2015 programming

2015 programming

Haus der Kunst

Louise Bourgeois, SPIDER, 1997. Collection The Easton Foundation. Photo: Frédéric Delpech. © The Easton Foundation /
VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014.

December 18, 2014

2015 programming

Haus der Kunst

Prinzregentenstr. 1
80538 Munich


In 2015 Haus der Kunst will present a robust and broad based exhibition program that articulates the complexity of the current context of contemporary art, mining and examining conceptual, formal, historical, and socio-cultural parameters of art in the 21st century. Among the highlights of the coming year are exhibitions of artists who have created unique mental and aesthetic universes, such as Louise Bourgeois and Hanne Darboven. Both exhibitions, by two extraordinary visionary artists will be held in the grand galleries of the building’s east wing. Since the building opened in 1937, this unique exhibition space has never served as a venue for a monographic exhibition dedicated to female artists—which in 2014 is certainly too late. 

The program for 2015 is committed to the credo of Okwui Enwezor and the Haus der Kunst team—that the lines of development in contemporary art extend globally and form a complex network that knows no geographical, conceptual, or cultural boundaries.

Highlights in 2015

Mark Leckey: As If
January 30–March 31, 2015 

In 2008, British artist Mark Leckey (b. 1964) was awarded the Turner Prize for his work, which navigates the boundaries between pop culture, consumerism, and technology. On Pleasure Bent is Leckey’s latest video, the first demo version of which will be presented in Haus der Kunst. The story begins in 1954, ten years before the artist’s birth, with a fictitious Elvis Presley-like father figure, and ends in 2008. Similar to an album with different tracks, Leckey tells of the stages of his development: the awakening of erotic desire as he watches his aunt changing, or a moment of musical enchantment—a Joy Division matinee concert for young people that only a small audience attended. 

Supported by The Henry Moore Foundation

David Adjaye
Form, Heft, Material 
January 30–May 31, 2015 

The distinctive work of architect David Adjaye (b. 1966) comprises approximately 50 built projects—from museums to libraries, private houses to social housing, urban master plans to college campuses, pavilions for artists and children’s playgrounds. His most recent commissions include the design of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., as well as the National Museum of Slavery and Freedom in Cape Coast, Ghana. The exhibition examines more than 30 projects through drawings, models, installations, photographs, videos, and material fragments. 

The survey exhibition is organized by Haus der Kunst and Art Institute of Chicago. 

Media partner: domus – German edition, PIN-UP

Louise Bourgeois
Structures of Existence: The Cells
February 27, 2015–July 26, 2015

In her seven-decade-long career, Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) excelled with the Cells, her most innovative and challenging sculptural works. This series of architectural spaces and settings would come to preoccupy her attention for nearly 20 years. Encapsulating several of Bourgeois’s artistic concerns at once the Cells act as intensely emotional microcosms. “The Cells represent different types of pain: the physical, the emotional, the psychological; the mental and the intellectual,” as the artist once put it. Haus der Kunst will assemble the largest number of Cells presented in an exhibition to date. 

With generous support by:
Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne
Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
Further support is provided by: 
Hauser & Wirth; Cheim & Read, New York; Kukje Gallery, Seoul

Geniale Dilletanten (Ingenious Dilletantes) 
Subculture in Germany in the 1980s
June 26–October 11, 2015 

Intentionally misspelled, the title of the concert Geniale Dilletanten, held in Berlin’s Tempodrom on September 4, 1981, became synonymous with a brief era of artistic transformation that began by the end of the 1970s and was already a few years later silted up by commercialization. 

The traveling exhibition organized by the Goethe Institute presents the wide spectrum of this subculture based on the example of seven music bands and other artists, filmmakers and designers from progressive cities and regions in West and East Germany. 

Media partner: Super Paper

Hanne Darboven. A Retrospective in two parts: Zeitgeschichten – Enlightenment
September 11, 2015–January 17, 2016 
Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
September 18, 2015–January 17, 2016 
Haus der Kunst, Munich

The first major retrospective after the artist’s death in 2009 is collaboratively organized by the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bonn, and Haus der Kunst in Munich. The exhibition in Munich’s Haus der Kunst concentrates on the expansive work series from cultural history, music, literature, and (natural) science. Here, we can see Darboven’s special proximity to the thoughts of Enlightenment in terms of both the works’ subject matter and the artist’s individual mindset and political conviction. At the center of the Munich exhibition are two principal installations: the first focuses on Darboven’s books and publications, evoking in the viewer a sense of standing in a grand library at the heart of an Enlightenment institution; the second installation is a presentation of the original “music room” of artist’s studio in Hamburg, offering access to Darboven’s intellectual cosmos for the first time through this quasi-encyclopaedic archive of things. Shown as well for the first time in Germany, the visitor will be able to discover the three-dimensional wooden constructions from the last three years of the artist’s life, which are based on early constructions from the 1960s. 

Capsule exhibitions 
Adele Röder and Lynette Yiadom Boakye
October 30, 2015–February 14, 2016

In 2014, Haus der Kunst introduced a new exhibition series, the Capsule exhibitions. The series presents the work of younger artists who are not yet established in the museum landscape, and provides a space for new productions. The Capsule exhibitions thus give insight into artistic practices and production methods. Each artist will present his work autonomously in a separate hall, a so-called “capsule.”

The list of exhibitions is not yet complete. Details about our collaboration with the Goetz collection and the Archive Gallery will be communicated.

Cultural partner: M94,5

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