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.
NATALIE DJURBERG & HANS BERG
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.
JOHN M. ARMLEDER
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PREVIEW 2020: FANTASTIC WOMEN
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.