WALK!

February 18–May 22, 2022

From February 18 to May 22, 2022, the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt is dedicating a large international group exhibition to the hitherto rarely considered facets of walking in contemporary art. With photographs, video works, performances, collages, drawings, paintings, and sculptures, the exhibition “WALK!” presents an overview of the spectrum of contemporary artistic positions that aesthetically intertwine the act of moving on foot with the challenges of our time.

 The act of walking has gained new significance as a social phenomenon in the twenty-first century. At the core of activities such as strolling or hiking are sensory experiences that enable a connection with nature and the environment as well as a new experience of the self. At the same time, they are related to social issues of global ecological, geopolitical, and economic change. As an artistic practice, walking promotes the idea of a space that is structurally connected to movement, encompassing mental and virtual spaces in addition to urban and rural environments.

Hamish Fulton, 35 Walks Map. Europe. 1971-2019, 2019, Print, 68,2 x 67,7 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin

The Schirn provides an overview of walking as a practice in contemporary art production

Miae Son, Moonwalk (beginner) tutorial, 2016, Drawing with music-box mechanism, sound: synth brass part of the song “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson, 20 × 20 × 10 cm, Courtesy of the artist

The aimless wandering of the flâneur, a figure who Charles Baudelaire declared to be an artist, is tantamount to a critique of consumerism—an aspect that would be further elaborated in the 1950s psychogeographical experiments of the Situationists, for whom the flâneur’s strolls became a tool for the reappropriation of urban space. Walking Art, which in the 1960s and 70s develops alongside Land Art primarily in outdoor spaces, focuses on the walker’s immediate experience of the environment. The artistic movement challenges the notion of cultural progress as a domination of nature by turning walking into the material of its work. Exploring and expanding upon Walking Art, the contemporary works in the exhibition extend artistic walking into the social realm. They reflect current debates around issues such as globalization, migration, and climate change, and embark on a remapping of public space.


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17.02.2022 | Here you can find the wallpanels for the exhibition WALK!

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26.01.2022 | The group exhibition at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt provides an overview of walking as a practice in contemporary art production—a facet that has so far been rarely considered. It examines contemporary explorations and expansions of Walking Art, which had its origins in the 1960s movements of Minimalism, Land Art, and Conceptual Art.

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WALK!, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2022, photo: Marc Krause

WALK!, Carole McCourt, Cairngorm Mountain Walk, 7th June 2018 (After Nan Shepherd), 2018, installation view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2022, photo: Marc Krause

WALK!, Anders Dickson, not yet titled at the corner of Bedford and Gates, 2020, Loose signs for the times, 2020, installation view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2022, photo: Marc Krause

WALK!, Bani Abidi, Security Barriers A–Z, 2009–2019, installation view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2022, photo: Marc Krause

WALK!, exhibition view, © Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2022, Foto: Marc Krause

Bani Abidi, Security Barrier Type G - Traffic Police, Karachi, from the Series: Security Barriers A–Z, 2009–19, Digital prints, Series of 26 works, each 29,7 × 42 cm, mounted, Courtesy of the artist and Experimenter, Kolkata

Allora & Calzadilla, Land Mark (Foot Prints), 2001–02, Chromogenic prints from digital files, Courtesy of the artists and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris

Francis Alÿs, Ghetto Collector, 2003, Tin, magnets, plastic string, rubber wheels, 15,5 × 12 × 24 cm, Edition 39 / 99 , Edition 52 / 99 , Edition 74 / 99, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich / Privatsammlung, Schweiz / VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2022

Tiffany Chung, A Thousand Years Before and After, 2012, Video (color, sound), 09:01 min, film still, Courtesy of the artist

Sebastián Díaz Morales, Pasajes III, 2013, Video (color, sound), monitor,12:30 min on loop, film still, Courtesy of the artist and carlier | gebauer, Berlin/Madrid

Hamish Fulton, 35 Walks Map. Europe. 1971-2019, 2019, Print, 68,2 x 67,7 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin

Rahima Gambo, A Walk collage I, 2018, Digital Print on matte archival paper, Dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist

Birke Gorm, IOU, 2021, Wood, Dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist and Croy Nielsen, Vienna

Özlem Günyol & Mustafa Kunt, Male Subject & Female Subject, 2011, Video (color, sound), 1:25:00 h, film still, Courtesy of the artists

Fabian Herkenhoener, The overly dramatic truth, 2016, Video (color, sound), 12:16 min, film still, Courtesy of the artist

Jan Hostettler, Feet, 2016, more than 3,000 km on foot, winter, spring, and summer, cast lead, 30 × 13 × 10 cm, Courtesy of the artist

Minouk Lim, Portable Keeper, 2009, Video (color, sound), 12:53 min, Courtesy of the artist and Tina Kim Gallery, New York

Signe Pierce & Alli Coates, American Reflexxx, 2013, Video (color, sound), 14:02 min, film still, Courtesy of the artists and Annka Kultys Gallery, London

Miae Son, Moonwalk (beginner) tutorial, 2016, Drawing with music-box mechanism, sound: synth brass part of the song “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson, 20 × 20 × 10 cm, Courtesy of the artist / / VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2022

Catalog of the exhibition

The catalog of the exhibition WALK! is edited by Matthias Ulrich and Fiona Hesse with Marie Oucherif in a biligual edition (ger./engl.)

With contributions by David Le Breton, Dee Heddon, Morag Rose, Maggie O’Neill, Clare Qualmann, Harry Wilson, Matthew Law, Fiona Hesse, Marie Oucherif, Noora Pyyry with Ilari Leino, and a foreword by the director of Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Philipp Demandt.