Manfred Pernice

Manfred Pernice

Haus der Kunst

Manfred Pernice, Haldensleben, 2005. Installation view; Museum Ludwig, 2007. Photo: Manfred Pernice.

March 14, 2013

Manfred Pernice
Der Öffentlichkeit – Von den Freunden Haus der Kunst / To the Public – from the friends of Haus der Kunst
November 2013–August 2014

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Haus der Kunst is pleased to announce Manfred Pernice as the next artist for Der Öffentlichkeit – Von den Freunden Haus der Kunst, the annual commission of contemporary art conceived especially for the museum’s Middle Hall.

The central gesture of its title Der Öffentlichkeit — Von den Freunden Haus der Kunst is to animate a discussion on the key ideas and questions surrounding agendas of public dedication. With the commission, Haus der Kunst further reflects on the conditions of contemporary art today, along with what it means to act in the public with the artwork as the central statement around which public participation, discussion, debate, and exchange coalesces.

For the annual commission, each artist is invited to deal with the nature of the given space in their given idiom, without restriction and in a transparent and flexible manner. In 2012, the South Korean-born and Berlin-based artist Haegue Yang inaugurated the series with a towering structure constructed out of Venetian blinds, appearing half-opaque, half-translucent. Furthermore, the duration of each project, on view for nearly a year offers the public a prolonged opportunity for reflection on its various conceptual and formal properties. That very constellation of the specific space and the duration of the presentation defines the key parameters of the annual commission.

For the project in fall 2013 Manfred Pernice will create an installation that keeps the free accessibility of the Middle Hall, and at the same time challenges its representative character. Working with materials commonly seen as poor, such as plywood, cardboard, paper, tiles, etc., Pernice creates “Gebilde” (formations), assemblages, and sculptural tableaux whose seemingly unstable, enigmatic forms possess a casual charm and evoke a brittle domesticity, as such questioning ideas of permanence and impermanence. Detailed information on Pernice’s plans for Haus der Kunst will be unveiled later this year.

Manfred Pernice, born in Hildesheim 1963, studied graphics and painting at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Brunswick and Hochschule der Künste Berlin, is recognized as one of the most innovative artists of his generation. Since the 1990s Pernice has created a formidable if low-key oeuvre that exists between the poles of sculpture and architecture. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in major international institutions and galleries, including the MoCA, Los Angeles, in 2001, the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, in 2007, the Hayward Gallery, London, in 2010, repeatedly at the Anton Kern Gallery, New York, the Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp, in 2007, the Biennale in Lyon in 1997, Manifesta in 2000, Documenta 11 in 2002, and Utopia Station at the Venice Biennale in 2003, which was also on view in Haus der Kunst in 2004/05.

Der Öffentlichkeit – Von den Freunden Haus der Kunst is commissioned by Haus der Kunst generously supported by Gesellschaft der Freunde Haus der Kunst. 

Currently on view at Haus der Kunst:

Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life
(till May 26)

Kendell Geers 1988–2012
(till May 12)

Mel Bochner – If the Color Changes
(till June 23)

Open End — Goetz Collection at Haus der Kunst
(till April 7)

Der Öffentlichkeit – Von den Freunden Haus der Kunst (To the Public – from the friends of Haus der Kunst)
Haegue Yang
(till September 22 2013)

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