The curatorial concept of the Kunsthalle Osnabrück is to create metaphors of temporary community formation. The current installation, designed by Felice Varini for the market square in Osnabrück and for the Kunsthalle, fits into the series of projects in which artists perform together with the audience new community experiences.
It began in 2014/15 with Michael Beutler, who transformed the Kunsthalle into a space for community experiences by installing a circulating seat with 150 barrel lengths in the former church room. The curatorial concept was continued with performative and time-based exhibition projects by IRWIN, Maria José Arjona, Ernesto Pujol and Jan Tichy in the years 2015/2016.
Varini applied adhesive tape to the façades of the houses located on the market square, a simple yet very complex geometric figure. The project is being developed in cooperation with the municipal department of culture, the municipalities of the Evangelical Church of St. Mary and Osnabrück St. Peter's Cathedral.
The installation on the historic market square, the Christian center of the Friedensstadt, will be opened together with the double installation in the Kunsthalle on Tuesday, June 6th - in the opening week of the Skulpturprojekte Münster and the documenta 14 in Kassel. Dr. Julia Draganović and Valérie Schwindt-Kleveman curate the project in the city center together.
Felice Varini has created a double composition for the Kunsthalle Osnabrück, which raises questions about community education in the former monastic assembly room. However, possible answers are not postulated but reflected. The changing position of the viewer plays an important role in this geometric composition: What does "central perspective" mean? Are geometrical forms capable of shifting social meanings? How does "common sense" work? Jan Tichy had shaped the concept of "social formalism" in December, thus bringing the curatorial concept of Julia Draganovic to the point. Varini continues this legacy of "Concrete Discourse" in Osnabrück.
Felice Varini was born in Locarno, Switzerland, in 1952 and lives and works in Paris. He has produced several interventions in public spaces and numerous installations at museums in Europe and the USA. In 2016 the MAMO presented a large single exhibition of his works in the building designed by Le Corbusier.
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Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin (TR), Halil Altindere (TR), Zehra Arslan (DE / TR / IL), Jakob und Manila Bartnik (PH/PL), Cana Bilir-Meier (AUT / TR), Burçak Bingöl, (TR), Hera Büyüktasçiyan (TR), Aissa Deebi, Ahmet Elhan (TR), Köken Ergun,(TR), Petra Fiebig (DE), Jeanno Gaussi (AFN / DE), Jakob Gautel (DE), Aikaterini Gegisian (GR), Ghazel (IRN / FR), JR (FR), Jun-Ichiro Ishii (JP), Pravdoliub Ivanov (BG), Birgit Johnsen and Hanne Nielsen (DK), Ahmet Kavas (TR), Katerina Kuznetcowa (RU) und Alexander Edisherov (GEO), Reysi Kamhi (TR/IL) Stefan Tchernboc (DE), Kalliopi Lemos (GR), Ali Mirhabi (TR), Boris Mikhailov (UA), Eleni Mylonas (GR / USA), Felix Nussbaum (DE), Maria Otte (DE), Julie Roch-Cuerrier (CA), Margit Rusert und Christine Vennemann (DE), Hiltrud Schäfer (DE), Joanna Schulte (DE), Soheila Sokhanvari (IRN / UK), Veit Stratmann (FR /DE), Panos Tsagaris (GR), Stefanos Tsivopoulos (GR), Viron Erol Vert (DE / TR), Roberto Voorbij (NL)
Curated by Christian Oxenius
in cooperation with CABININ - Çanakkale Biennial Initiative
40 Artists, 4 venues, 17 countries in dialogue over the theme "Homeland". Originally conceived as a parallel event to the 5th Çanakkale Biennial, the city of Osnabrück invites to the two-monthly "Çanakkale Art Walk 2017: Homeland". The groupshow, curated by Christian Oxenius in cooperation with CABININ - Çanakkale Biennale Initiative. Four contemporary art institutions will come together for the common opening of the exhibition: Kunsthalle Osnabrück, the Museumsquartier (Felix-Nussbaum-Haus/ Kulturgeschichtliches Museum), the Bund Bildender Künstler Osnabrück (BBK) and the Gesellschaft für zeitgenössische Kunst e.V.The opening of Çanakkale Art Walk 2017: Homeland will be held officially on June 6th at the Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Hasemauer 1, at 6 pm from which guests will be guided to the other venues.
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.
More information: www.dansemacabre-osnabrueck.de
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.
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.
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.
Performance: June 4-5th 2016
Exhibition and Workshops: June 7-19th 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.
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!
IRWIN, Dreams and Conflicts, 2003. Foto: Igor Andjelič.