05 January 2019

Happy New Year! An overview of the upcoming exhibitions at the SCHIRN 2019.



14 February – 12 May 2019

The new year begins with an exhi­bi­tion presenting the monu­mental late oeuvre of Austrian artist Bruno Gironcoli. The Austrian is one of the most important sculptors of his generation. Beginning in the early 1960s, drawing on his never-ending inventive voracity he created a highly idiosyncratic and remarkable oeuvre rendered in a very personal and individual visual language. As if derived from a theater of the absurd or a surreal dream world, the gigantic objects seem to be proto­types for a new species, enveloped in shining, seduc­tive surfaces of gold, silver, and copper.

Bruno Gironcoli, Installationsansicht, 2018, Photo: Hans Christian Krass


28 February  – 26 May 2019

A Journey Through Mud and Confusion with Small Glimpses of Air is the title of an exhi­bi­tion of the work by the Swedish artist duo Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg. With some 40 video and sound works from the past two decades, their works can be seen for the first time in Germany in an exten­sive survey. Through the inter­play of sculp­ture, moving pictures, and sound, the viewers get caught up in a mael­strom that is virtu­ally impos­sible to resist.

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, One Need Not Be a House, The Brain Has Corridors, 2018 © Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018


7 June – 1 September 2019

In summer, Swiss concept, perfor­mance and object artist John M. Armleder will develop new, expan­sive instal­la­tions espe­cially for the exhi­bi­tion CIRCA, CIRCA, that he will present both in and outside of the Schirn. He blends chance and planning, and in many cases exhibition visitors are actively included in the artistic process. Armleder combines high culture and everyday life, profundity and triviality to produce an ambivalent and unique involvement.

John M. Armleder, An ancient pond, 2014, Courtesy of the Artist and Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin, Photo: Jan Windszus, Berlin


19 June – 8 Septem­ber 2019

At the same time as John M. Armleder, BIG ORCHESTRA is dedi­cating an exhi­bi­tion to sound in contem­po­rary art. The international group show will present artworks that also perform as musical instru­ments by inter­na­tional artists such as Doug Aitken, Nevin Aladağ, Tarek Atoui, Constantin Luser, Chris­tian Marclay, Caro­line Mesquita, Rie Naka­jima, Naama Tsabar and David Zink Yi. For the duration of the show, the Schirn will become a temporary concert hall in which the works are activated and visitors can experience their sound live.

Carsten Nicolai, bausatz noto ∞ (color version), 1998/2015, Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin, Photo: Julija Stankeviciene


26 Septem­ber 2019 – 12 January 2020

With her monu­mental tapes­tries artist Hannah Ryggen created a powerful, polit­ical inspired oeuvre. On the occa­sion of Norway’s turn as Guest of Honor at the Frank­furt Book Fair in 2019, the Schirn is dedi­cating the Swedish-Norwe­gian artist a major mono­graphic exhi­bi­tion that will provide the first in-depth insight into her oeuvre to the German public. With the about 25 tapestries presented, Ryggen takes on the fundamental issues of life in our society: the atrocities of war, the abuse of power, the dependence on nature and the relation to family as well as fellow men and women. 

Hannah Ryggen, Livet glir forbi/Life passes by, 1939 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Photo: Jørn Hagen


11 Octo­ber 2019 – 12 January 2020

High­light of the year is the major retro­spec­tive of Lee Krasner – a pioneer of Abstract Expres­sionism in the United States. The Schirn is presenting nearly 100 works, including paint­ings, collages, and draw­ings as well as films and photographs, and will tell the story of one of the most single-minded artists of the twen­tieth century. The exhi­bi­tion includes works from Krasner’s entire oeuvre, which spans more than half a century, and assem­bles loans from inter­na­tional public and private collec­tions. The exhibition is curated and organised by Barbican Centre, London in collaboration with Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern and the Guggenheim, Bilbao. 

Lee Krasner, Portrait in Green, 1969 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018 & The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, courtesy Kasmin Gallery, New York, Photo: Diego Flores


Also in 2019 national and inter­na­tional film and video artists will present in the DOUBLE FEATURE a work from their own oeuvre, followed by a film of their choice – on the last Wednesday of every month. The monthly program sees itself as a platform for various trends and forms of expression in film and video art production. For more than six years, the DOUBLE FEATURE has invited national and international film and video artists to present a work from their own oeuvre.


13 February – 24 May 2020

Goddess, she-devil, doll, fetish, nymphet, or wonderful dream creature—women were the central subject matter of Surrealist male fantasies. It was often only in the role of companion or model that female artists could succeed in penetrating the circle surrounding André Breton, the founder of the group of Surrealists. However, upon closer examination it becomes evident that the participation of women artists in the movement was considerably larger than is generally known or reported. The exhibition FANTASTIC WOMEN therefore addresses the female contribution to Surrealism.

Frida Kahlo, The little Deer, 1946 © Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museum Trust / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago