2017

 
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Maria Hassabi
STAGING: Solo #2

9 December 2017 – 21 January 2018
K20 Grabbeplatz

The compelling performances and live installations of the New York based artist and choreographer Maria Hassabi (born in Cyprus in 1973) are austerely composed choreographies which involve the unfolding of decelerated movement in space. Her works, which have been featured internationally in museums, at festivals, in galleries, in theaters and public spaces, explore the intricate relationship between body and image, using extended duration and precise micro-movements to develop a radical sculptural corporeality. Here, the transitions between the slowly enacted movements of the dancers, and the time intervals that separate moments of prolonged stillness, emerge as the actual space of experience.


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Otto Dix – The Evil Eye

11 February – 28 May 2017 (extended)
K20 Grabbeplatz

Otto Dix (1891 - 1969) – the celebrated painter and notorious enfant terrible – spent the intensively creative years 1922 - 1925 in Düsseldorf. During this period, as a member of the revolutionary artist’s group Das Junge Rheinland (Young Rhineland), he developed the critical handwriting that made him an unmistakable figure within 20th century art.

The exhibition Otto Dix – The Evil Eye is devoted to this decisive phase of his career. On view will be approximately 200 paintings, watercolors, and prints from German and international collections.


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Marcel Broodthaers.
A retrospective

04 March – 11 June 2017
K21 Ständehaus

Marcel Broodthaers. A Retrospective presents a major overview of the multifaceted oeuvre of the Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers (1924 –1976), who formulated an idiosyncratic artistic position within the milieu of Pop, Minimalism, and Conceptual Art. When he was 40 years old, Broodthaers turned from poetry toward visual arts, and soon received acclaim within Europe's avant-garde scene for his displays and cinematographic works, with their stringent criticism of institutions.


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Installation view, photo: Achim Kukulies

Leunora Salihu
Gravity on a journey

31 March – 24 September 2017 (extended)
K21 Ständehaus, Bel Etage

Although Leunora Salihu’s sculptures have an austere composition, they are light and permeable. The artist creates her works from a multitude of materials, like clay, plaster, metal, and multiplex boards, playing with their contrasting characteristics to assemble new, extraordinary combinations.

Their titles – like Trichter, Tunnel, or Treppe (Funnel, Tunnel or Staircase) – hint at a possible technical or functional origin. On closer inspection, however, all apparent usefulness disappears. The sculpture Propeller is a prime example of this. Its structure of stacked MDF boards and a fragile ceramic core refers to the rotating movement of a propeller. On another level, the sculpture also deals with many  purely artistic issues, like the relationship between difference and repetition, three-dimensional forms, gravity, and dynamics.

Leunora Salihu was born in 1977 in Prishtina (Kosovo).

 
Wael Shawky, Cabaret Crusades, The Secrets of Karbalaa, 2014, installation view, photo: Achim Kukulies, © Wael Shawky

real sets / fictional sets
Videos and Photographs

Selected Works from the Permanent Collection

02 August – 08 October, 2017
K21 Ständehaus

In the basement level of the K21, real sets / fictional sets features videos and photographs from the permanent collection that take the stage/film set as the point of departure for the most diverse scenarized spatial arrangements, an approach that offers fields of play for a variety of scenes, plots, and narratives. On view will be works by Bruce Nauman, William Kentridge, Rosemarie Trockel, Richard T. Walker, Heimo Zobernig, and Wael Shawky, supplemented by a selection of photographs by Candida Höfer.


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Rupture, War and Surrealism
in Egypt (1938 – 1948)

15 July – 15 October 2017
K20 Grabbeplatz

This is the first comprehensive museum exhibition about the largely forgotten Cairo based group Art et Liberté ("art and liberty", "jama’at al-fann wa al-hurriyyah"). The exhibition presents more than 200 works from around 50 collections in 12 different countries, including paintings, works on paper, prints, photographs, films, books, and archival documents. At the dawn of World War II and during Egypt's colonial rule by the British Empire the surrealist collective of artists and writers was engaged in its defiance of Fascism, Nationalism and Colonialism.


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