This is 2024 at the SCHIRN! From hip-hop and art in the 21st century, to Selma Selman, the self-proclaimed "most dangerous artist in the world", to the Casablanca Art School and a major retrospective of Hans Haacke.


Melike Kara (b. 1985) creates spaces for remem­brance. With an exam­i­na­tion of her family roots as a point of depar­ture, Kara’s instal­la­tions raise ques­tions regarding iden­tity, migra­tion, and visi­bility. Taking as a basis her archive of photographs from various private sources, which has been growing contin­u­ously since 2014, the artist studies the visual culture of the Kurdish dias­pora. The artist is devel­oping a loca­tion-specific, exten­sive work for the Rotunda of the SCHIRN.

Melike Kara, Emine's Garden, 2023, Installation, detailed view, © Studio Kara

Coin­ciding with the 50th anniver­sary of the birth Hip Hop, the SCHIRN is dedi­cating a major inter­dis­ci­pli­nary exhi­bi­tion to Hip Hop’s profound influ­ence on our current art and cultural land­scape. Grounded on the origins of Hip Hop in the U.S., yet with a focus on art and music from the last twenty years, THE CULTURE features over 100 paint­ings, photographs, sculp­tures, and videos, as well as fashion and vinyl, by inter­na­tion­ally renowned contem­po­rary artists.

The exhi­bi­tion is co-orga­nized by the Balti­more Museum of Art and the Saint Louis Art Museum and is presented in collab­o­ra­tion with SCHIRN.

Monica Ikegwu, Open/Closed, 2021, Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Myrtis, © Monica Ikegwu
El Franco Lee II, DJ Screw in Heaven, 2008, Private Collection, Houston, © El Franco Lee II
Roberto Lugo, Street Shrine 1: A Notorious Story (Biggie), 2019 © Roberto Neal Santos, courtesy Wexler Gallery

Cosima von Bonin (b. 1962) creates trans­for­ma­tions of the everyday. With Feel­ings, the SCHIRN is presenting a unique scenario by Cosima von Bonin in which the artist contrasts recent works previ­ously unseen in Germany with well-known pieces. For her expan­sive exhi­bi­tions she draws on numerous refer­ences from popular culture as well as from film, fashion, music, and art. Evoking exhausted cuddly toys, soft fences, rockets, or cartoon figures like Daffy Duck and Bambi—Bonin combines a variety of protag­o­nists to form an ensemble, a commu­nity of social connec­tions.

Cosima von Bonin, PETIT SAINT BERNARD AVEC BOX (LINEN EYEPATCH VERSION), 2016 © Photo: Lena Deinhardstein / mumok
Cosima von Bonin, OPEN YOUR SHIRT PLEASE 9, 2019 © Photo: Omar Olguin

The SCHIRN is dedi­cating a major solo exhi­bi­tion to Selma Selman, presenting specially devel­oped new works. The artist advanced confi­dently and vigor­ously into the inter­na­tional art world just a few years ago, describing herself as “the world’s most dangerous artist.” Selman’s art describes impres­sively, and through a variety of media, auto­bi­o­graph­ical expe­ri­ences of discrim­i­na­tion, violence, patri­archy, and sexism.

Selma Selman, 2023 (c) the artist

Just a few years after Morocco gained inde­pen­dence in 1956, a vibrant center of cultural renewal devel­oped in Casablanca. With the exhi­bi­tion the SCHIRN is presenting the unique and influ­en­tial work of of this inno­v­a­tive school in a first major exhi­bi­tion, one that is long overdue.

An exhi­bi­tion orga­nized by SCHIRN, Tate St Ives, and Sharjah Art Foun­da­tion

Mohamed Melehi, Untitled 1983, Cellulose paint on wood, 150 x 200 cm, © Mohamed Melehi Estate / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023
Chaïbia Tallal, Cérémonie de Mariage (wedding ceremony), 1983, Oil on canvas, 180 x 180 cm, © The estate of the artist. Courtesy of private collection, Marrakesh

The SCHIRN is showing the first compre­hen­sive survey exhi­bi­tion in Germany of Carol Rama with works from all phases of her remark­able oeuvre. Sexu­ality, passion, disease, death— the Turin-based Italian artist dedi­cated her art to the great human themes and elemental expe­ri­ences. She is one of the outstanding artists of the modern age who achieved fame late in life. She remained inde­pen­dent of schools and artistic group­ings and created an uncon­ven­tional and yet highly personal body of work over the course of about sixty years.

Carol Rama, Appassionata, 1940, Courtesy of Fondazione Torino Musei (photo: Studio Fotografico Gonella)

Hans Haacke has shaped “polit­ical art” to a greater extent than any other artist of his gener­a­tion. Keen crit­i­cism of insti­tu­tions, polit­ical aware­ness, and an uncom­pro­mising defense of demo­c­ratic prin­ci­ples to the point of activism all char­ac­terize his approach. In a wide-ranging retro­spec­tive, the SCHIRN will be exam­ining Haacke’s influ­en­tial oeuvre from 1959 to the present day. With some 70 paint­ings, objects, photographs, and instal­la­tions, the exhi­bi­tion demon­strates how Haacke became one of the most impor­tant polit­ical artists on the inter­na­tional art stage.

An exhi­bi­tion orga­nized by SCHIRN in coop­er­a­tion with Belvedere, Vienna.

Hans Haacke, We (all) Are the People, 2003/2020 (Madrid) © Hans Haacke / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Photo: Steven Probert
Hans Haacke: All Connected, 2019. Exhibition view: New Museum, New York. Artwork: Grass Grows, 1967-69, © Hans Haacke / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023. Photo: Dario Lasagni


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