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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Exhibition view, Mark Wallinger, Ecce Homo, 1999, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem © Mark Wallinger

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 facsimile of a copy 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, Bondi Beach, 21 Beach Cells, Kaldor Art Projects, Bondi Beach, Sydney 2007 © Gregor Schneider / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016

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 his childhood 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.

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. 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

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