Guilty Curtain is a site-specific installation made for the historical space of the Kölnischer Kunstverein. Inside the long transparent exhibition hall, a group show will take the form of a glass house. The artworks on display all rely on surrealistic notions like covering and/or replacing. These gestures, performed by artists on various objects and materials, do not end at a cul de sac. The wrapping of a toaster oven in sheep’s wool uncovers an entangled relationship – instead of the sheep being placed in the oven, the oven is devoured by the sheep. This mixture of material, words and categories alludes to a symbiotic relationship between the body and the object. While the modernist attempt to dissolve separations between inside and outside only ended up emphasizing the divide, what is disclosed through the collection of all these bodily objects undermines the architectural structure of the Kunstverein itself; as one will experience space, in this particular glass house nature is no longer an exterior.
The extensive group exhibition and event series brings together artists mainly from Israel with others from Poland, Germany, and the USA. In close cooperation with the Israeli artist and curator Naama Arad, a local and active art scene, which has formed mainly in Tel Aviv, will be presented at the Kölnischer Kunstverein in Cologne.
Curated by Naama Arad and Nikola Dietrich
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From Saturday, 21.08.2021, the pick-up of the member’s edition is again possible during the exhibition opening hours and in compliance with the hygiene measures. 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.
We ask for your understanding that we do not send the works. If it is not possible to pick up in person, the association gift can be picked up by another person upon presentation of a written authorization.
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.
reboot: 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
Book Release: (TA)ROT TAROT Dorothy Iannone & Juliette Blightman
We are pleased to present our new publication (TA)ROT TAROTvon 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