Aram Bartholl: Package ready for pickup

Aram Bartholl: Package ready for pickup

Kunsthalle Osnabrück

View of Aram Bartholl, Package ready for pickup, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, 2023. Courtesy Aram Bartholl and Kunsthalle Osnabrück. Photo: Lucie Marsmann.

August 3, 2023
Aram Bartholl
Package ready for pickup
July 9, 2023–February 25, 2024
Kunsthalle Osnabrück
Hasemauer 1,
49074 Osnabrück

On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, the Kunsthalle Osnabrück is showing Aram Bartholl’s most comprehensive solo exhibition to date. Aram Bartholl is one of the pioneers in Germany who deals with socially relevant conflicts of digitality and automation through art. Originally coming from the field of architecture, he uses his performative interventions, sculptures and workshops to question our current media behaviour as well as the public economies that are linked to social networks, online platforms or digital distribution strategies. He puts socially relevant topics such as surveillance, data security or dependency on technology up for discussion by transferring the gaps, contradictions or absurdities of our digital everyday life into spatial settings.

For the Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Aram Bartholl transformed the Kunsthalle´s church space into a walk-in recycling yard for electronic waste. The scenery is illuminated by three sculptures hanging from the ceiling, reminiscent of chandeliers that are made from recycled televisions. The result is a sensual as well as functional installation of complementary exhibition parts that invite us to reflect on the cycles, consequences and future perspectives of our daily consumption of media and goods. The walk-through parcours made of piled up electronic waste makes the amount of recycled material of our belongings visible and creates a unique environment for a diverse art mediation programme  including workshops, plena by local climate activists, repair cafés, excursions, lectures and film screenings. Oversized QR codes on the church walls frame the setting and raise critical questions about our handling of energy resources, raw materials and labour rights in the digital society. Opposing the electronic waste, the exhibition contains a 30-metre-long DHL Packstation, which is put into operation during the exhibition period. Osnabrück citizens and visitors are able to pick up their parcels at the Kunsthalle Osnabrück and drop them off in the respective lockers.

Curators: Anna Jehle and Juliane Schickedanz
Curators public programme: Louisa Behr, Joscha Heinrichs, Anna Holms and Christel Schulte.


Funded by the Stiftung Niedersachsen (Foundation of Lower Saxony) and the Niedersächsische Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur (Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture). The VGH Stiftung (VGH Foundation) is funding the accompanying exhibition’s art mediation programme. With the kind support of Deutsche Post AG, Lerec Elektrorecycling GmbH and Osnabrücker ServiceBetrieb.


Solo exhibitions by Aram Bartholl have been shown at international institutions including Kunstverein Arnsberg (2021), ZKM, Karlsruhe (2020), Import Projects, Berlin, SMAC, Berlin, Emmanuel Art Gallery, Denver (all 2019), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015) or Kasseler Kunstverein (2013). Extensive works and new productions by him were also represented at the Werkleitz Festival “Model and Ruin”, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (both 2019), the Biennale d’art contemporain de Strasbourg, the Thailand Biennale, the Seoul Museum of Art (all 2018) as well as at Skulptur Projekte Münster and the Hyperpavillion at the Venice Biennale (both 2017).

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