The Rhine
The Biography of a European River

9 September 2016 to 22 January 2017

The Rhine is one of the world’s busiest rivers. For thousands of years it has carried not only coal, building material and people, but also luxury goods and art treasures, weapons, ideas, fairytales and myths through the western half of Europe. Its course is lined by imposing cities, monasteries and cathedrals as well as by conurbations and industrial zones. Dividing line and nexus in equal measure, it continues to mark the people who have settled on its banks. It has been regulated, straightened, polluted, fought over, conquered and occupied. The European Union was founded in Strasbourg on the Rhine, and the exhibition heeds its cultural and political imperative of cross-border cooperation between the riparian states of Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands.
Following the course of the Rhine from its sources to the Rhine-Meuse-Schelde delta, the exhibition sheds light on many of the momentous and often dramatic events that punctuate more than 2000 years of cultural history.

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in cooperation with the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn
Concurrently, the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn presents the exhibition bilderstrom – Der Rhein und die Fotografie 2016–1853

Pina Bausch
and the Tanztheater

16 September 2016 – 9 January 2017
at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

Pina Bausch (1940–2009) is recognised as a pioneer of modern dance theatre and as one of the most influential choreographers of the twentieth century. The exhibition is the first to present her work to a wider public. Together with her company, Pina Bausch developed the artistic form of dance theatre which combines theatre, dance and performance art. Her novel approach not only roundly rejected the conventions of classical ballet, but also went far beyond the preoccupations with formal principles that characterise much of modern dance.
The objects, installations, photographs and videos presented are drawn from the unique holdings of the Pina Bausch Archives. At the heart of the exhibition is the reconstruction of the ‘Lichtburg’, the legendary rehearsal space in an old Wuppertal cinema, in which Pina Bausch developed most of her pieces in collaboration with her dancers. Outsiders are rarely admitted to this intimate space. At the Martin-Gropius-Bau it becomes a platform for inspiration and exchange. Members of the company will introduce visitors to the quality of dance theatre movements and short sequences of dance moves. Performances, dance workshops, public rehearsals, conversations, films and much more transform the rehearsal studio into a vibrant, experiential space for visitors.

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 a selection of outstanding objects from its encyclopaedic holdings,  the exhibition now makes its first appearance in Europe.
The archaeological objects from the Israel Museum recount the history of humankind from the dawn of civilization to the present. Among these objects are the remains of the first use of fire in a communal setting, the first tools used by humankind, rare evidence for the co-existence of Homo sapiens and Neanderthals, the earliest examples of the use of writing and numerals, the first coins, a photographic reproduction of the Ten Commandments, a copy of the Gutenberg bible, a replica of Edison’s lightbulb and the manuscript of Albert Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity. A particular treasure are the thirty-six sculptures of gods and goddesses from all over the world, from Neolithic stone and clay figures, ancient Egyptian deities, figures  from Greek and Roman mythology to deities from South America and sculptures from Asia and Africa. 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, Aernout Mik, Adrian Paci, Paul Pfeiffer, Charles Ray, Haim Steinbach and Mark Wallinger. 

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

Gregor Schneider
Wall Before Wall

2 December 2016 to 19 February 2017 in Bonn

Gregor Schneider, born in 1969, is an internationally renowned radical artist whose work frequently gives rise to heated debate. Working in different media, he has developed a complex and self-referential oeuvre that crosses recent German history with the dystopian places of personal existence. In the mid-1980s the artist began building complete rooms inside of existing rooms, the new room replicating the space that houses it. Since then he has created a large body of spatial constructions that divests everyday places of their familiarity. In 2001 he won the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale for his installation Haus u r in the German Pavilion. The installation consisted of a total of twenty-four rooms of a Family Home in Rheydt, which has been central to his creative practice since 1985 and which he has gradually developed in different directions. For the Bundeskunsthalle the artist is designing a display that traces the course of his career in key works: a selection of paintings (1982-1985) and the documentation of early works (1984-1985) are followed by complete rooms from Haus u r as well as recent works involving culturally and historically important buildings. Films, duplicate sculptures and staged situations with actors complete the presentation.

