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Bettina Pousttchi
The Curve

4 June 2022 to 24 October 2023

The artist Bettina Pousttchi realizes the 35-meter-long and 4-meter-high sculptural work The Curve on the flat roof. In doing so, she responds to the architecture of the building by Gustav Peichl and his understanding of the roof as a „fifth facade“ and as „another exhibition space“. Placed in the northwest corner, the sculpture nestles dynamically into the surrounding space in the form of an accessible steep curve. Markings, similar to those on a roadway, lead visitors toward the object and connect it associatively with the urban context of the street and the urban space. With The Curve, the artist also makes reference to the legendary test track for cars that the Fiat Group built on the roof of its factory in the Lingotto district of Turin, which opened in 1923. In its time, it stood for acceleration, movement and progress, and thus also decisively for the utopia of modernity. Pousttchi‘s construction-typological transformation of a car curve into a bicycle curve gives rise to a sculpture that offers visitors an open stage for movement and encounter and makes The Curve an artistic statement for a fluid society. Thus, the exclusively walk-in large-scale sculpture is also a reflection on fluid change, participation and sustainability and blurs the boundaries of reality and artistic fiction.
The artistic focus of Bettina Pousttchi‘s work is always on the examination of structures of public space and, in addition to sculpture and photography, also includes site-specific interventions with the means of photography on the scale of architecture. For example, Echo, 2009, was a monumental photo installation on the entire façade of the Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin that referenced the Palace of the Republic. With The Curve, the artist also realizes for the first time a sculpture on the scale of architecture that invites visitors to interact and participate.

Usage is at your own risk.
The Curve is for pedestrian use only!
Please do not climb or use skates, skateboards, roller skates, bikes and the like.

Simone de Beauvoir
and 'The Second Sex'

4 March to 16 October 2022

Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) is one of the most important intellectuals of the 20th century and celebrated as an icon of the women’s movement. In 1949, the writer and philosopher published Le deuxième sexe (Engl: The Second Sex), a study in which she examined the situation of women in the Western world. Her brilliant analysis, the treatment of taboo subjects such as sexual initiation, lesbian love or abortion unleashed a wave of criticism and hostility at the time. It was not until later that the study was recognised as the foundational text of women’s and gender studies and as a standard feminist work.
With Le deuxième sexe, our exhibition is devoted to what is probably Simone de Beauvoir’s most famous work. Since the emancipation of women across the globe remains far from achieved, the book has lost none of its relevance. The exhibition traces the genesis of the work in post-war Paris, when the philosophy of existentialism set new standards, and explores the significance and reception of this ‘bible of feminism’ within the women’s movement.
Literary and journalistic documents, interviews and films allow the writer’s most important companions such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Alice Schwarzer to have their say and shed light on Simone de Beauvoir’s thinking and her understanding of the free and independent life.

'Identity not Proven'
New acquisitions in the federal collection

7 May to 3 October 2022

Identity not Proven presents a selection of works that have been purchased for the collection of the Federal Republic of Germany by an honorary expert commission over a five-year period (2017–2021). The display will be complemented this year by purchases made by another acquisition commission with funds from NEUSTART KULTUR. The curatorial team hopes that the mixture of the two sets of acquisitions will not only prove topical and relevant but also offer a representative cross-section of contemporary art, including some very recent works. The dialogic concept of the exhibition is based on themes such as contemporary political and social relevance, postcolonial discourse, the constructs and construction of history, urbanity as well as individual or collective identities. The exhibition illustrates how historical and current developments, collective habits of seeing or questioning images translate into contemporary art. Ranging from large-scale installations to drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, video works, the selection bears witness to the wealth of media and techniques that distinguish contemporary artistic practice.

Contemporary Art Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany
Acquisitions from 2017 to 2021 and Acquisitions NEUSTART KULTUR from 2020 to 2021

Color as program

8 April to 7 August 2022

The exhibition deals with the theme of color as a programmatic tool. It brings together works and objects from the realms of art and cultural history spanning more than a hundred years. With the advent of Modernism, color itself became an autonomous medium of art and design. As a result, the use of color as a material has changed dramatically. In the wake of the fastpaced development of digital technologies in recent years, our perception of color and our understanding of the role of art have been shaped by increasingly intense chromatic experiences. The powerful impact of color touches all disciplines, not only aesthetically, but also politically and economically. By the same token, its commercial use in Capitalist societies has increased exponentially.
The central theme of Color as program is the artistic preoccupation with the affective and representative power of color. More than ever before, the meaning of color has become a complex construct of social conventions. The visual arts play a central role in the exhibition – not least because of their capacity to open up abstract spaces of thought.
The tour through the exhibition and its associative approach are integral to the overarching concept, which is further enhanced by the expansive site-specific architecture developed for the large central gallery by the artist and co-curator Liam Gillick.

Color as program is the first exhibition to be developed by the gallery’s entire curatorial team and thus brings together a wide range of different research interests and specialisms.

The Brain
In Art & Science

28 January to 26 June 2022

The brain is one of the last great mysteries of the human body. What is it that we have inside our heads, and how do we envision mental processes? Is ourself something other than our body, and how do we make sense of the world around us? What will the brain of the future look like? Will we become computer-aided cyborgs? It takes the cooperation of many disciplines to tackle these questions.
Brain research is constantly delivering new insights, but it also continues to face many unresolved questions. Art can give us the freedom and the detachment to consider thinking and feeling, consciousness and perception, memory and dream. In this exhibition, associatively linked works from the realms of art and cultural history are presented side by side with cutting-edge scientific research in order to explore and better understand the unknown territory that is the human brain.
An inclusive guidance system takes visitors through the exhibition. In addition, an accompanying virtual exhibition was developed to run on the internet parallel to the ‘analogue’ exhibition in the Bundeskunsthalle. The two exhibitions are linked through several augmented reality experiences in the Bundeskunsthalle. The virtual exhibition was made possible by the NEUSTART KULTUR programme of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.