Thomas Hirschhorn, Nachwirkung, 2015, Installation view Kunsthalle Bremen
Courtesy: Thomas Hirschhorn / Kunsthalle Bremen – Der Kunstverein in Bremen, Photo: Tobias Hübel
The internationally acclaimed conceptual artist Thomas Hirschhorn (*1957 in Bern) installed an exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bremen in September 2015. In his works, Hirschhorn transforms conventional exhibition spaces into all-encompassing, extensive installations through the specific use of inferior, everyday materials such as plywood, cardboard, duct tape, plastic wrap and foil. A host of images and articles from newspapers and magazines as well as philosophical essays by such writers as Ingeborg Bachmann, Georges Bataille, Gilles Deleuze, Spinoza and Robert Walser reveal his numerous references.
Hirschhorn, who lives in Paris, sees art as a political-social obligation, and uses his works to show aspects of justice and injustice, power and powerlessness, and moral responsibility. Thomas Hirschhorn received the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2000 and the Joseph Beuys Prize in 2004. Most recently he has constructed much-discussed installations at the Schinkel Pavilion in Berlin and at Manifesta 10 in Saint Petersburg (both in 2014). In 2011 he represented Switzerland at the 54th Venice Biennale and he showed his “Bataille Monument” at the Documenta11 in Kassel in 2002.
An exhibition by the Supporters’ Circle for Contemporary Art in the Kunstverein Bremen
With generous support from:
Schweizer Kulturstiftung prohelvetia
Walter A. Bechtler-Stiftung, Schweiz
Olafur Eliasson, Room for one colour and windy corner, installation, Kunsthalle Bremen - Der Kunstverein in Bremen / Photo: Jürgen Nogai
The exhibition "Enlight My Space. Art after 1990" presents works from the collection of the Kunsthalle Bremen alongside major works from the Bremer Landesbank collection which have been assembled since the mid-1990s. The collections complement each other and form an impressive overview of a turbulent time which continues to have a great influence on current artistic production.
During a period of political upheaval and social change, art of the 1990s became open to new themes, materials and forms of expression. In various media ranging from painting to object art to installations, artists explored a new concepts of space and challenged viewers’ perceptions.
The exhibition will explore the art of the period between the revolutionary 1970s and the technological 2000s with works and installations by Stephan Balkenhol, Peter Doig, Olafur Eliasson, Dan Flavin, Rupprecht Geiger, Gotthard Graubner, Katharina Grosse, Candida Höfer, Martin Honert, Ilya Kabakov, François Morellet, Otto Piene, Tobias Rehberger and Jerry Zeniuk among others.
Sarah Morris, Jardim Botânico [Rio], 2013 (Detail), 59,81 m x 4,07 m
© Sarah Morris
The American artist and filmmaker Sarah Morris (* 1967) has created a monumental, panoramic mural for the central entrance hall of the Kunsthalle Bremen. Jardim Botânico [Rio] (“Botanical Garden”) is related to the artist’s new series of works entitled Rio but also reacts to the architecture of the museum. The spectacular installation combines luminous colours and abstract grid structures with rectangular and curved forms to form a spectacular environment. The numerous layers of brilliant pigments and
household enamels give rise to visual rhythms as well as to tactile, almost relief-like structures.
Morris works in the tradition of geometrical painting of modernism as well as of the 1960s with marked references to the oeuvre of Piet Mondrian, the American color field painters, Op Art and Victor Vasarely. She continues this tradition creatively into the future and instils new life into a reduced formal language through her dynamic, intensively colourful compositions. But with the shiny colours of her striking paintings and murals the artist also reflects critically on the illusionary world of Hollywood film and the surface aesthetics of glossy magazines, fashion and advertising.
The exhibition has been realised with the generous support of the Supporters’ Circle for Contemporary Art in the Kunstverein Bremen and the Bremer Landesbank.