Icaro Zorbar: Verweile doch (ein Abgesang)Kunsthalle Osnabrück„Verweile doch (ein Abgesang)“  [engl. „Stay a while (a swansong)“] will be the first institutional solo exhibition by the Colombian artist Icaro Zorbar in Europe. It will take place at Kunsthalle Osnabrück (Januar 29th – April 2nd, 2017) and is the first exhibition of the co-operation project "Danse Macabre".  Involved in this project are the Theatre Osnabrück, the Felix-Nussbaum-House and the Diözesanmuseum, who will present their productions and exhibitions from February to May 2017. 

Colombian artist Icaro Zorbar transforms old record players, overhead projectors, music boxes, fans and other technical relics into transformative deconstructions and minimalist cosmologies. The visitor, who has just experienced the light-metaphysics of Jan Tichy’s “Installation No. 29, Neues Rathaus” and the sound performance "I hear light" by Ayumi Paul, may be surprised by the complete alteration of the main exhibition space of Kunsthalle Osnabrück.

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Performance by Ayumi Paul
November, 20th 2016, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
January, 8th, 2017, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The violinist Ayumi Paul has been collecting sound at the Kunsthalle since her performance in June 2015. During her 2 full-day performances on November 20th and January 8th, these sounds will be activated as a site specific soundscape, using raw mp3 modules and simple speakers placed along the bench by Michael Beutler. Each sound module becomes a singular object containing one specific sound, interweaving between the live performance, the space and the visitors. The simultaneity of those nonsimultaneous sound events enlarges the perception of time and unfolds relationships between everything, embedded in an infinite process of change.

The work was conceived in close dialogue with Jan Tichy during his preparation of "Installation No.29 (Neues Rathaus)" and both works will be influencing each other in a continuous cycle of new perceptions created by their interplay during the performance. 

The artist thanks Ivo Wessel for his technical advice and support in realizing this project.

„Installation No. 29 (Neues Rathaus)“ by Jan Tichy in the Kunsthalle Osnabrück November, 19th 2016 – January, 8th 2017 Opening of the exhibition: November 18th, 6 p.m. Press briefing: November 17th, 11 a.m.


The exhibition „Neues Rathaus“ (18.11.2016 – 8.1.2017) is Jan Tichy`s first institutional solo exhibition in Germany. Installation no.29, Neues Rathaus (2016) animates the 50 meters long, darkened nave of the former Dominican church with a, four channel synchronized light projection, changing the perception of the gothic space. Curated by Julia Draganovic and Barbara Kaesbohrer, the exhibition presents five bodies of works of the Chicago-based artist. A series of screen-prints “On Decomposition of a Plane (2015)” combined with video works from the “Changing Series (2012-2016)” will be presented in the cloister of the Kunsthalle Osnabrück.

The title of “Installation Nr. 29 (Neues Rathaus)” refers to the one of the stories of Schilda citizens. After having forgotten to build windows in the new town hall, they tried to carry in the sunlight with bags and buckets into the building. The artist inverts the story and asks the “light carriers” to collect the light in the interior space of the former church which is usually illuminated by daylight. During the summer months of 2016 Kunsthalle Osnabrück was inviting visitors to take photos in the sun lit interior of the former church and share them as “#lichttraeger” on social media. The photographic material of the collected light has been edited and projected on the glass entrance doors of the Kunsthalle.

During the time of the exhibition, Osnabrück curator and initiator of „Lichte Momente“ Valérie Schwindt-Kleveman (experimental film workshop e. V., EMAF) has initiated the project “Changing Osnabrück” (2016) based on the concept of  “expanded moment” formulated by Tichy. Young filmmakers are invited to capture and share a two-minute single shot video without moving the camera, resulting in a time based portrait of Osnabrück created by its residents. “Changing Osnabrück”, a premiere of the project in Germany, is a follow up on “Changing Chicago” produced with Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago and “Expanded Moment by PBS.  The videos of “Changing Osnabrück” will be projected on the exterior facade of Felix-Nussbaum-Haus within the framework of “Lichte Momente”.  “Changing Osnabrück” has been coordinated by Monika Witte.

