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!

WELCOME
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.
INTRODUCTION
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.

SUPPORTED BY

STADT FRANK­FURT

SCHIRN FREUNDE

 

FURTHER SUPPORT

MONDRIAAN FUND

PRO HELVETIA