Manifesta 9, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, and RAY 2012: Europe’s art summer

Manifesta 9, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, and RAY 2012: Europe’s art summer

Museum Ludwig, Cologne / RAY

May 23, 2012

Europe’s art summer 2012
From Flanders through the
Rhineland to Hesse

Former coalmining complex of Waterschei
Genk, Province of Limburg, Belgium  

Manifesta 9, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, will take place from June 2 until September 30, 2012 in the former Waterschei coal-mining complex in the city of Genk, Limburg (Belgium), under the direction of curator Cuauhtémoc Medina (Mexico) and co-curators Katerina Gregos (Greece) and Dawn Ades (United Kingdom). The Deep of the Modern intends to create a complex dialogue between different layers of art and history. Its point of departure is the geographical location itself. The remains of the Waterschei mine in Genk, Limburg, the main venue of Manifesta 9, are not the only protagonists in this story. The Deep of the Modern was inspired by the “mining machine” that transformed the region over the course of the 20th century, giving rise to a complex landscape of garden cities, landscape planning, canals, roads, and railroads.

For preview and opening accreditation see here.

One wish is always left unfulfilled. Kasper König takes stock
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Heinrich-Böll-Platz, 50667 Cologne

In November 2001, Kasper König opened the exhibition Museum of our Wishes, in which he clearly presented his views regarding the collection at Museum Ludwig. He brought 120 works to the museum and marked them with a silver tag as wishes for the enlargement of the collection. With the help of patrons, donors, and supporters he managed to place a golden tag on almost all of these works, showing that they were wishes come true. With this, the strengths of the collection and its potential for growth became clear, as did the glaring gaps. For over ten years Kasper König has consistently expanded the museum’s collection. And central to this curatorial work has always been the question, how can temporary exhibitions serve the aims of the collection and vice versa, how can new exhibitions be initiated from the collection itself? The development of the collection at Museum Ludwig through this close combination of exhibitions and permament collection will now be illuminated by means of select works. And the title can be understood as a part of the agenda, because: One wish is always left unfulfilled.

RAY 2012
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst
Frankfurt am Main
and MMK Zollamt
Domstraße 10, 60311 Frankfurt am Main 
Frankfurter Kunstverein
Steinernes Haus am Römerberg, Markt 44, 60311 Frankfurt am Main

From April to October, 2012, RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain is presenting outstanding international examples of contemporary photography and video art. RAY 2012 consists of a main exhibition distributed between three central locations in Frankfurt am Main and numerous partner exhibitions and projects in Frankfurt and the surrounding region. RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain represents the abundance of photographic collections and expertise in Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region. The focus of RAY 2012 is the main exhibition, MAKING HISTORY. It is on view from April 20th to July 8th, 2012, in the spaces of the Frankfurter Kunstverein, the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, and the MMK Zollamt, as well as in two public spaces. Making History highlights artistic reflection of public images. The exhibition shows different artists who concentrate on how reality is presented in media images. MAKING HISTORY is not strictly limited to the medium of still photography but also includes video and film. The works of thirty-eight renowned artists, including Viktoria Binschtok, Thomas DemandDavid LaChapelleOmer FastAlfredo JaarBarbara Klemm, and Gustav Metzger, as well as numerous new discoveries, reveal a broad spectrum of artistic approaches to public images.

Schedule of events
May 31 and June 1, 2012

Preview and opening: MANIFESTA 9 
Genk, Province of Limburg, Belgium

June 2, 2012                                    
Visual Arts Flanders and Manifesta 9 Parallel Events

June 3, 2012
One wish is always left unfulfilled. Kasper König takes stock.
Museum Ludwig, Cologne

June 5, 2012
Come together RAY 2012, MAKING HISTORY
Frankfurter Kunstverein, the MMK Museum 
für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, and MMK Zollamt

Kathrin Luz
The European Biennial of Contemporary Art
Dennenstraat 5
3600 – Genk, Belgium
T +32 (0)89 710440

Museum Ludwig, Cologne 

Judith Schlereth
50667 Köln
T +49 (0)221 221 24483

RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain
Ursula Teich
Weißfrauenstrasse 1  
60311 Frankfurt  
T +49 (0)221 5 743 112

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