PEACE

July 1 - September 24, 2017

Doves, rainbow colors, and rifles adorned with flowers: depictions of peace are usually limited to familiar symbols. From 1 July to 24 September 2017, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt takes a different approach with the discursive group exhibitions PEACE addressing the question: How does peace actually work? The exhibition presents positions by 12 international artists. Jan De Cock, Minerva Cuevas, Ed Fornieles, Michel Houellebecq, Surasi Kusolwong, Isabel Lewis, Lee Mingwei, Katja Novitskova, Heather Phillipson, Agnieszka Polska, Timur Si-Qin, and Ulay consider the subject PEACE from a contemporary perspective.

Peace does not present itself as an object, rather as a process of interaction and communication – not only between people, but also between all involved in the ecosystem. This approach differs fundamentally from the humanist worldview, which places man at the center. The focus is now on the environment: on water, plants, animals, even inanimate things. A reevaluation of the hierarchies within the ecosystem as well as of mankind’s ultimately harmful appropriation and exploitation strategies is taking place. The works presented in the show are dedicated to this reevaluation, and, among other things, illuminate indirectly such social conventions as language or rituals of give and take that make human coexistence possible.

Jan de Cock, Everything For You, Frankfurt, 2017
Just now peace is a highly relevant subject for society, one that challenges discussions and active involvement. The works included in the exhibition show how artists of our time approach the issue – providing answers and being thought-provoking at the same time.
PHILIPP DEMANDT, DIRECTOR OF THE SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURT

PEACE – THE SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURT PRESENTS AN EXHIBITION WITH CONTEMPORARY ART POSITIONS TO OUR TIME’S ISSUE

The exhibition PEACE wants to trigger reflection on what peace can be. There will be associated live events like lectures, readings, poetry presentations, and dance and music performances. The interactive website WWW.SCHIRN-PEACE.ORG will assemble essays by Prof. Chus Martínez, Dr. Mary Zournazi, and Prof. Michael Marder, texts on the artworks displayed, video interviews with the artists, and other documentary material from the PEACE project.

Isabel Lewis, Occasion, Schirn Kunsthalle 2017

PEACE-LOGO

The Schirn announced a competition for a new PEACE logo in the run-up to the exhibition in April 2017. More than 600 people submitted their designs. The winning logo was selected by an independent jury made up of the artists Marina Abramović and Britta Thie, the designers Konstantin Grcic and Eike König, and Tilmann Röder, managing director of the Max-Planck-Stiftung für Internationalen Frieden und Rechtsstaatlichkeit.

The jurors chose the design of a blue dot, which was independently submitted by both Bekata Ozdikmen (Turkey) and Paul Müller (Germany). The prize of 1,000 euros was presented to both entrants. In the opinion of the jurors, the new peace logo is distinguished by “compelling simplicity”; the “dot functions immediately as a symbol of our planet” (Konstantin Grcic). It “combines a neutral worldview and an . . . intuitive sign language, and is readily reproduceable” (Tilmann Röder). It reminds us “how important it is to preserve our planet” (Marina Abramović).

PEACE-Logo Winner © Bekata Ozdikmen (Turkey) and Paul Müller (Germany)

PEACE

06.06.2017 | Doves, rainbow colors, and rifles adorned with flowers: depictions of peace are usually limited to familiar symbols. From 1 July to 24 September 2017, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt takes a different approach with the discursive group exhibitions PEACE addressing the question: How does peace actually work? The exhibition presents positions by 12 international artists. Jan De Cock, Minerva Cuevas, Ed Fornieles, Michel Houellebecq, Surasi Kusolwong, Isabel Lewis, Lee Mingwei, Katja Novitskova, Heather Phillipson, Agnieszka Polska, Timur Si-Qin, and Ulay consider the subject PEACE from a contemporary perspective.

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PEACE

13.04.2017 | Doves, rainbow colors, and rifles adorned with flowers—depictions of peace are usually limited to standard clichés and familiar symbols. In a discursive group exhibition, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt pursues a different approach and addresses the question of how peace actually works. Proceeding from the premise that peace is reflected most clearly in processes of interaction and communication among people and among all of the players in the ecosystem, the exhibition focuses on phenomena that have always contributed to making human (co-)existence possible and sustainable, such as water, animals, language, or the culture of giving. The Schirn shows works by Jan de Cock, Minerva Cuevas, Ed Fornieles, Surasi Kusolwong, Isabel Lewis, Lee Mingwei, Katja Novitskova, Agnieszka Polska, and Timur Si-Qin, which offer a new, contemporary perspective on the subject of peace. The current reassessment of the Humanist view of the world and influence on the relationships between humankind and nature will play an important role in the presentation. The exhibition will be accompanied by numerous live events, including poetry readings, concerts, lectures, and cooking sessions in which visitors are invited to take part. The program will be developed in collaboration with the participating artists.