Katharina Sieverding, 2014 © Katharina Sieverding, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016, Foto: Klaus Mettig, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016

Katharina Sieverding
Art and capitalism
from 1967 to 2017

10 March to 16 July 2017

„Kein Bild ist denkbar ohne die Gesamtheit aller Bilder, die in der Welt sind.“
Katharina Sieverding gehört zu den international renommierten Künstlerinnen, die schon früh mit ungewöhnlichen Bildfindungen und einer innovativen medialen Kunstpraxis das künstlerische Potential der Fotografie erneuert haben. So gehört auch die Einführung des Großformates zu ihren essentiellen Ausstellungspraktiken zu einem Zeitpunkt, als es noch nicht selbstverständlich im Formatkanon war.
Bekannt geworden ist Sieverding durch die beispiellose Konsequenz, mit der sie filmisch und fotografisch ihr zum Teil extrem vergrößertes und auf vielfältige Weise manipuliertes Porträt seit den 1960er Jahren einsetzt und ab den 1970er Jahren die großformatigen Multilayer Montagen zur Weltlage – fast vorausschauend – erarbeitet und 1977 erstmalig auf der documenta 6 international veröffentlicht. Ihre künstlerische Praxis bildet die beschleunigten Bildprozesse der Gegenwart nicht nur ab, sondern hinterfragt sie kritisch im Sinne einer Verantwortung auch sich selbst gegenüber.
Der retrospektive Charakter der Ausstellung zeigt sich in einem Überblick ihrer seriellen Fotoarbeiten von 1967 bis heute, ergänzt durch raumhohe Projektionen, die es der Künstlerin erlauben, die innovative Kraft ihres Bildarchivs zu visualisieren.

Choga Zanbil, Khuzestan

Ancient Culture
between Water and Desert

13 April to 20 August 2017

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, a country of extremes. But those forbidding deserts and mountain ranges shelter fertile valleys and lush oases, ecological niches that have been inhabited by people ever since sedentism. Here the first villages emerged, soon followed by cities, in which craft and trade flourished, and finally by states whose names we know from correspondence and conflicts with Babylon and later Greece.
These valleys and oases 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 recently discovered gravesites of Jiroft in southeast Iran, on imaginatively painted ceramics from Susa and on 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.

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 on the history of the genre to be held in Germany. Separate sections of the exhibition are devoted to Europe and Japan, where distinct traditions evolved after the end of the Second World War.
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. The primary target audience was the adult readership rather than children and adolescents. 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 Bill Haley and 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


2 June to 24 September 2017

Aleksandra Domanović entwickelt in ihrer Kunst eine forschende Perspektive auf verschiedenste Phänomene unserer Zeit, auf Kulturtechniken, wissenschaftliche und technische Entwicklungen, auf Populärkultur und deren Einfluss auf Ausformung und Entwicklung nationaler und kultureller Identität.
Ausgangspunkt ist häufig der Blick auf die Geschichte und Gegenwart ihrer Heimat, die Auflösung des jugoslawischen Staates nach dem Ende des Kalten Krieges und dem Zusammenbruch der Sowjetunion sowie die Konflikte um ein neues nationales und kulturelles Selbstverständnis. Zusammenbruch und Zerstörung spielen dabei eine Rolle, ebenso wie Heilung, Erneuerung und Fortschritt. Aktuelle politische und gesellschaftliche Themen, die von globaler Bedeutung sind und sich im Werk von Domanović keineswegs auf regionale oder biografische Beobachtungen beschränken, liefern die Bezugspunkte zu den zentralen Fragen, die die Künstlerin in ihrem Werk aufwirft. Ihr mediales Spektrum ist dabei breit gefächert und umfasst sowohl Video als auch Skulpturen, Installationen und (Computer-) Grafik.
Für die Bundeskunsthalle entwickelt die Künstlerin eine Ausstellung mit neuen Arbeiten.

Ferdinand Hodler, The Splendour of Lines, detail, c. 1909 © Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Dr. Max Kuhn-Stiftung, photo: Sebastian Stadler

Ferdinand Hodler
Early Modern Artist

8 September 2017 to 28 January 2018

Ferdinand Hodler (1853–1918) is one of the most important 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. The exhibition Ferdinand Hodler and Early Modern Art at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn is the first comprehensive retrospective of the artist to be shown in Germany in almost twenty years.
Presenting a selection of some eighty paintings, the exhibition offers an insight into Hodler’s work on the threshold of Modernism. Hodler’s predilection for ornament, his formal repetitions, strong contour lines and his choice of colour were hailed as novel and original by contemporary critics.
His impressive monumental works with their emphasis on large areas of flat colour and clear outlines met with great interest, particularly in Germany.

