SEE EVERYTHING WITHOUT BEING SEEN – WELCOME TO THE ONLINE OPENING
We are pleased to invite you to the online opening of the exhibition WE NEVER SLEEP. Visit this page on Wednesday, 23 September at 7pm and watch the opening speeches live!
INA HARTWIG DEPUTY MAYOR FOR CULTURE OF FRANKFURT AM MAIN
PHILIPP DEMANDT DIRECTOR SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURT
CHRISTIAN STRENGER CHAIRMAN FREUNDE DER SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE E. V.
CRISTINA RICUPERO CURATOR OF THE EXHIBITION
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The SCHIRN is dedicating an international group exhibition to espionage with its power to fascinate, illuminating this theme as a current source of artistic inspiration. Although spies are presented as glamorous in popular culture, the information they obtain from covert campaigns is socially explosive. Espionage is linked to the unauthorized procurement of rare secrets or confidential information. While in the past national governments spied on individuals or states, in times of digital communication private individuals are now able to reveal hidden governmental secrets or whistleblowers can expose governments spying on their own citizens. This has created the perfect grounds for a renewed interest in the mechanisms of secrecy.
About 70 paintings, photographs, videos, sculptures, and installations address the topic from a contemporary perspective, with the works touching on aspects of espionage like surveillance, paranoia, conspiracy, threat, camouflage, cryptography, manipulation, or propaganda. On view are a multitude of artistic strategies and unexpected objects, exploring the “golden age” of espionage during the Cold War and in the context of media super-exposure.