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Haus der Kunst - 2021 Program Preview

Written by Andrea Lissoni,

At Haus der Kunst, we see the arts as a form of empowerment, a necessary upcycling force, a fundamental mode of transmission of the historical dimension of contemporaneity. Haus der Kunst’s 2021 program sprouts from different ways of conceiving, making, and exhibiting art. It interrogates artistic, social and cultural structures, it imagines what may exist beyond them. It sprouts across, beyond, through histories, nations, and genders. The program feeds from the transformative potential of bodies in space and the energy produced by togetherness, inclusion, sharing, and care. It is attentive to how languages and expressions are intertwined with radical social transformations and welcomes emancipatory forms of expression as performance, dance, and sound, embracing their fleetingness. Music in particular brings the program together by generating intense moments of attunement and collective experience. The processes of twisting and tweaking, composing and recomposing will permeate the transformative pathway of Haus der Kunst throughout 2021, towards a softening of internal and external spaces, hierarchies, stereotypes and towards the city and that environment in transformation we still call world.

Phyllida Barlow. frontier
05.03 - 25.07.21

Phyllida Barlow, untitled: 11 awnings, 2013, Collection of the artist, London © Paul Crosby
Phyllida Barlow, untitled: 11 awnings, 2013, Collection of the artist, London © Paul Crosby

With this major retrospective of the work of British sculptor Phyllida Barlow (*1944), Haus der Kunst 2021 opens a series of exhibitions in the museum’s East Wing dedicated to contemporary female voices.
"frontier" offers an important opportunity to encounter Barlow’s remarkable challenges of the limits and thresholds of sculptural practice. Featuring several new site-specific works, alongside key pieces from exhibitions from the past two decades, and a vast selection of works on paper, "frontier" is a testament to Barlow’s lifelong dedication to exploring the formal and material possibilities of sculpture across multiple media. The exhibition foregrounds the manner in which her sculptural practice questions the structures of the objects that exist in the world.

Felix Brenner, Andreas Maus, Kar Hang Mui. euward8
30.04 - 27.06.21

euward8, KarHang Mui, Kunstwerk (ohne Titel), Preisträger des euward8. © Augustinum / Barbara Donaubauer
euward8, KarHang Mui, Kunstwerk (ohne Titel), Preisträger des euward8. © Augustinum / Barbara Donaubauer

In 2021, Haus der Kunst welcomes the winners of the "euward European Award for Painting and Graphic Arts". Since 2000, the Augustinum Foundation has awarded the "euward" triennially, honoring artists working in the context of intellectual disability and contributing to their visibility and recognition. Felix Brenner (*1955) creates wall-sized, symbolically charged image installations in which he represents his life as a kind of assemblage of events. Andreas Maus’ (*1964) pencil and ballpoint drawings tell of human abysses, suffering, persecution, and torture in all phases of recent German history. In his diary-like artist’s books, he reflects exclusion and its consequences. In the vibrantly expressive pencil drawings of Kar Hang Mui (* 1989), the distinctions between landscape and architecture, abstraction and figuration, reality and transcendence seem to be blurred. The artist’s fantastic dream worlds are permeated by his finely-textured lines.

Sweat
11.06.21 - 09.01.22

Daniel Lind-Ramos, Con-junto (The Ensemble), 2015, Photo: Pierre Le Hors
Daniel Lind-Ramos, Con-junto (The Ensemble), 2015, Photo: Pierre Le Hors

The result of two years of intensive research, "Sweat" brings together more than 20 artistic voices that respond to several conditions of political pressure. The artistic positions range from present-day to pioneering works from the 1970s and ‘80s that mobilized feminist and postcolonial movements in art and society, opening up historical perspectives on artistic languages that were embedded in forms of radical social emancipation. "Sweat" is traversed by unique poetics of pleasure and polyphony. These counter politics of enmity and exclusion through the creation of sensual acts of self-determination and the materialization of stories that have hitherto been silenced and rendered invisible.

With: Pacita Abad, Cecilia Bengolea, Mohamed Bourouissa, chameckilerner, Mary Beth Edelson, Philipp Gufler, Sunil Gupta, Eisa Jocson, Isaac Julien, Natalia LL, Daniel Lind-Ramos, MAHKU (Movement of Huni Kuin Artists), Mulambö, António Ole, Santiago Reyes, Tabita Rezaire, Michele Rizzo, Guadalupe Rosales, Jacolby Satterwhite, Tschabalala Self, Tuesday Smillie, João Pedro Vale & Nuno Alexandre Ferreira, Leandro Vieira, Kaylene Whiskey, Zadie Xa

Heidi Bucher. Metamorphoses
17.09.21 - 16.01.22

Skin Room (Rick‘s Nursery, Lindgut Winterthur), 1987, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich
Skin Room (Rick‘s Nursery, Lindgut Winterthur), 1987, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich

Heidi Bucher (*1923, †1993) is a key representative of the international neo-avant-gardes, whose sculptural latex-works combine the art of modernism with that of the present. "Metamorphoses" presents her performative and simultaneously material concept of sculpture. She took possession of spaces and objects by applying liquid rubber to surfaces and skinning them. With these radical material transformations, she explored human forms of existence and their embedding in social and private power structures. "Metamorphoses" exhibits Bucher’s artistic beginnings, her experimental period in New York and Los Angeles, her main work of architectural and human skinning, and poetic material collages. The long preparation of this over 100 works retrospective has brought to light unknown works as well as source materials that highlight Bucher’s significance alongside acknowledged fellow artists.

Music Program
2021 onwards

Music will be an integral part of Haus der Kunst’s program. The Music Program will host monthly residencies for international and national artists working with sound and music. It will bring together sonic practices and weave their histories and traditions into present and future worlds, engaging with new feelings and critical ideas and inviting audiences to experience unique aural acts installed and performed across the museum’s various spaces.

HDK Summer Sessions
July 2021

The "HDK Summer Sessions" are a hybrid exhibition model exploring different notions of liveness, consisting of time-based, performative and sonic practices that resonate with the existing exhibitions, transcending the institution’s walls into the city and the digital realm. The first "Summer Session" explores music and dance’s ways of caring for the self and of reinserting historical legacies into contemporary popular culture through film screenings, concerts, dance performances, and newly commissioned audio-visual works.

Super BOOKS
July 2021

Haus der Kunst, Super BOOKS 2019, Photo: Malte Wandel
Haus der Kunst, Super BOOKS 2019, Photo: Malte Wandel

Haus der Kunst will host the second edition of "Super BOOKS". Over three days, more than 50 international artists, designers, and independent publishers will show their publications in the Terrace Hall of the museum.