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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

UNTIL 30.10.22: MICHEL MAJERUS. ZUM 20. TODESTAG

MICHEL MAJERUS. ZUM 20. TODESTAG
20.7. TO 30.10.22

buntes Bild gemalt von Michel MajerusMichel Majerus (*1967 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxemburg - 2002 in Niederanven, Luxemburg), Massnahmen..., 1994 Acryl auf Baumwolle, 2-tlg, gesamt 303 x 476 cm, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Leihgabe aus Privatbesitz

In his short lifetime – he died in an airplane accident at the age of only 35 – Michel Majerus (1967 to 2002) created one of the most picturesque works of the 1990s. Majerus combines in his paintings elements of Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. With playful ease, company logos, national flags, graphic elements from computer games, comic figures, street art offsets and other pictorial elements from a wide variety of sources in art, advertising and everyday life join in.

Michel Majerus thus creates a stream of images that is as light-footed as it is dense, which, like hardly an other, captures the attitude of a youth culture that was bursting into life at the turn of the millennium after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The Sprengel Museum Hannover is one of 13 museums in Germany that are presenting their entire holdings on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Michel Majerus’ death. All presentations will be documented in a joint publication. Solo exhibitions at Kunstwerke Berlin / KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Hamburger Kunstverein and Galerie Neugerriemschneider in Berlin, which represents his work and looks after his estate, complement this project to create the most comprehensive presentation of Michel Majerus’ work to date.

UNTIL 30.10.22: VOM BEGINNEN. 50 JAHRE SPECTRUM PHOTOGALERIE

VOM BEGINNEN. 50 JAHRE SPECTRUM PHOTOGALERIE
20.7. TO 30.10.22

Außenaufnahme Spectrum Photogalerie 1972Peter Gauditz, spectrum Photogalerie Hannover, Straßenansicht, 1972, © Peter Gauditz

In the 19 years of its existence, the spectrum Photogalerie Hannover, which opened on 7 April 1972, made a significant contribution to the reappraisal of photography. It has also been a lasting source of inspiration for the work of the Sprengel Museum Hannover. As the first non-commercial, association-run gallery in West Germany dedicated exclusively to photography, it was managed by (mostly) photographers acting on a voluntary basis.

In addition to Peter Gauditz, Joachim Giesel and Heinrich Riebesehl, who ensured continuity in the gallery‘s work for 19 years, the team in the early years included Karin Blüher, Wolfang Borges, Kurt Julius, Arnold Kloppenburg, Marc Theis and, from 1986, Thomas Weski. Municipal funding and numerous cooperations made about 90 exhibitions possible. These mainly showed contemporary Western European and US-American positions and also uncovered lines of photographic tradition buried during the National Socialist era.

In 1979, after its first years at Karmarschstrasse 4 and Holzmarktstrasse 6, the gallery relocated to the newly built Kunstmuseum Hannover with the Sprengel Collection, now the Sprengel Museum Hannover. After the gallery closed in 1991, a department dedicated specifically to photography was established under the direction of Thomas Weski in 1993.

Since 1994, the biennial SPECTRUM International Prize for Photography of the Stiftung Niedersachsen – one of the first and most prestigious international awards of its kind – has commemorated this early commitment. FROM THE BEGINNING, a presentation of works from the collections of the Sprengel Museum Hannover, focuses on photographic positions from the exhibition history of the spectrum Photogalerie. In key points, it also recounts the emancipation of a photography that increasingly asserted itself as a reality on its own, highly subjectively determined terms in the context of the fine arts.

UNTIL 30.10.22: VONOVIA AWARD FÜR FOTOGRAFIE. ZUHAUSE NO. 5

VONOVIA AWARD FÜR FOTOGRAFIE. ZUHAUSE NO. 5
20.7. TO 30.10.22

Fotografie zwei junge Männer aneinandergelehnt am Tisch sitzendJulia Autz, While I was waiting, 2017 / 19

What does „home“ mean to us in times of globalization and digitalization? Where and how do we experience the feeling of home? In our body? In certain clothes? In a particular landscape or cultural-geographical settings? In social ties? With familiar and beloved objects? We often experience the feeling of home particularly intensely ex negativo - when everything familiar and obvious is missing, when everything around us seems foreign.

Since the beginning the theme of the VONOVIA AWARD FÜR FOTOGRAFIE has been HOME - a broad topic affecting each and every one of us, and entailing many associations and experiences. The submitted works illustrate the diversity of these experiences associated with our feeling of home. They reflect the close relationships to our home as well as the painful alienation from this home. The reasons are numerous: leaving the parental home, moving to a new place, but also forced migration, displacement, the loss of home through war and violence.

In 2021 the award was issued for the fifth time. In the past five years certain focal points have emerged as a result of current events without limiting creativity and diversity. While migration and displacement featured in the first years, the Covid pandemic presented a whole new perspective on our homes. For the last two years our home has been shelter and a safe haven on the one hand, but at the same time confinement and social isolation on the other. Therefore many works show the conflicting feelings about our home.

For the first time in 2021 all four prizes were awarded to female artists. The exhibition of these prize winners and shortlisted participants will be extended in October with the four prize winners of the VONOVIA AWARD FÜR FOTOGRAFIE 2022.

UNTIL 11.9.22: CHRISTIANE MÖBUS. SEITWÄRTS ÜBER DEN NORDPOL

CHRISTIANE MÖBUS. SEITWÄRTS ÜBER DEN NORDPOL

SPRENGEL MUSEUM HANNOVER
30.4. TO 11.9.22

KUNSTVEREIN HANNOVER
30.4. TO 24.7.22

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Christiane Möbus, Schneewittchen, 1994 / 2007, MAN-LKW Fahrerhaus, Spoiler, Edelstahlstäbe, Tüll, ca. 310 x 270 x 390 cm; © Christiane Möbus / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, Foto: Mario Gastinger Photography, München

In celebration of her 75th birthday, the Kunstverein Hannover and the Sprengel Museum Hannover are jointly presenting a major retrospective of the artist Christiane Möbus. The exhibition spread across two buildings and covering an area of around 2,000 square metres brings together exhibits stretching from the early 1970s to new installations created by Möbus especially for this large-scale show.

“seitwärts über den Nordpol” (or “Sideways across the North Pole”) brings together works by an artist who looks at everyday life and life in general with a humorous and sometimes melancholic eye. Möbus’ work is characterised by a broad diversity of media; ranging from photographs and sculpture to cinematic and installation works, the show reflects Möbus’ oeuvre. The exhibition is conceived as a broad trail that sets works in thematic and formal dialogue. The accompanying, chronologically compiled catalogue, to be published four weeks after the exhibition opening, far transcends the scope of the works on show in the Sprengel Museum and Kunstverein Hannover and for the first time comprehensively documents Möbus’ life’s work.

The exhibition brings together phases in the sculptor’s output across the decades: “Over the last fifty years, Christiane Möbus has created a highly coherent oeuvre that is incredibly contemporary. It captivates with a unique humour that strikes home not only with language but also with her idiosyncratic combinations of materials. Large-format, almost monumental works have been brought together from all over Germany for this exhibition and now come together with exquisite small works that – though dating from different decades – open up excitingly charged dialogues,” says the former director of the Kunstverein Hannover, who has devised the cooperation with Reinhard Spieler and curated the exhibition as her last in Hannover.

The exhibits at the Kunstverein Hannover and the Sprengel Museum Hannover include the multi-ton truck “Schneewittchen”, a life-size levitating giraffe, which Möbus titles “Küsse vom König”, and fishing boats overladen with hay called “Rette sich wer kann”. Möbus transposes supposedly everyday things into new contexts by, for example, adding airy tulle fabric to the truck, causing the giraffe to lose its footing by letting it hover in space, and filling the boats with bales of hay. Curator Gabriele Sand says: “Möbus analyses nature and culture, her works are as simple as they are spectacular, her work is idiosyncratic and rebellious and defies hasty interpretation.” Alongside her output as an artist, exhibiting is part of her work process and involves constant weighing-up and rethinking, Sand adds. Möbus has been involved in the exhibition installations of both houses.

