April 22, 2013 - KW Institute for Contemporary Art - RELAUNCH
April 22, 2013


Ellen Blumenstein, Chief Curator, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin. © Edisonga.

April 28–August 25, 2013

Press conference: Friday, April 26, 11am 
Opening: Saturday, April 27, 5pm–midnight

KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Auguststr. 69, D-10117 Berlin
New hours: Wednesday–Monday noon–7pm, 
Thursday noon–9pm


From the end of April to the end of August, KW Institute for Contemporary Art will become a space that imagines an art institution’s potential. KW exhibits itself in multiple senses: presenting itself to the audience, drawing its own image, launching its content and forms, sharing its intentions, wishes, and fears—in short, attempting to think itself anew.

RELAUNCH, Ellen Blumenstein’s first project as chief curator, shows KW as it longs to be, as it could be, and—possibly—as it will become. It glances at what is ahead, and tests all ideas’ viability in situ. Constructed upon the house’s history and its exhibition practice, RELAUNCH sets KW forth as a vital, social place. It situates itself on the verge between an applied past, shaped present, and possible future, a place where the pressing questions of our time are publicly discussed.

At the outset of its new program, KW’s space will be simultaneously empty and overflowing: empty, since no art exhibition in a traditional sense will be shown; overflowing, since all its future uses will already be marked, and each cooperation with artists and other participants will assume its preliminary shape, even if only in the viewer’s imagination.

During the exhibition period Blumenstein will activate the whole building complex, from the entrance gate to the top of the roof, through various formats and in ever-changing spatial constellations. The curatorial approach and proclaimed fields of interest will be introduced, teasers will hint at future alliances, as well as artistic projects in the making.

RELAUNCH Participants:
Gabriel Abrantes, Ute Adamczewski, AIDS-3D, Ulf Aminde, Kader Attia, Giles Bailey, Sladja Blazan, Matthias Böhler & Christian Orendt, Jochen Dehn, Martin Ebner, Ólafur Elíasson, EventArchitectuur, Claire Fontaine, William Forsythe, Robin Fox, Stephan Geene, Patrycja German, Goldin+Senneby, Milena Gregor, Hadley+Maxwell, Jan Peter Hammer, Elín Hansdóttir, Bethan Huws, Kartenrecht, Martin Kohlbauer, Birgit Kohler, Rudolf Kreis, Nikolaus Kuhnert, Annika Larsson, Mark Leckey, Robert Lippok, Eunice Martins, Augustin Maurs, Angela Melitopoulos, Margarida Mendes, Olaf Nicolai, Michael Portnoy, Johannes Paul Raether, Reactor, Sabine Reinfeld, Willem de Rooij, Constanze Ruhm, Susanne Sachsse, Georgia Sagri, Ines Schaber, Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Nedko Solakov, Cally Spooner, Klasse Hito Steyerl, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch, Daniel Tyradellis, Felix Vogel, Joseph Vogl, Ian White, Nicole Wolf, Florian Wüst, Florian Zeyfang, and others.

RELAUNCH is kindly funded by the Capital Cultural Fund, Berlin. Additional support from the Icelandic Art Center and the Embassy of the Netherlands in Berlin.

The cultural programs of KW Institute for Contemporary Art are made possible with the support of the Governing Mayor of Berlin — Senate Chancellery — Cultural Affairs.

Upcoming projects

Kader Attia: Repair. 5 Acts
May 26–August 25, 2013
Opening: May 25
Kindly supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, by the Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

Living Archive
Group exhibition 
June 6–23, 2013
Opening: June 5
In cooperation with Arsenal — Institute for Film and Video Art e. V.

Connect Four: The Bet
Group exhibition & performance weekend 
July 7–August 4, 2013
Opening: July 6
Performance weekend: July 12–13
In cooperation with Foreign Affairs (Haus der Berliner Festspiele)

Press contact 
Henriette Sölter
T +49 30 243459 42 / press [​at​] kw-berlin.de


RELAUNCH at KW Institute for Contemporary Art
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
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