Katharina Hohmann: Inventur (Inventory)

"Etat des effets mobiliers provenant du Couvent des Dominicains à Osnabrük.", Niedersächsisches Landesarchiv - Standort Osnabrück, Rep 240 Nr. 177, Bd. 1, 1810. Foto: Niedersächsisches Landesarchiv. Grafik: Carsten Wittig.


February 10 to April 7, 2019

Katharina Hohmann spent more than a year gradually laying bare the historical layers of the former Dominican monastery, which today is the home of the Kunsthalle Osnabruck. The diverse historical changes of the place serve the artist as a source of inspiration for her artistic approach via different media to create the solo show “Inventur”.

For the duration of the exhibition, Katharina Hohmann fundamentally transforms the Kunsthalle Osnabruck. It begins with the relocation of the entrance of the building to that ancient door, which probably was the original portal of the monastery. From the outside this new entrance is almost hidden by scaffolding, a fact that might cause irritation: Is the building in process of renovation? Is it closed due to inventory? Stepping through the scaffolding and crossing the threshold into the exhibition space is worthwhile: standing directly in the nave of the former church and confronted with the astonishing dimensions of the space, Katharina Hohmann's installations unfold in front of the visitor - a "fictitious construction site" filled with history and stories.

Visitors are invited to borrow a portable media player with headphones in order to walk through the exhibition, accompanied by various voices telling different stories, and embark on a voyage of discovery through time and space with a selection of documents, lists and stories from the Dominican monastery. These stories create what we call history and they often seem to be highly effective: There is the story about a persecuted man, who finds refuge in the monastery and whose restitution is demanded by the urban judiciary. The story about the abuse of a woman, the one about food supplies and their distribution, stories about deaths and births or the rights of use of land.

Katharina Hohmann examines both the religious functions of the Dominican monastery and the associated church as well as the developments after its dissolution by Napoleonic troops in 1803. The multiple uses as a military hospital, not only at the time of the French takeover but also in the 12th century, the use as granary, as a warehouse, as a magazine are in the center of the artist’s research.

All in all, the exhibition is as complex and rich in detail as the history that this place has seen.  It invites the visitors to linger, to listen, to look closely and to discover and marvel - from February 10 to April 7, 2019 in the Kunsthalle Osnabruck.

Katharina Hohmann was born in Switzerland and grew up in Italy. After graduating in Fine Arts at the UDK Berlin she taught at various German and European art schools. She was involved in founding two international Master of Fine Arts programs: public art and new artistic strategies (Bauhaus University Weimar, 2001) and Work.Master (HEAD-Geneve, 2008). She now lives in Berlin and Geneva, where she has been teaching sculpture "Art et Espaces" at the Haute école d'art et design HEAD - Genève since 2007. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally in museums, galleries, art institutions and in public spaces.

„Katharina Hohmann: Inventur“ was organized in cooperation with the Freunde der Kunsthalle Osnabrück e. V., the Diözesanmuseum und Domschatzkammer Osnabrück and the Niedersächsisches Landesarchiv – Standort Osnabrück. It is funded by the FROMM Stiftung - Institut für kulturelle Leitformen, Niedersächsische Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur and Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.

opening times

Tuesday: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. 

Wednesday-Friday: 11 a.m. - 6p.m. 

on the second Thursday of the

month: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. 

Saturday / Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Kunsthalle Osnabrück

Hasemauer 1

49074 Osnabrück