Vertrautes Terrain

Vertrautes Terrain

ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

Artwork: Bureau Mario Lombardo

June 15, 2008

Contemporary Art in / about Germany
May 22 – September 21, 2008



“German art” or “art from Germany” is a label with tradition which is fiction, because the reality of artistic practice usually has little to do with national codifications. Although the question about the background and production site Germany has been treated by numerous international exhibitions, a topical cultural discussion has thereby hardly taken place.

The idea behind the project “Vertrautes Terrain – Contemporary Art in / about Germany” is to be a resonance board for a sophisticated discussion on the work of artists who have reflected in very different ways about Germany as a territory of history, art and society. Questions about history, cultural location, identity, references of forms, symbols and clichés constitute the project’s starting-point. The ZKM has selected German and international artists whose work formulates a contemporary answer to these questions.

Parallel developments in other branches of culture such as music, theater, film, literature, design, fashion and architecture will be also included in the “resonance space” developed together with the artist Heiner Blum. The exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive program: discussions, presentations, lectures, performances and tours, organized in cooperation with numerous partners, offer diverse paths by which to approach the theme.

A further view of the project will be offered by the exhibition “Vertrautes Terrain – Collectors’ Choice”, located on the second floor of the museum and showing works from the holdings of the Boros, Grässlin and LBBW private collections in cooperation with the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art.

Curators: Gregor Jansen and Thomas Thiel


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