November 11, 2011 - Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg - The Art of Deceleration
November 11, 2011

The Art of Deceleration

Above: Hussein Chalayan, “Place to Passage,” 2003.
Below: Aristide Maillol, “La Méditerranée,” 1905–1907.*

The Art of Deceleration.
Motion and Rest in Art from
Caspar David Friedrich to Ai Weiwei

12 November 2011–9 April 2012

Hollerplatz 1
38440 Wolfsburg

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Tuesday 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Monday closed

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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