February 14, 2012 - Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg - The Art of Deceleration
February 14, 2012

The Art of Deceleration

Above: Hussein Chalayan,
“Place to Passage,” 2003.
Below: Aristide Maillol, “La Méditerranée,”

The Art of Deceleration
Motion and Rest in Art from Caspar David Friedrich to Ai Weiwei
Until 9 April 2012       

Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
Hollerplatz 1 
38440 Wolfsburg, Germany
Wednesday–Sunday, 11am–6pm
Tuesday 11am–8pm

T +49 (0) 5361 26690
F +49 (0) 5361 266966
info [​at​] kunstmuseum-wolfsburg.de


The Art of Deceleration distills a theme that touches a nerve with society. Since the 19th century, the tempo of life has continuously increased up to “rushing stand still” (Paul Virilio). The longing for relaxation and contemplation grows at the same time.

The exhibition project in the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg focuses on the contrapuntal phenomenon of motion and rest in art from the Romantic to classic modernism and the present day. From the beginning, the fascination for unleashed motion was accompanied by the search for an aesthetic of slowness. The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg examines this dialectic in a comprehensive exhibition featuring circa 160 works by 85 artists. The exhibition is supported by Volkswagen Financial Services AG.

*Images above:
Above: Hussein Chalayan, Place to Passage, 2003, 5-screen film installation, 12 minute loop, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, © Hussein Chalayan 2003, music: Jean Paul Dessy, still images: Hussein Chalayan / neutral 2003. 
Below: Aristide Maillol, La Méditerranée, 1905–1907, bronze, 110 x 77,5 x 113 cm, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; on loan from Stichting Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011.

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