Genoveva Filipovic Bridge of Sigh – Reopening from 1.6.2021

27.3. – 4.7.2021

We are pleased to welcome you back from tomorrow, June 1, 2021. The exhibition is prolonged until July 4, 2021. On Corpus Christi, Thursday, June 3, the Kunstverein will be open. Please note to the current applicable corona protection measures.

At the time of writing this text, it cannot be assumed that visitors will be able to enter the Kölnischer Kunstverein, Die Brücke, in the near future and that the exhibition Bridge of Sigh will find any audience at all. Genoveva Filipovic’s exhibition will possibly be seen only from outside.

“…If some ill luck forced him to speak, he managed to say only the most ridiculous things. Worse yet, he saw how absurdly he was behaving, and then exaggerated it still further; but what he did not see was the expression in his eyes; they were so beautiful and revealed such a fervent soul that, just as a good actor does, they gave charming significance to words that had none… he never said anything worth saying except when, distracted by some unforeseen event, he wasn’t trying to turn a well-phrased compliment.”
Stendhal, The Red and the Black

I made cactuses and placed them in a row. 
After this work was completed, I changed the facial expression of each cactus so that, I thought, it might elicit a sigh.
When that proved too difficult, I did this: I claimed that I was changing the facial expression of each cactus so that, I thought, it might elicit a sigh. But I inserted smiles instead.

Then I try to imagine how it would be to ‘act out’ this scene.

Very Ralph 
The Artist wants no Erklärungsbrücken

Genoveva Filipovic (*1986 in Frankfurt am Main) lives in New York and currently in Cologne. She studied at the HfG in Offenbach am Main and at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main (until 2013). Her works have recently been shown at Galleria Federico Vavassori in Milan (2019), Kunsthalle Zurich (2019), Goton in Paris (2018), Dead Ends in New York (2016), Vilma Gold in London (2016), and Neue Alte Brücke in Frankfurt am Main (2014).

The exhibition is supported by:

reboot: responsiveness

Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne and Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf jointly announce the launch of reboot: – a collaborative, multi-cycle, anti-racist, and queer-feminist dialogue encompassing performance and research based practices.

The first cycle, reboot: responsiveness, departs from desires, anxieties and hopes amplified by the current pandemic. Hosted in two different yet aligned sites that mutually interact with one another as much as they support, complement and challenge each other, reboot: responsiveness provides infrastructures for provisional stagings, rehearsals, processual choreographies, and encounters around notions of presence, intimacy, care, and responsibility. reboot: responsiveness develops activities together with a core collective comprised of Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Gürsoy Doğtaş, Klara Lidén, Ewa Majewska, Rory Pilgrim, Cally Spooner, and Mariana Valencia. Embracing diverse formats, and working together with further invited guests and audiences in Cologne and Düsseldorf, these artists and thinkers will explore ways to dedicate time to one another and to perform in time, to develop alternative vocabularies, archives, gestures, movements, and translations, to share and transmit resources and ideas, and to find modes of resistance and togetherness in response to the current situation we are living in.

Conceived by Eva Birkenstock, Nikola Dietrich, and Viktor Neumann
Core Collective: Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Gürsoy Doğtaş, Klara Lidén, Ewa Majewska, Rory Pilgrim, Cally Spooner, and Mariana Valencia
Graphic design by Sean Yendrys

Further information and dates:

Current events will be announced here.

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reboot: responsiveness is supported by:

Important information

regarding your exhibition visit and events / pick-up of the member's edition

We are pleased to welcome you back at the Kunstverein as of June 1, 2021.

For your admission to the Kunstverein please be aware of the following rules according to the latest version of the Corona Protection Regulation:

  • Access to the house and the individual exhibition rooms is limited, but the exhibition area is large enough so that we can welcome you at our regular opening hours (Tue – Sun from 11 am – 6 pm) in accordance with the current regulations and in compliance with the applicable hygiene measures. Please note the obligation to wear a medical mask.
  • Proof of a negative Corona test for your exhibition visit or events is not required.

  • Since the number of participants for events is limited due to the current corona restrictions and to ensure traceability, we ask you to register in advance using the online form, which you will find under the respective event on our website.
    The minimum distances between seats must be followed.

For further information and if you have any questions, please contact our staff.

We thank you for your understanding and assistance!

Pickup of the member’s edition

possible again

From Tuesday, 01.06.2021, the pick-up of the member’s edition is again possible during the exhibition opening hours and in compliance with the hygiene measures. A negative test certificate is no longer necessary. For further information please see here: Important information about your visit.

The pickup period for the member’s edition 2020 by Marcel Odenbach is extended until the end of 2021.
The member’s edition 2019 by Candida Höfer is still available until the end of the exhibition by Genoveva Filipovic (04.07.2021).

We ask for your understanding that we do not send the works.

Book Release: (TA)ROT TAROT Dorothy Iannone & Juliette Blightman

We are pleased to present our new publication (TA)ROT TAROT von Dorothy Iannone & Juliette Blightman vorzustellen.

The publication accompanies the exhibition THE KÖLN CONCERT which was on view at the Kölnischer Kunstverein from 31.10.2020 – 7.3.2021, and documents the tarot card works of both artists in a juxtaposition.

Editor: Kölnischer Kunstverein & Vleeshal Center for Contemporary Art
Texts: Nikola Dietrich & Roos Gortzak (Foreword), Michael Glasmeier, Amelia Stein
Design: Wolfe Hall, London
Texts in English and German with 26 b/w and 59 colored illustrations
136 pages, softback, section sewn
Edition of 500
Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, Cologne

€ 38,00 / € 32,00 for members

Order here.