal competition Art Students Display Their Works has been renamed and is now called Federal Prize for Art Students. The new name reflects a new conceptual approach. Whereas the biannual exhibition used to show the work of all artists participating in the competition, it will henceforth showcase only that of the prize winners. This closer focus allows for a better presentation of the awardees and their work.
Each of the twenty-four art academies in Germany nominates two of their most promising students for a chance to win the much coveted prizes. An independent jury selects five to eight winners, who will receive a grant to support their work and a catalogue.
The Federal Prize for Art Students is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and organised by the German National Association for Student Affairs. It’s aim is the support and promotion of young artists.
The design of the poster and the catalogue accompanying the 23rd competition lies in the hands of the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar.

Show bibliography
  1. Johanna von Schönfeld, 2013, Ohrenkuss edition „Superkräfte“ (Superpowers)© Martin Langhorst (www.lichtbilderlanghorst.de)
  2. Exhibition view, Mark Wallinger, Ecce Homo, 1999, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem© Mark WallingerExhibition view, Mark Wallinger, Ecce Homo, 1999, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem © Mark Wallinger
  3. Albert Bierstadt, Sunlight Through Storm (detail), 1891 Oil on canvas© NordseeMuseum HusumAlbert Bierstadt, Sunlight Through Storm (detail), 1891Oil on canvas © NordseeMuseum Husum
  4. ©Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organization, Foto: KhadifarChoga Zanbil, Khuzestan
  5. Katharina Sieverding, 2014 © Katharina Sieverding, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, Foto: Klaus Mettig, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016Katharina Sieverding, 2014 © Katharina Sieverding, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, Foto: Klaus Mettig, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
  6. Mawil, Kinderland, Seite 44 (Ausschnitt), 2016© Mawil / ReproduktMawil, Kinderland, Seite 44, 2016 © Mawil / Reprodukt
  7. Ferdinand Hodler, Der Tag, 1900, um 1910 überarbeitet© Kunstmuseum Luzern, Depositum der Bernhard Eglin-Stiftung, Foto: Andri Stalder, LuzernFerdinand Hodler, Der Tag, 1900, um 1910 überarbeitet © Kunstmuseum Luzern, Depositum der Bernhard Eglin-Stiftung, Foto: Andri Stalder, Luzern
  8. Aleksandra Domanovic, Substances of Human Origin, 2015© Aleksandra DomanovicAleksandra Domanovic, Substances of Human Origin, 2015 © Aleksandra Domanovic
  9. Melanie Bisping, World Problems, 2014, Foto: Dr. Mark Brandenburgh, 2015© Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbHMelanie Bisping, World Problems, 2014, Foto: Dr. Mark Brandenburgh, 2015 © Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH

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