Exhibitions 2017




October 14, 2017 - January 14, 2018
Gardens of Cooperation
A collaborative project by
La Vierreine Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona and
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart

From October 14, 2017, to January 14, 2018, the Württembergischer Kunstverein is presenting the exhibition Alexander Kluge: Gardens of Cooperation. It is based on the comprehensive exhibition of the same name—devoted to the writer, theorist, and film and television director Alexander Kluge—which was on show at the art center La Virreina Centre de la Imatge in Barcelona in 2016. In close collaboration with the director of La Virreina, Valentín Roma, and with Alexander Kluge himself, the Württembergischer Kunstverein has developed a reformulation and expansion of this project.

The exhibition’s two main points of reference in terms of content revolve around the metaphor of the garden and the idea of the collective—of cooperation—in Kluge’s oeuvre and modes of operation; and also around forms of emancipation, which are not only the subject of his theoretical and artistic explorations of history, the present, and the future, but with which he himself also tirelessly engages. 

The exhibition in Stuttgart will show a selection of early and more recent short and long films by Kluge, including a specially developed compilation of his so-called “minute films.” In lieu of a chronological or thematic order, the exhibition will explore new and unusual forms of presentation by taking various approaches to Kluge’s narratives. Moreover, Gardens of Cooperation sets out to spotlight and implement transmediality, the motif of repetition, variation, and shifting in Kluge’s work, as well as the principles of montage, constellation, and gravitation.


August 25, 2017 - September 24, 2017
Präsenz, Kritik, Utopie
Ausstellung der Künstlermitglieder

May 27, 2017 - August 6, 2017
A joint venture of Württembergischer Kunstverein and Association Biennial of Contemporary Art Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Taysir Batniji, Bernd Behr, David Brognon / Stéphanie Rollin, Annalisa Cannito, Olga Chernysheva, Edith Dekyndt, Jan Peter Hammer, James T. Hong, Hilary Koob-Sassen, Milomir Kovacevic, Susanne Kriemann, Dorit Margreiter, Eduardo Paolozzi, Vesna Pavlovic, Dan Perjovschi, Lia Perjovschi, Jorge Ribalta, Alexander Sokurow, Sandra Vitaljic, Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag, among others
Iris Dressler, Hans D. Christ

The point of departure for this exhibition, which is on show at the Württembergischer Kunstverein from May 27 to August 6, 2017, is a particular place, Tito’s bunker in Konjic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), which is equally negotiated as concrete location and as open-ended metaphor.
The atomic fallout shelter, built from 1953 to 1979 near Sarajevo under the veil of utmost secrecy, today serves as a unique site for a biennial of contemporary art, the Project Biennial D-0 ARK. The objective is to establish a museum there based on artworks that have been shown at the biennial.
Iris Dressler and Hans D. Christ have been invited to curate the 4th Project Biennial. In parallel with this project, they are developing an exhibition for the Württembergischer Kunstverein. The idea is to deal with the bunker both in the very heart of the place itself and from a distance—in its absence or as a kind of phantom.
Based on a broad spectrum of artistic work, the aim in Stuttgart is to bring into play various lines of reference and associations: from the Second World War to the Cold War to the siege of Sarajevo to recent wars; from the atomic bombs detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki to the atomic plant accidents in Chernobyl and Fukushima; from the bunker—as a survival shelter—and “living machine” to gated communities. The bunker will be reflected as infrastructure, as promise of deliverance, as post-cataclysmic projection surface, as dispositif of selection, but also as a utopian space.
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February 25 - May 7, 2017

Lawrence Abu Hamdan, A.S.I. group (Ehsan Fardjadniya, Edyta Jarzab), Sven Augustijnen, Ella de Búrca, Anna Dasovic, Köken Ergun, Johan Johan Grimonprez, Alevtina Kakhidze, Yazan Khalili, Jaha Koo, Lyubov Matyunina, Adrian Melis, Pinar Ögrenci, Dorian de Rijk, belit sag, Aleksei Taruts, Anika Schwarzlose, Radek Szlaga, Anastasiya Yarovenko 
Katia Krupennikova (Amsterdam)

The exhibition Post-Peace, which includes works from nearly twenty artists from different cultural areas, traces the present-day manifestations of and relationships between war and peace. How much war is embedded within our peace? This is the pivotal question.
The exhibition proposes to express our present situation, in which the “peace” of global capitalism is dearly bought through constant violence and war, with the term “Post-Peace,” the time after peace. Indeed, Post-Peace spans a historical arc from the Second World War to the present day. Against the background that history is known to be always written by the victors, the exhibition takes a critical look at our cultures of memory and encourages a redetermination of historical discourse. In video works, photographs, installations, and performances, the artists address issues like colonialism and fascism in Europe, the Holocaust, or the so-called Middle East conflict. Explored are also topics like the ramifications of 9/11, the cynicism of global arms trafficking, the contemporary forms of nationalism and militarism, and the conflicts involving Ukraine or the Kurdish population.
Post-Peace was originally produced in 2016 for Istanbul as part of the curator prize bestowed by the Turkish financial institution Akbank. However, shortly before the opening, the exhibition was censored and cancelled. In Stuttgart, it will be seen for the first time, now in an expanded form.
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