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Peace Logo Contest

29.03.2017 | The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt requests submissions for a new PEACE logo. The occasion: the discursive thematic exhibition “PEACE” that will be presented at the Schirn from July 1 to September 24, 2017. The new PEACE logo will be chosen by an independent jury, will be remunerated with prize money, and will be integrated into the exhibition communications. The deadline for receipt of entries is May 8, 2017. Dr. Philipp Demandt, Director of the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, describes the project as follows: “This summer with our ‘PEACE’ exhibition the Schirn sets out to explore how peace actually works, a question that is as compelling as ever today. Quite apart from this, we feel it is high time for a new PEACE logo, a logo for today that reflects our current notion of peace.”

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Jan de Cock, Everything for you, Frankfurt, 2017, copyright: the artist

Jan de Cock, Everything for you, Frankfurt, 2017, installation view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2017, photo: Neven Allgeier

Jan de Cock, Everything for you, Frankfurt, 2017, installation view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2017, photo: Neven Allgeier

PEACE, installation view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2017, photo: Neven Allgeier

Minerva Cuevas, Égalité, 2004, Mural painting and posters, Courtesy of the artist and Rocío & Boris Hirmas Collection

Ulay, Whose Water is it?, 2012, installation view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2017, photo: Neven Allgeier

Ed Fornieles, Sim Vol. 1: Existential Risk, 2017, copyright the artist

Michel Houellebecq, Salle Clément, 2016, installation view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2017, photo: Neven Allgeier

Michel Houellebecq, Salle Clément, 2016, detail, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2017, photo: Neven Allgeier

Michel Houellebecq, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2017, photo: Neven Allgeier

Surasi Kusolwong, (Welcome Back The Spirits), 2017, gold necklaces hidden in industrial thread waste, benches and title on mirror, detail, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2017, photo: Neven Allgeier

Surasi Kusolwong, (Welcome Back The Spirits), 2017, gold necklaces hidden in industrial thread waste, benches and title on mirror, detail, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2017, photo: Neven Allgeier

Isabel Lewis, Occasion, 2017, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2017, photo: Neven Allgeier

Isabel Lewis, Occasion, 2017, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2017, photo: Neven Allgeier

Lee Mingwei, The Letter Writing Project, 1998/2014, Mixed media, interactive installation, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2017, photo: Neven Allgeier

Lee Mingwei, The Letter Writing Project, 1998/2014, Mixed media, interactive installation, detail, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2017, photo: Neven Allgeier

Lee Mingwei, The Letter Writing Project, 1998/2014, Mixed media, interactive installation, detail, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2017, photo: Neven Allgeier

Lee Mingwei, Sonic Blossom, 15.–20. August MMK1 Museum für Moderne Kunst, 22.– 28. August Museum Angewandte Kunst, installation view Deutsches Architekturmuseum, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2017, photo: Neven Allgeier

Lee Mingwei, Sonic Blossom, 15.–20. August MMK1 Museum für Moderne Kunst, 22.– 28. August Museum Angewandte Kunst, installation view Städel Museum, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2017, photo: Neven Allgeier

Katja Novitskova, Pattern of Activation (planetary bonds), 2015, mixed media, installation view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2017, photo: Neven Allgeier

Heather Phillipson, 100% OTHER FIBRES, 2016, installation view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2017, photo: Neven Allgeier

Timur Si-Qin, New Peace Pro Sign 1, 2016, installation view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2017, photo: Neven Allgeier

Agnieszka Polska, I am the Mouth, 2014, HD-video 5:45 min, Still, © the artist, courtesy ŻAK | BRANICKA

Winner PEACE-Logo Contest, © Bekata Ozdikmen (Turkey) and Paul Müller (Germany)

Matthias Ulrich, Curator of the exhibition, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, 2015, Foto: Gaby Gerster