The work “German Nature” (2016) has been produced in collaboration with Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin. The neon sculpture corresponds with light to the online, live signal of sound created as a music-playlist by refugees currently living in Osnabrück and suggesting a presence of new languages in the German space.  The installation will be presented in Berlin within the framework of the exhibition “Weight of Glass” organized by the gallery and following a three months residency. Jan Tichy dealt with the work and educational heritage of László Moholy-Nagy in number of works, including the video “Things To Come 1936-2012” that has been recently presented in the accompanying programing of the László Moholy-Nagy retrospective in the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Galerie Kornfeld invited Tichy to consider the Berlin perspective during 2016 residency. “Weight of Glass” draws a line between the Bauhausers leaving in the 1930’s and the newcomers of the last years.

Born in Prague in 1974, Jan Tichy studied art in Israel and received his Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he is currently Assistant Professor at the Departments of Photography and Art Technology Studies.

Important solo exhibitions: MCA Chicago, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, CCA Tel Aviv.

Works of Jan Tichy are represented in renowned museum collections, including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Magasin Stockholm Konsthall, Indianapolis Museum of Art. The artist is involved in number of public projects in the USA, one of them being “Expanded Moment” which provides the basis for the concept of “Changing Osnabrück”.

Sponsors (Kunsthalle Osnabrück): The annual program of the Kunsthalle is realised in cooperation with Freunde der Kunsthalle Osnabrück e. V. and sponsored by the Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur des Landes Niedersachsen. The exhibition of Jan Tichy has received funding from the Artis Grant Program (www.artiscontemporary.org). For this project Freunde der Kunsthalle e.V.  received a financial support from COLLEGIUM Vermögensverwaltungs AG.



Kunsthalle Osnabrück
David Rauer & Joshua Sassmannshausen: Forma Forma
17th July – 30th October 2016

Interior Architecture of Exterior Architecture of Interior Architecture

“Forma Forma“ is maybe the longest version of a threshold that has ever been built, maybe it is the most supernatural way to tunnel under a church interior, a transformer into a finely spun texture, a kind of reinterpretation of orientation loss experienced by people as a route measuring 260 meters. Artists David Rauer and Joshua Sassmannshausen gracefully manipulate space and perception to extend the distance between main entrance and side exit to 20 times its original length in such a way that any visitor who attempts to reach the side exit once again ends up at the main entrance.  The artists employ plywood boards to create a detailed labyrinth that fills up the entire hall, providing abundant twisting paths on which the visitor can travel to entirely new thought dimensions and experiences through exploration of diverse nooks, crannies, corners, spy holes, and caves.  A 10-meter long sky house extends above the wandering paths of the labyrinth, decorated with sculptures and a thickly protruding entrance, and inside the choir room the visitor is greeted by creatively placed Styrofoam mats.



Performance: June 4-5th 2016
Exhibition and Workshops: June 7-19
th 2016
The New York based performance artist Ernesto Pujol has developed a new, site-specific, community-centered performance for the Kunsthalle Osnabrück: “Systems of Weight”. Through the communal experience of silent walking, this social choreographer attempts to make the lightness and heaviness of both the past and things passed more immediate and experienceable. Pujol disposes of international experience in collaborative, artistic practices and works with experts from a wide variety of disciplines. After four years of living as a silent monk, Pujol left the church and worked as a social worker while simultaneously attending art school. 
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Two swings float through the former nave of the Kunsthalle. A nest of cotton, shadowplay of a corkscrew hazel, bird calls and a performance artist in plumage who is drawing with tobacco: the exhibition “You are Splendid!” is the outcome of a research project lasting more than two years that the Columbian artist Maria José Arjona has dedicated to the world of birds in her Latin American home and that will keep changing until the end of the exhibition in March.

Arjona’s observations of migratory birds began in New York, the most northerly point of the hemisphere in which the artist from the equatorial region has ever lived.

Osnabrück is devoting the first ever solo museum exhibition in Europe to the performance Artist!
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