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Japan's love for impressionism
from Monet to Renoir

8 October 2015 to 21 February 2016

At the end of the nineteenth century Japanese collectors began to put together Impressionist collections of outstanding quality. This development began with the industrialist Kojiro Matsukata, who was a close friend of Claude Monet. Today there are several distinguished collections that are shown in renowned public and private museums. A selection of exquisite of some 100 works from these Japanese museums now returns exclusively to Europe.
At the heart of the exhibition are masterpieces by French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists, among them Monet, Manet, Cézanne, Gauguin, Bonnard, Pissarro, Renoir, Signac, Sisley and van Gogh. The exhibition sets out to present these works in Europe, where they have not been seen since they went to Japan. The paintings are complemented by a selection of works by Japanese artists from the period before 1920 that laid the foundation for modern, Western-inspired Japanese art. Together, they tell the story of the interaction and two-way artistic influence between Europe and Japan from a new perspective.

Hanne Darboven
Zeitgeschichten (Time Histories)

11 September 2015 to 17 January 2016

A keen observer of the political events of her time and attuned to the history and development of our culture and society, Hanne Darboven (1941–2009) created a substantial body of works that can be read as comments on current events, but also as an homage to great poets, philosophers, scientists, politicians and artists. The correlation of art and politics and the combination of different disciplines – literature, fine arts, film and music – delineate the thematic range of her work which embraces remembrance and the chronicling of contemporary history. Her serial works continue to set a high aesthetic standard. Presented in Bonn and Munich, the retrospective sheds light on the astonishing breadth of the artist’s distinctive serial works and objects. Material from Hanne Darboven’s spacious studio-cum-residence, which resembled an encyclopaedic archive of things and artefacts, illustrates the artist’s complex creative practice and intellectual world.
A cooperation of the Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, and the Haus der Kunst, Munich with the Hanne Darboven Foundation, Hamburg.

BundeskunstHALL OF FAME
Graffiti & Street Art Festival

20. bis 6. Dezember 2015 (verlängert)

Echte Graffiti auf Museumswänden und Street Art im Ausstellungsraum – ein Widerspruch? Wir probieren es aus. In der Betonwand- und Straßenkulisse der nun beendeten Karl-Lagerfeld-Ausstellung eröffnet vorübergehend die größte Indoor-Hall-of-Fame Deutschlands: die BundeskunstHALL OF FAME!
Das Graffiti & Street Art Festival lässt internationale Szenegrößen und Newcomer in der verlassenen Ausstellungsarchitektur im Sinne einer Jam-Session gemeinsam arbeiten und die Räume über einen Zeitraum von zehn Tagen neu gestalten. Der Fokus liegt dabei auf Street Art und Graffiti – zwei differenzierte Richtungen der Urban Art, die auch zu den ursprünglichsten gehören.

Artists against Aids

Ausstellung und Kunstauktion für die Deutsche AIDS-Stiftung
Ausstellung in der Ostgalerie: 11. bis 25. November 2015
Eröffnung: Dienstag, 10. November 2015, 19 Uhr
Auktion: Mittwoch, 25. November 2015, 19 Uhr

Ausgewählte zeitgenössische Kunst kommt am 25. November in der Bundeskunsthalle unter den Hammer. Etwa 50 Arbeiten wird Professor Henrik Hanstein vom Kunsthaus Lempertz, Köln an diesem Tag in Bonn versteigern. Alle Kunstwerke sind Spenden der Künstler und Galerien, die von Kurator Daniel Hug, Direktor der ART COLOGNE, zu „Artists against Aids“ eingeladen wurden. Die Arbeiten können vorbesichtigt werden: sie sind ab dem 11. November für zwei Wochen in einer Ausstellung in der Ostgalerie der Bundeskunsthalle zu sehen. Den Erlös aus der Auktion gibt die Deutsche AIDS-Stiftung an HIV-infizierte und aidskranke Menschen weiter, die die Hilfe der Stiftung dringend brauchen. Schirmherrin von „Artists against Aids“ ist Hannelore Elsner.

Petrit Halilaj
She, fully turning around, became terrestrial

6 March to 18 October 2015

Petrit Halilaj (b. 1986) is an artist whose work is concerned with tracing history and biography. The artist quotes images from his personal recollections and draws on them in his work, translating them into the changed reality of the present day and, with it, into a new context and a new ‘guise’ – which often involves considerable magnification. Halilaj pursues this investigation of the past not just on his own behalf. In many of his installations he reviews and dramatises his own biography that has been profoundly marked by the Kosovo War (1998–1999), turning it into an universal example for the quest for identity, for keeping memory alive and for a closer examination of the idea of home – especially in the ever-recurring story of its loss.
To visualise this sustained engagement, the artist tends to use simple materials such as earth, straw, wood, concrete, stones or the rubble of his destroyed family home. But he also incorporates archival material he has managed to find, for example records from the destroyed Natural History Museum in Pristina, Kosovo.

