Mariechen Danz: Clouded in Veins

Mariechen Danz: Clouded in Veins

Kunsthalle Recklinghausen

July 3, 2021
Mariechen Danz
Clouded in Veins
Ruhrfestspiele exhibition 2021
May 1–August 29, 2021
Kunsthalle Recklinghausen
Große-Perdekamp-Str. 25-27
45657 Recklinghausen
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–6pm

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What started as a coal miners’ theater tradition in the Ruhr area in Western Germany over 70 years ago is now Europe’s largest theater festival. The Kunsthalle Recklinghausen—parallel to the Ruhrfestpiele—traditionally shows artistic positions with an affinity to the performative. This year it is Irish-German artist Mariechen Danz with her solo exhibition Clouded in Veins.

Danz’s art takes the (im)possibilities of communication and knowledge transfer as its starting point, placing the human body at the center of her practice. In her installations, sculptures, drawings and performances, Danz probes the expressive capabilities and limitations of language, the legibility of signifiers and their hierarchical systems. Danz’s artistic discourse insistently encircles the role of subjectivity and objectivity in scientific history and alternative forms of human understanding alike. These topics have gained a poignant immediacy through the recent pandemic situation the world had to experience.

Clouded in Veins takes over all three floors of the Kunsthalle, opening up the architecture of the former bunker: the exhibition space as osmotic container and body of knowledge itself. 

The Kunsthalle Recklinghausen is situated in a former WWII Bunker and gained international recognition in the 1950s as a place for new abstract art. Recently Nico Anklam was appointed as head of the city’s museums and new director of the Kunsthalle. Clouded in Veins is part of the Urbane Künste Ruhr public art program in the Ruhr region. 

Mariechen Danz was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1980. She studied at the Berlin University of the Arts, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, and the California Institute of the Arts. Danz’s work has been featured in institutions such as 57th La Biennale di Venezia; 16th Istanbul Biennial; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kunsthaus Bregenz; MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna; the New Museum, New York; the High Line, New York. Danz now lives and works in Berlin.

A catalogue with essays by Susanne Witzgall and Angelika Stepken published by Distanz Verlag, as well as an album released by Monkeytown Records, accompanies the exhibition. 

With generous funding by:
RAG Stiftung
Kunststiftung NRW

Head of the city museums and director of the Kunsthalle: Dr. des. Nico Anklam
Curator: Kerstin Weber, M.A.

For press inquiries please contact: Kerstin Weber, weber [​at​]

Ore Oral Orientation feat. OOO : modular mapping system, in cooperation with Genghis Khan Fabrication Co.
Clouded in Veins: a subjective geography feat. Pars Pro Toto with Alicja Kwade.

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