February 8, 2019 - Kunstverein in Hamburg - Marguerite Humeau: ECSTASIES / Hannah Perry: A Smashed Window and an Empty Room
February 8, 2019

Kunstverein in Hamburg

Left: Venus of Kostenki, A 35-year-old female human has ingested a marmoset's brain, exhibition view, New Museum, New York, 2018. Photo: Julia Andreone. Courtesy the artist, C L E A R I N G New York/Brussels. Right: Hannah Perry, 2018.

Marguerite Humeau: ECSTASIES
Hannah Perry: A Smashed Window and an Empty Room
February 16–April 28, 2019

Artist Talk: February 17, 3–4pm, Marguerite Humeau in conversation with Bettina Steinbrügge
Artist Talk: February 17, 4–5pm, Hannah Perry in conversation with Tobias Peper

Kunstverein in Hamburg
Klosterwall 23
20095 Hamburg
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 12–6pm


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The Kunstverein in Hamburg is delighted to present the exhibitions Marguerite Humeau: ECSTASIES and Hannah Perry: A Smashed Window and an Empty Room. We cordially invite you to our opening on Febuary 15, 7pm.


Marguerite Humeau: ECSTASIES
The exhibition ECSTASIES by Marguerite Humeau (b. 1986, Cholet, France) shows an immersive installation of sculpture, sound and drawing. Humeau’s work centers on the origins of humankind. She prefaces each project with a period of intense investigation in which she engages with historians, anthropologists, paleontologists, zoologists, explorers, linguists, and engineers. Through her interdisciplinary, speculative inquiry, Humeau enriches her own thinking as an artist, and refashions historical quests in ways that reflect our present technological age.

For ECSTASIES, Humeau studies the origins of Venus figurines, prehistoric female goddess statuettes found throughout the world. The artist’s research expands on the idea that early modern humans may have ingested animal brains for their psychoactive effects. In this theory, Venus figurines functioned as recipes, marking out an anatomical guide for shamans and those seeking spiritual ecstasy through altered consciousness. In this exhibition, Humeau attempts to reenact a speculated scene from 150,000 years ago when a group of early female humans first encounters these psychoactive ingredients, allowing for the first time in the history of humankind their brain to quit its default mode and to travel to the unknown. The spectacular effects of this event might have resulted in a new neuronal organization, involving a new social structure completely different from other primates. Ten digitally rendered bronze and stone sculptures beckon the viewer to discover the depths and layers of their consciousness.

The exhibition is curated by Bettina Steinbrügge.

This exhibition is a joint project with New Museum, New York, and Museion, Bolzano, where it will travel in October 2019. The exhibition is made possible by the friendly support of Ministry of Culture and Media of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Bureau des arts plastiques of the Institut français, of the French Ministry of Culture and the Rudolf Augstein Stiftung.


Hannah Perry: A Smashed Window and an Empty Room
The Kunstverein in Hamburg is pleased to present the first institutional solo exhibition in Germany by British artist Hannah Perry (b. 1984, Chester; lives and works in London). Perry’s artistic practice encompasses sculpture, installation, video and performance with which she candidly explores personal memory in today’s hyper technological and networked society.

The exhibition in Hamburg will present a recent body of work in which Perry addresses the impact of trauma on mental and emotional health as well as conditions and consequences of human interactions. A newly produced hydraulic sculpture evokes moments of violence, tenderness, and intimacy through a mechanized dance with itself.

Overall, the exhibition negotiates the feeling of dissolution in moments of shock by creating intimate situations and environments through the use of sculpture, sound, and video, in which the audience is confronted with different phases and strategies of coping with mourning.

The exhibition is curated by Tobias Peper.

The exhibition is kindly supported by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Henry Moore Foundation, the Rudolf Augstein Stiftung, and the Mara und Holger Cassens-Stiftung.

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