29.05.2018 | The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt will be presenting two exhibition highlights in the second half of the year 2018: King of the Animals: Wilhelm Kuhnert and the Image of Africa (October 25, 2018–January 27, 2019) and Wilderness (November 1, 2018–February 3, 2019).
EXHIBITION PROGRAM 2018
The year 2018 begins with a highlight, Basquiat. Boom for Real (February 16 – May 27, 2018). More than 30 years after Jean-Michel Basquiat’s last exhibition in Germany, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is devoting – organized in collaboration with the Barbican Centre, London – a major survey to this American artist. Basquiat (1960–1988) is acknowledged today as one of the most significant painters of the 20th century. The exhibition is the first to focus on his relationship to music, text, film and television, placing his work within a broader cultural context.
Parallel to this, the Schirn presents an exhibition on the repoliticization of contemporary art. Given the political upheavals of recent years, many artists today appear to be increasingly under pressure to protest. In the major exhibition "Power to the People. Political Art Now" (March 21 – May 27, 2018) the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt brings together artistic positions which can be read as seismographs of contemporary political activity. It focuses on fundamental issues and the examination of the phenomena and possibilities of political participation. The Schirn unites installations, photographs, videos, paintings, and sculptures by Phyllida Barlow, Andrea Bowers, Julius von Bismarck, Sam Durant, Omer Fast, Adelita Husni-Bey, Hiwa K, Ahmet Öğüt, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Nasan Tur, amongst others.
In the summer, award-winning video and installation artist "Neïl Beloufa" (August 23 - October 28, 2018) will realize a unique project by transforming the Schirn into a stage. He will create sculptural stages in various spaces outside the classic exhibition areas of the Schirn in which he presents his most recent cinematic works.
With the exhibition "King of the Animals. Wilhelm Kuhnert and the Image of Africa" (October 25, 2018 – January 27, 2019), the Schirn is presenting the first comprehensive retrospective on the life and work of Wilhelm Kuhnert (1865-1926). The artist shaped the concept of Africa in both Europe and the United States more than any other artist of his time. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, he was one of the first European artists to travel through the German colonies of East Africa, which were still largely unexplored at the time. During these journeys, his sketches of the animal and plant world were often created under difficult conditions; they later served as a basis for the monumental paintings he produced in his Berlin studio after his return. The works were exhibited and sold internationally with enormous success. In the exhibition curated by the director of the Schirn, Philipp Demandt, Kuhnert’s work is not only seen as a mirror of the history of art and natural science, but also against the background of the history of colonialism.
At the same time, the Schirn is dedicating an extensive thematic exhibition to the recurring fascination of "Wilderness" (November 1, 2018 – February 3, 2019). With important works from 1900 to the present by some 30 artists, it does not only shed light on the phenomenon of the wilderness in terms of iconography but also shows it as a principle and motor of artistic creative work. Artists have repeatedly been drawn to that which is wild, untamed, uncultivated since the beginning of the aesthetic modern age. The search for the last open places, the expedition as an artistic medium, and posthuman visions of a world devoid of people characterize the works of many contemporary artists alongside the renegotiation of the relationship between individual and beast.
In addition to the monthly video art event "Double Feature", the presentations of contemporary art in the Rotunda of the Schirn will also be continued in 2018. The artist Maria Loboda (* 1979), who studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, will present new works in the freely accessible Rotunda from November 16, 2018 to February 3, 2019.
BASQUIAT. BOOM FOR REAL, FEBRUARY 16 – MAY 27, 2018, Edo Bertoglio, Jean-Michel Basquiat wearing an American football helmet, 1981, Photo: © Edo Bertoglio, courtesy of Maripol, Artwork: © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York
BASQUIAT. BOOM FOR REAL, FEBRUARY 16 – MAY 27, 2018, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1980, Enamel, spray paint and oil stick on enamelled metal, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, gift of an anonymous donor, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ ADAGP, Paris & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York, Courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art
BASQUIAT. BOOM FOR REAL, FEBRUARY 16 – MAY 27, 2018, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1982, Acrylic and oil on linen, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2018 & The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York, Courtesy Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Foto: Studio Tromp, Rotterdam
POWER TO THE PEOPLE. POLITICAL ART NOW, MARCH 21 – MAY 27, 2018, Julius von Bismarck, Fuguration #5 (May Day Riot Police), 2009, Inkjet print, 50 x 75 cm, © the artist, Courtesy alexander levy, Berlin; Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf
POWER TO THE PEOPLE. POLITICAL ART NOW, MARCH 21 – MAY 27, 2018, Phyllida Barlow, untitled: 100banners2015, 2015, Lumber, plywood, tape, wadding, fabric, paint, sand, and plastic, Dimensions variable, © The artist, Courtesy Hauser & Wirth, Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography
NEIL BELOUFA, AUGUST 23 – OCTOBER 28, 2018, Neïl Beloufa, Sustainable Development, MRAC Sérignan, 2017, © the artist, Photo: Aurélien Mole
KING OF THE ANIMALS. WILHELM KUHNERT AND THE IMAGE OF AFRICA, OCTOBER 25, 2018 – JANUARY 27, 2019, Wilhelm Kuhnert, Elephants (Elefanten), 1917, Oil on canvas, 48 x 86 inches, JKM Collection®, National Museum of Wildlife Art
WILDERNESS, NOVEMBER 1, 2018 – FEBRUARY 3, 2019, Henri Rousseau, Le lion, ayant faim, se jette sur l'antilope, 1898 – 1905, Öl auf Leinwand, 200 x 301 cm, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Sammlung Beyeler, Foto: Robert Bayer, Basel
WILDERNESS, NOVEMBER 1, 2018 – FEBRUARY 3, 2019, Georgia O'Keeffe, From the Plains ll, 1954, Oil on canvas, 122 x 183 cm, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
MARIA LOBODA, NOVEMBER 16, 2018 – FEBRUARY 3, 2019, Maria Loboda, Young Warrior in the Landscape Watching the Birds Go By (Pastoral), 2017, © the artist, Courtesy Maisterravalbuena, Photo: Philipp Hänger/Kunsthalle Basel