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.

Ancient Cultures
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

The Persian Garden
The Invention of Paradise

13 April to 15 October 2017 in Bonn

Opening with the exhibition Iran. Ancient Cultures between Water and Desert, a Persian garden on the piazza in front of the museum beckons visitors to linger and enjoy its pleasures.
Several gardens in Iran have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Rather than replicate a specific garden, our garden demonstrates that the art of garden design, developed in Persia in antiquity, continues to shape our idea of an ideal garden – in the East as much as in the West.
Light and shade, heat and cool freshness, the soothing burbling of water, the heady scent of flowers – a garden is a manmade paradise. And indeed, the very word ‘paradise’ has come down to us from ancient Persia. Do come in and enjoy the paradisiac atmosphere of the Persian Garden, an oasis for the mind and the senses!


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.

Comics! Mangas! Graphic Novels!

7 May to 10 September 2017

With more than 300 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.

An Exhibition with and about People with Down’s Syndrome

14 May to 27 August 2017 in the KulturAmbulanz Bremen

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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Aleksandra Domanovic
Kalbträgerin (Calf-Bearer)

2 June to 24 September 2017

In her work, Aleksandra Domanović (b. 1981 in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia) takes a probing look at a wide range of phenomena of contemporary society, among them cultural techniques, scientific and technological developments, history and culture, popular culture and the shaping 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. Many of her works are thus informed by her own biography, but they also set a universal example of the artistic examination of national and cultural identity, individuality, collective visual memory and commemorative culture. Domanović’s refined, subtle works are precisely conceived narratives, visualised through the use of iconic images or illustrations taken from other contexts.
For Calf-Bearer, her exhibition in Bonn, the artist expands on one of her themes – Bulls Without Horns – and looks at current scientific research and development, namely bioengineering and the breeding of certain traits in cattle, like the lack of horns. She translates these ideas into sculptures, which she produces by means of computer modelling, 3D printing and casting in synthetic plaster. Her votive stelae are transformed depictions of the Greek Moschophoros (Calf-Bearer) of the sixth century BC, found on the Acropolis of Athens in the so-called Perserschutt (the rubble of the architecture and sculptures destroyed by the Persians in 480 BC). The artist fuses the science and culture of different eras, subtly and poetically questioning norms and beauty outside of norms.

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 by the Bundeskunsthalle and the Deutsches Museum in Bonn
In Cooperation with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Deutscher Wetterdienst
Curators: Stephan Andreae, Ralph Burmester, Andrea Niehaus


Kunstmuseum Bern: DOSSIER GURLITT
“Degenerate Art” – confiscated and sold
November 2, 2017 to March 4, 2018

Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn: DOSSIER GURLITT
Nazi Art Theft and its Consequences
November 3, 2017 to March 11, 2018

The Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn and the Kunstmuseum Bern are collaborating in the organization of a concurrent double exhibition. The two exhibitions will, for the very first time, be focusing on a selection of works of art from the Cornelius Gurlitt estate. Under the title of Dossier Gurlitt, the two exhibitions will present Cornelius Gurlitt’s extensive art collection. Both shows are based on the latest research into “Gurlitt’s art trove” and seek to bring to light further evidence to help clarify the provenances of those works whose origins remain unknown.
In form and content, the exhibitions at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn and at the Kunstmuseum Bern are closely coordinated. In Bern the focus lies on art that was considered “degenerate” and on works from the Gurlitt family circle. The Bundeskunsthalle, on the other hand, will concentrate on works of art that were taken from their owners as part of the Nazi persecution and on works whose provenance has not yet been established. Primarily, the exhibition in Bonn will shed light on the fate of the persecuted, mostly Jewish art collectors – and art dealers, juxtaposing their individual histories with the biographies of the Nazi perpetrators. Moreover the show homes in on the unprecedented theft of art by the Nazis in the occupied territories.
The Bonn exhibition will go on show at the Kunstmuseum Bern in the spring of 2018. A further stop is planned for the fall of 2018 at the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin.

An exhibition of Bundeskunsthalle and Kunstmuseums Bern


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. Albert Bierstadt, Sunlight Through Storm (detail), 1891 Oil on canvas© NordseeMuseum HusumAlbert Bierstadt, Sunlight Through Storm (detail), 1891Oil on canvas © NordseeMuseum Husum
  2. ©Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organization, Foto: KhadifarChoga Zanbil, Khuzestan
  3. 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
  4. Mawil, Kinderland, Seite 44 (Ausschnitt), 2016© Mawil / ReproduktMawil, Kinderland, Seite 44, 2016 © Mawil / Reprodukt
  5. 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
  6. Johanna von Schönfeld, Ohrenkuss edition „Superkräfte“ (Superpowers), 2013© Martin Langhorst (www.lichtbilderlanghorst.de)Johanna von Schönfeld, Ohrenkuss edition „Superkräfte“ (Superpowers), 2013 © Martin Langhorst (www.lichtbilderlanghorst.de)
  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. View April 2017, Photo: Sibylle Pietrek, 2017© Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbHView April 2017, Photo: Sibylle Pietrek, 2017 © Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH
  9. Aleksandra Domanovic, Calf-Bearer, 2017, syntheticplaster, kerrock, plexiglass, and PU foam, 7 unique sculpturescourtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin © Photo: the artistAleksandra Domanovic, Calf-Bearer, 2017, syntheticplaster, kerrock, plexiglass, and PU foam, 7 unique sculptures. Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin © Photo: the artist

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