Pina Bausch
and the Tanztheater

4 March to 24 July 2016

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 at the Art and Exhibition Hall 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 Art and Exhibition Hall 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.

The Bauhaus
It's All Design

1 April to 14 August 2016

The Bauhaus was one of the most influential cultural institutions of the twentieth century. Like a melting pot, it brought together the formative trends of the European avant-garde. It has acquired near-mythical status as the cradle of international modernism, but it also became the epitome of the modern design cliché: geometric, industrial cool. The exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum is the first to offer a comprehensive survey of the Bauhaus concept of design. Presenting a large number of rarely shown objects from the realms of design, architecture, art, film and photography, it documents the development processes and social ideas that informed them. At the same time, it juxtaposes the Bauhaus idea with current design developments, for example the digital revolution, and works by numerous contemporary designers and artists. This contemporary perspective reveals new facets of the Bauhaus and highlights its undiminished relevance. Among the designers and artists presented are Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Lyonel Feininger, Joseph Grima, Walter Gropius, Enzo Mari, Olaf Nicolai, Open Desk, Adrian Sauer, Oskar Schlemmer and many others.

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, and the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein

The Landscaped Gardens
of Prince Pückler

14 May to 18 September 2016

The gardens and parks of Europe have always been places pleisurable outdoor pursuits. As complex gesamtkunstwerks, they mark the interface between nature and culture. Their design reflects the aesthetic, intellectual, and political concerns of their time. Hermann Prince Pückler-Muskau (1785–1871) wholeheartedly embraced this view of garden design. The eccentric aristocrat, traveller and man of letters is now being rediscovered as an outstanding landscape gardener. Planted in the English style, his parks in Bad Muskau, Babelsberg and Branitz are among the finest examples of nineteenth-century garden design in Europe. The three parks are at the heart of the exhibition that traces the life and work of Prince Pückler. Complementing the exhibition, the roof terrace of the Bundeskunsthalle will be planted with a lush garden based on Prince Pückler’s ideas and horticultural principles.

An exhibition of the Bundeskunsthalle in cooperation with the Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg, the Stiftung Fürst-Pückler-Museum Park und Schloss Branitz, the Stiftung ‚Fürst-Pückler-Park Bad Muskau‘ and the National Heritage Board of Poland

Garden on the Roof of the Bundeskunsthalle

Juergen Teller
Enjoy Your Life!

10 June to 25 September 2016

Juergen Teller is one of the world’s most sought-after photographers. His images are situated at the interface of art and advertising, and 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 that foreground the idea of imperfect beauty. Teller deliberately distances himself from the glamour of fashion and people photography. In his shoots for well-known fashion designers he places supermodels, pop stars and other celebrities in unexpected and often disturbing contexts, thus lifting them out of established visual codes and preconceived expectations. Other works are more autobiographical. These subjective documentations bear witness to the photographer’s engagement with his youth and his origins and upbringing. They are direct, truthful, occasionally humorous and always touching. Equally unsparing is the way he presents himself in staged yet strangely candid warts-and-all images. Teller examines the means of photography, the impact of the medium and its role as a mirror of society. 

Johann Adolf Lasinsky, Der Rhein bei Koblenz Ehrenbreitstein © LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, Foto: Jürgen Vogel

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. Since Roman times the Rhine has served as gateway, stronghold, border, bridge and ford. 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, Germany, France and the Netherlands.
Following the course of the Rhine over 1000 kilometres, 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, from the Roman period, the building of the great Gothic cathedrals, Rhine romanticism, the Bonn Republic to the reconstruction of the port of Rotterdam as global hub and gateway to the world.

An Exhibition with and about People with Down’s Syndrome

29 October 2016 to 12 February 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, genetics, medicine, sociology, literature, film, theatre 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

Gregor Schneider, TOTES HAUS u r, Deutscher Pavillon, 49. Biennale Venedig, Italien 2001, © Gregor Schneider/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016

Gregor Schneider
Wall before Wall

2 December 2016 to 19 February 2017 in Bonn

Gregor Schneider, born in1969, 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. Fitting of compressed adapter sleeve in two tube elements, 1935Photographer unknown, Collection Alexander von Vegesack, Domaine de Boisbuchet, FranceFitting of compressed adapter sleeve in two tube elements, 1935, Photographer unknown, Collection Alexander von Vegesack, Domaine de Boisbuchet, France
  3. Gregor Schneider, TOTES HAUS u r, Deutscher Pavillon, 49. Biennale Venedig, Italien 2001© Gregor Schneider/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016Gregor Schneider, TOTES HAUS u r, Deutscher Pavillon, 49. Biennale Venedig, Italien 2001, © Gregor Schneider/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
  4. Johann Adolf Lasinsky, Der Rhein bei Koblenz Ehrenbreitstein© LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, Foto: Jürgen VogelJohann Adolf Lasinsky, Der Rhein bei Koblenz Ehrenbreitstein © LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, Foto: Jürgen Vogel
  5. Jochen Viehoff, Pina Bausch tanzt ein Solo in Danzón (Ausschnitt), Fotografie © Jochen Viehoff© Jochen ViehoffJochen Viehoff, Pina Bausch tanzt ein Solo in Danzón (Ausschnitt), Fotografie © Jochen Viehoff

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