Trouble in Paradise

24 April to 11 October 2015

14 contemporary artists investigate the subjects of ‘garden’ and ‘nature’ and explore the dichotomy between nature and art as well as that between naturalness and artificiality. The garden symbolises the cultivation and control of nature, the taming of rank growth and the urban longing for a neatly landscaped idyll. Since the twentieth century green spaces have been a central element of modern town planning – be that in the form of botanic gardens, public parks and recreation areas of various sizes or as private gardens. The project transforms the roof of the Bundeskunsthalle into a heterogeneous landscape that combines artist-designed site specific (garden) spaces with extant works.

Artists: Michael Beutler, Vajiko Chachkhiani, Thea Djordjadze, Petrit Halilaj, Maria Loboda, Christian Philipp Müller, Olaf Nicolai, Tobias Rehberger, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Michael Sailstorfer, Tino Sehgal, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Alvaro Urbano, Ina Weber

Karl Lagerfeld. Modemethode

28 March to 13 September 2015

Karl Lagerfeld is one of the world’s most renowned fashion designers and widely celebrated as an icon of the zeitgeist. Karl Lagerfeld. Modemethode at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany is the first comprehensive exhibition to explore the fashion cosmos of this exceptional designer and, with it, to present an important chapter of the fashion history of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Karl Lagerfeld is known for injecting classic shapes with new life and for taking fashion into new directions. For the past sixty years, from 1955 to today, Lagerfeld’s creations have consistently demonstrated his extraordinary feel for the ‘now’ – whether haute couture and prêt-à-porter for the luxury houses such as Balmain, Patou, Fendi, Chloé, Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel, or his more affordable collection for Swedish fashion retailer H&M.
Karl Lagerfeld is celebrated as a fashion genius not only for continuously revitalising classics like the Chanel suit, but also for endlessly reinventing himself. ‘Modemethode’, Lagerfeld’s ‘fashion method’, is his ambitious, all-encompassing approach: from the initial sketch to the finished garment, from the accessories, the architectural setting and music of the fashion shows, to the photographs and graphic design of press material, advertising, catalogues and window displays – every last little detail is devised by the designer himself.


25. August bis 6. September 2015

Ausstellung zur Kampagne VorBILDER
Sport und Politik vereint gegen Rechtsextremismus
22 Politiker- und Sportler-Paare positionieren sich gegen Rechtsextremismus und Diskriminierung und treten ein für Fairplay, Demokratie und Menschenwürde. Die eindrucksvollen Schwarz-Weiß-Porträts von Angelika und Bernd Kohlmeier sind im Rahmen intensiver Gespräche an mitunter ungewöhnlichen Orten entstanden. Alle Mitwirkenden, darunter Bundespräsident Gauck und Bundestrainer Joachim Löw, sind VorBILDER, die über Sport und Politik hinaus alle ermutigen möchten, Diskriminierung und Ausgrenzung die rote Karte zu zeigen. Die Fotoausstellung, die vom Bundesministerium des Innern in Auftrag gegeben wurde, ist bundesweit zu sehen.

Il Divino
Homage to Michelangelo

Raphael · Caravaggio · Rubens · Rodin · Cézanne · Struth
6 February to 25 May 2015

Often referred to as Il Divino by his contemporaries, Michelangelo was a legend in his own lifetime. To this day, his work is admired, imitated and reinterpreted by artists all over the world. The enduring influence of his oeuvre over the past 500 years is primarily due to his masterful depiction of the human body. Michelangelo created a repertoire of expressive poses that remains a benchmark of art history.
The exhibition explores the enormous influence Michelangelo had and continues to have on European artists from the Renaissance to the present. At the heart of the presentation are not the works by Michelangelo himself but paintings and sculptures by important artists, among them Rubens,Caravaggio, Raphael, Delacroix, Rodin, Cézanne, Giambologna, Mapplethorpe, Lüpertz and Struth, who entered in a creative dialogue with the great Florentine artist’s work. Ranging from emulation and homage to conceptual engagement and critical refutation, many of the interpretations of Michelangelo’s art respond to his celebrated masterpieces – the sculpture of David in Florence or the ceiling frescoes in the Vatican – which are presented in the exhibition in the form of plaster casts, copies and photographs.
Sculptures, paintings, prints and drawings by some of the leading artists of the past 500 years, right up to the present day, bear witness to Michelangelo’s undiminished relevance.

Art Students Display Their Works

17 April to 17 May 2015

Every two years the twenty-four art academies in Germany take part in the federal competition Art Students Display Their Works. Each institution nominates two of their most promising students for a chance to win the much coveted cash prizes. The competition aims to foster and promote young artists, to give them an opportunity to show their work outside the academy circuit and to prove themselves in the real world of the art trade. For many of the contestants the exhibition at the Art and Exhibition Hall is the first time their work is seen in a museum context and judged by professional art critics. The exhibition provides a representative survey of art education in Germany and offers a uniquely comprehensive insight into the positions staked out by the up-and-coming generation of young artists. The competition is sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research and organised by the German National Association for Student Affairs.