5 Days to the End of Art

5 Days to the End of Art


October 24, 2006

5 Days to the End of Art
A project of the Kunsthalle Fridericianum
Curator Workshop Programme

June 3-November 26, 2006

Kunsthalle Fridericianum
Friedrichsplatz 18
34117 Kassel
Tel. 49(0)561 70 72 720
Fax 49(0)561 77 45 78


Under the collective title 5 Days to the End of Art four members of the curator workshop and the artistic director René Block provide insight into their current work in independent exhibitions. The open structure of the programme allows each member to develop and stage his or her own exhibition idea for the series. The general dialogue in the development process of the individual projects sets the framework reflected in the structure of the exhibition series. All five exhibitions dovetail in time, revealing substantive links and cross-references that have developed in processual and joint work in the workshop. At the same time, the distinctiveness of the individual approaches mirrors the varying perspectives, interests, and procedures of a young generation of curators.

Since 2003, the curator workshop has constituted a key element at the Kunsthalle Fridericianum. Over this period, young, international curators have accompanied the programme of the Kunsthalle, expanding it with independent exhibition projects. Over and beyond the theoretical discourse of university curator programmes, it permits members to test their own curatorial enterprise and to experiment in exhibition work from the first outline of an idea to the realisation stage. This procedure distinguishes the workshop strongly from other programmes.

After undo redo (curated by Solvej Helweg Ovesen) and the far side (curated by Thomas Niemeyer) the exhibition series of the curator workshop continues with:
indirect speech
September 2 October 29, 2006

Nevin Aladag | Victor Alimpiev | Stefan Constantinescu | Ciprian Muresan | Ioana Nemes | Ovekk_Finn | Pablo Pijnappel
indirect speech brings to the viewer attention the ambivalent position of art as space of experience and as space of knowledge. The exhibition deals with forms of negotiation, re-location of individual and collective experiences and understands the artistic practice as a translation process. The displaying pieces speak about the feeling of uncertainty in art, about the artist capacity to rephrase each time, through self-reflection, the relation art / reality and reflect on the consequences of consumption of public or private aspects through the art strategies. Curated by Alina Serban. Funded by: Mondriaan Foundation, IASPIS, ifa and Fonds voor Beeldende Kunst, Vormgeving en Bouwkunst.

Yael Bartana. Amateur Anthropologist
September 24 November 26, 2006

The exhibition Amateur Anthropologist gives an overview of the art of Yael Bartana, ranging from early works to the most recent filmic installations, illustrating the specific working methods of an artist who addresses the complex relationship between the individual and society. Born in 1970 in Afula (Israel), Yael Bartana is a reserved, critical observer of her mother country. She expresses her interest in the mechanisms of a country that prescribes an ideology and in the individual who applies it. In impressive images, Bartanas video works question the constitution of Israels national and cultural identity especially as reflected in its rituals and representation. Curated by Birgit Eusterschulte. Funded by Mondriaan Foundation.

Fremd bin ich eingezogen
November 11 26, 2006

With the exhibition Fremd bin ich eingezogen (As a Stranger I Came), René Block brings together the different strands of his eight years work as artistic director of the Kunsthalle Fridericianum. In a daily changing presentation of video works, concerts, and performances, important works from earlier Kunsthalle exhibitions are shown alongside new works from the exhibition Art, Life & Confusion, which René Block is curating in continuation of the Balkan Trilogy on the occasion of this years October Salon in Belgrade. This lends the exhibition both a retrospective and forward-looking character. In a certain manner of speaking, the project originated in June 2006. Under the title Renés Sideshow, René Block presented selected artistic positions in parallel to the exhibition of the curatorial workshop. They introduce the farewell event Fremd bin ich eingezogen with certain positions and accompany the work of the young curators with a personal statement.

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