June 24, 2005 - Rohkunstbau - “Kinderszenen – Child’s Play”
June 24, 2005

“Kinderszenen – Child’s Play”

Rohkunstbau XII
Kinderszenen – Child’s Play
June 26 – August 28, 2005 
Opening: June 25, 2005 at 6 pm

Gross Leuthen Castle
near Berlin, Germany

www.rohkunstbau.de

Louise Bourgeois (France/USA) installation – Sergej Bratkov (Ukraina) photography Jake und Dinos Chapman (Great Britain) sculpture Yann Delacour (France) installation Marcel Dzama (Canada) drawings Fang Lijun (China) painting Laura Ford (Great Britain) sculpture ///////////fur//// (Germany) media installation Michael Kutschbach (Australia) installation Via Lewandowsky (Germany) painting Bjørn Melhus (Norway) video Michael Sailstorfer (Germany) installation Cornelius Völker (Germany) painting

The Rohkunstbau XII exhibition Kinderszenen Childs Play will entice audiences with fabulous fairy tale worlds filled with chimaeras, dwarves, dreams and nightmares. It will explore the childlike joy of discovery, but also the limits of childhood itself with fascinating scenes from the perspective of adults who have been inspired by a past that is not their own.

Thirteen internationally renowned artists have travelled to the countryside to find inspiration as they remember their childhood and reflect on the nature of being a child today. They have created their works specifically for Gross Leuthen Castle, which during and after the Second World War served as an orphanage and has thus for over a half century been witness to hundreds of experiences, childrens dreams and childrens fates. Very different from one another, the rooms of the castle mirror the conglomerate of styles that characterise the whole structure. Their spellbinding diversity has served both as a challenge and inspiration to the participating artists.

The works of art showcased in the Rohkunstbau XII exhibition reflect the history of the building as well as the individual memories of the artists. Above and beyond that, they highlight current issues surrounding childhood in our aging society. Rohkunstbau XII is a trip down memory lanea journey which is rewritten each time it is taken, always revealing its relationship to the here and now in new and unexpected ways.

For the first time, the accompanying Rohkunstbau Festival shares the theme of the exhibition, and in doing so expands the thematic argument to include performing arts: for nine weeks, music, performance, theatre, film and literature readings will engage with the topic of childhood memories from a variety of perspectives. Not by chance, the title Kinderszenen corresponds to the composition by Robert Schumann of the same name. The thirteen pieces that Schumann wrote in 1838 reflect upon childlike impressions, joys and fears, as well as the mechanisms of memory.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue.

The patron of the Rohkunstbau projects in 2005 is Wolfgang Thierse, President of the German Bundestag.

Bluhm PR
Sylke Bluhm und Ron Bloch
Phone: 49 30 24 08 47 88
e-mail: info@bluhmpr.de
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Arvid Boellert SENIOR CURATOR
Mark Gisbourne FESTIVAL CURATOR
Max Schumacher
VISITOR Information
Schloss, 15913 Groß Leuthen
Wednesday to Friday 2 8 pm, Saturday, Sunday 10 am 8 pm
Tickets: 49 (0)30 495 00 979
A bus shuttle service will be available from Berlin – Groß Leuthen Berlin. It starts Saturdays at
4 pm at the Schlossplatz, Berlin Mitte.

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