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 weather is all around us and inescapable. Nobody can say: ‘I don’t like it and therefore I opt out of it.’ To what extent do climate and weather events influence nature, human civilization and culture? Scientific and statistical climate research as well as our daily dealings with the weather are the subject of this exhibition and its accompanying programme of events. Visitors of the exhibition will encounter weather and climate in a wide range of forms, among them weather forecasts, documents about natural disasters, solar and wind energy, aerodynamics, weather phenomena as theatrical effects, country sayings, floods, colds and the pharmaceutical industry, human and animal clothing, divine anger and ball lightning.
In addition to looking at the weather through the lens of cultural and artistic reception, the exhibition also focuses on the scientific exploration and the history of meteorology as well as on current aspects of global climate change. Despite scientific research and political efforts, the problem remains far from being solved. The exhibition and the accompanying programme of events in Bonn will not only endeavour to shed light on different assumptions of the climate debate through scientific and artistic means, it also sets out to heighten sensitivity and direct attention to the complex and vital system that is our atmosphere.

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


10 November 2017 to 28 January 2018

23. Bundeswettbewerb des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung
Der bisherige Wettbewerb Kunststudentinnen und Kunststudenten stellen aus heißt jetzt Bundespreis für Kunststudierende. Hinter dem neuen Namen steckt eine neue Konzeption. Der Wettbewerb richtet sich an die Studierenden der 24 Kunsthochschulen in Deutschland. Jede Kunsthochschule nominiert dafür zwei Teilnehmer/-innen. Die Auswahl der Preisträger/-innen wird bereits ein halbes Jahr vor der Ausstellung durch eine unabhängige Jury stattfinden, und die Ausstellung wird sich auf deren Arbeiten konzentrieren.
Diese Fokussierung erlaubt es, die Werke der ausgezeichneten Künstler/-innen besser zu würdigen und ihnen mehr Raum zu geben, als dies in der großen Gruppenausstellung der vergangenen Jahre möglich war. Zusätzlich wird die Aufmerksamkeit auf die Preisträger durch eine längere Laufzeit der Ausstellung erhöht. Das Ziel des Wettbewerbs – die Förderung junger Künstler/-innen – wird mit der Neukonzeption gestärkt. Die Ausstellung in der Bundeskunsthalle soll die Preistragenden auf ihrem Weg in die freiberufliche Tätigkeit voranbringen, in dem sie Öffentlichkeit schafft.

Der Bundespreis für Kunststudierende wird vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung gefördert und vom Deutschen Studentenwerk organisiert.

Show bibliography
  1. Johanna von Schönfeld, 2013, Ohrenkuss edition „Superkräfte“ (Superpowers)© Martin Langhorst (www.lichtbilderlanghorst.de)
  2. Johann Adolf Lasinsky, The Rhine near Koblenz-Ehrenbreitstein (Detail), 1828,© LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, Foto: Jürgen VogelJohann Adolf Lasinsky, Der Rhein bei Koblenz Ehrenbreitstein © LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, Foto: Jürgen Vogel
  3. Jochen Viehoff, Pina Bausch dancing a Solo in Danzón (Detail), Photo © Jochen ViehoffJochen Viehoff, Pina Bausch dancing a Solo in Danzón (Detail), Photo © Jochen Viehoff
  4. 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
  5. Albert Bierstadt, Sunlight Through Storm (detail), 1891 Oil on canvas© NordseeMuseum HusumAlbert Bierstadt, Sunlight Through Storm (detail), 1891Oil on canvas © NordseeMuseum Husum
  6. ©Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organization, Foto: KhadifarChoga Zanbil, Khuzestan
  7. 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
  8. Ferdinand Hodler, The Splendour of Lines, detail, c. 1909, oil on canvas© Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Dr. Max Kuhn-Stiftung, photo: Sebastian StadlerFerdinand Hodler, The Splendour of Lines, detail, c. 1909 © Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Dr. Max Kuhn-Stiftung, photo: Sebastian Stadler
  9. Gregor Schneider, Bondi Beach, 21 Beach Cells, Kaldor Art Projects, Bondi Beach, Sydney 2007© Gregor Schneider / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016Gregor Schneider, Bondi Beach, 21 Beach Cells, Kaldor Art Projects, Bondi Beach, Sydney 2007 © Gregor Schneider / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
  10. Mawil, Kinderland, Seite 44 (Ausschnitt), 2016© Mawil / ReproduktMawil, Kinderland, Seite 44, 2016 © Mawil / Reprodukt
  11. 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
  12. Aleksandra Domanovic, Substances of Human Origin, 2015© Aleksandra DomanovicAleksandra Domanovic, Substances of Human Origin, 2015 © Aleksandra Domanovic

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