The Conditions of Being Art (oder der Amateur)

Third part of the exhibition cycle "DEINE KUNST" by Michael Müller 19 October 2019 - 23 February 2020

The Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg was opened on 20 October 1974. On the occasion of the 45th anniversary, the Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg has invited the Berlin-based artist Michael Müller to curate an experimental new presentation of its collection that lasts two years and presents the collection in several successive versions. The collection is presented in the form of an extraordinary "solo exhibition", a polyphonic installation by Michael Müller.

Works by artists such as Art & Language, Francis Bacon, Franz Beckmann, Angela Bulloch, Walter Dahn, Alberto Giacometti, Asger Jorn, Ilya Kabakov, KOAK, Vlado Martek, Ludwig Meidner, Blinky Palermo, A. R. Penck, Arnulf Rainer, Daniel Spoerri, Elaine Sturtevant and Timm Ulrichs will be discussed.

Dates

  • 06. February 2019 11.00 cet
    Press conference first version
  • 08. February 2019 18.00 cet
    Opening first version:

    DIE KRISE DER STÄDTISCHEN GALERIE WOLFSBURG:
    Lösung oder Auflösung / DER LIQUIDATOR

    The Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg maintains an active dialogue with artists. For the new presentation of the collection, the Berlin-based artist Michael Müller was invited to examine the collection and make a personal selection from the collection. In the west wing of Wolfsburg Castle, he conceived an exciting installation that runs counter to expectations. Habits of seeing and thinking are challenged. Over a period of two years, the collection will be placed in new contexts in several surprising versions.

    The first version will be available until 7 April 2019.

  • 17. May 2019 12.00 cet
    Press conference second version
  • 18. May 2019 19.00 cet
    Opening of the second version:

    The Art(ist) is Present / DER TOD DES AUTORS WIRD NICHT ZUGELASSEN

    Like the opening version of the cycle from early February to early April, the second exhibition remains strangely empty. On the walls in the west wing of the castle there are small title plates containing information on individual works (obligatory, as always). Name, title, year, dimensions, materials, etc. are listed soberly and in many cases supplemented by a number given to the work in the accompanying audio guide. The audio guide is at the centre of the greatly reduced presentation. What's the matter with you? Because the work he's supposed to be accompanying is missing. The works will not be shown. The imagination of the visitors* is in demand, the exhibition is created in the mind. A wonderful experiment.

    Works are discussed among other things by Art & Language, Francis Bacon, Franz Beckmann, Angela Bulloch, Walter Dahn, Alberto Giacometti, Asger Jorn, Ilya Kabakov, KOAK, Vlado Martek, Ludwig Meidner, Blinky Palermo, A. R. Penck, Arnulf Rainer, Daniel Spoerri, Elaine Sturtevant and Timm Ulrichs.

    The second version can be heard until 6 October 2019.

  • 17. October 2019 11.00 cet
    Press conference third version
  • 19. October 2019 19.00 cet
    Opening of the third version:

    The Conditions of Being Art (oder der Amateur)

    Duration of the third version from 19 October 2019 to 23 February 2020.

    The Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg was opened on 20 October 1974. On the occasion of the 45th anniversary, the Berlin-based artist Michael Müller was invited to curate an experimental new presentation of the collection. The artist shows an exhibition cycle that extends over a period of two years and presents the collection in several successive versions.

    Speaking at the opening:

    Susanne Pfleger, Director Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg

    Ingolf Viereck, Mayor of the City of Wolfsburg

    Dennis Weilmann, Department Head for Economy, Digital and Culture

    In his Wolfsburg project "DEINE KUNST" Michael Müller deals intensively with the collection and exhibition situation of the Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg and in this context focuses on original and copy: the co-existence, juxtaposition and opposition of the individual and the adopted, originality and reference to tradition, style and quotation, homage and plagiarism. He arranges, sorts and creates completely new and surprising covers. Vacancies and crisis situations also play a role and invite discussion.

    On the occasion of the anniversary of the Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, the third version of the unusual exhibition cycle "DEINE KUNST" will be opened and the artist curator Michael Müller will use selected works from the holdings of his own collection as an opportunity to experiment with the conditions and possibilities of exhibiting, to isolate, examine and vary individual parameters. How are works of art presented? How do the space and the environment influence the works? Is there a "law of good neighbourliness" (Warburg) or are all works "the mortal enemy" of all others (Adorno)? Like the exhibition cycle as a whole, "The Conditions of Being Art (oder der Amateur)" thus poses the question of the complex and fascinating interrelationship between the works, as well as the relationship between work and artist, artist and curator, curator and audience, who meet in the exhibition spaces in a variety of ways. The artist is represented, among other things, by the signature and the self-portrait, in other words means of authentication that could hardly be more different. In contrast, the focus is on a rarely noticed form of demarcation: the framework that surrounds the works and limits authorship. Where does the work stop? Where does the frame start? What happens when the frame becomes the work? The special significance of neighbourhood for the effect of the individual works (their co-existence, juxtaposition and opposition on the wall or in space) forms the last major focus of the exhibition, which shows how the works can influence and even diffuse into one another. The works presented are those that came up in the second version of the cycle in the form of an audio guide, i.e. that could only be heard and not seen. They will (let me tell you this much) not be curated without problems this time either. Especially the disturbances show what else works. The exceptions show the rules.

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