The curators Kathleen Rahn and Gabriele Sand state: “With this jointly conceived show of works, we pay tribute to a major contemporary artist who deserves great attention. With a German-English publication and this extensive exhibition, we also want to draw international attention to an artist from Hannover who set significant artistic standards early on – even as far as ‘sideways across the North Pole’!”

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

Born in Celle in 1947, Christiane Möbus lives today in Hannover and Berlin. From 1966 to 1970 she studied at Braunschweig University of Art under Emil Cimiotti. Guest professorships in Hamburg and Gothenburg followed. From 1982 to 1990 Möbus was a professor at Braunschweig University of Art, and from 1990 to 2014 at Berlin University of the Arts. From her many years of teaching, Möbus has been influential and formative for subsequent generations of artists. Her students have included, for example, Alicja Kwade and Julien Charrière. Möbus’ work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at home and abroad and has received awards, most recently the Hannah Höch Prize (2018).

PUBLICATION

The catalogue for the exhibition “Christiane Möbus. seitwärts über den Nordpol” will be published on 29 May 2022, and will be presented at a matinee in the Sprengel Museum Hannover. It brings together texts by Erich Franz, Till Julian Huss, Chus Martínez, Kathleen Rahn, Gabriele Sand, Inka Schube, Philip Ursprung, Timm Ulrichs and Henk Visch. Sponsored by the AKB Stiftung, the foundation of the Carl-Ernst Büchting family. Editors: Gabriele Sand and Benedikt Fahrnschon

EXHIBITION TITLE

The title “seitwärts über den Nordpol” comes from the poem with the same title that Möbus wrote in 1983:

30 August 1983 on the way from east to west
Summer of the century
For me it is winter even in summer.
I have been working for several years
On “ sideways across the North Pole“,
and there is
no hope yet of better weather.

UNTIL 25.2.24: ELEMENTARY PARTS. BASIC PARTS OF THE SPRENGEL MUSEUM HANNOVER AND ITS ART

ELEMENTARY PARTS. BASIC PARTS OF THE SPRENGEL MUSEUM HANNOVER AND ITS ART
13.4.19 TO 25.2.24

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The exhibition ELEMENTARY PARTS poses simple and obvious questions about art that nevertheless prove to be absolutely fundamental: What is art? What are works of art actually made of, which materials are used? Which formal languages do they employ? Which reality (or realities) do they refer to between the figurative, the abstract and the virtual? What is art about, what kind of narratives does it tell, and how does it reflect history? In nine themed rooms, the exhibition unfolds an impressive spectrum of the fundamental possibilities of the material, formal and expressive languages of art and its levels of meaning.

The main topics are colour, material, form/shape, realities, history/narratives, natural and human shaped spaces, strong emotions and finally faces, which ultimately reflect our image of human kind. The exhibition brings together a total of more than 150 works from painting, sculpture, drawing, graphic art and film/video (installation) – all part of the Sprengel Museum Hannover’s collection or on permanent loan. They cover a period stretching from the dawn of Modern Art at the beginning of the 20th century to the immediate present. The selection ranges from Max Beckmann, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger and Paul Klee via Louise Bourgeois, Sean Scully, Timm Ulrichs, Niki de Saint Phalle and Gerhard Richter to Marlene Dumas, Andrea Fraser, Bruce Nauman, Julian Charrière, Julius von Bismarck, Christoph Girardet and Julia Schmid.

At the beginning of the exhibition, a further room is dedicated to the Sprengel Museum Hannover itself, thematising the basic elements that make up the institution: What is the legal basis for relations between the museum and its sponsors, donors, (permanent) lenders and partners? What collections does it consist of? What departments are there and what are they each responsible for?

With ELEMENTARY PARTS, the Sprengel Museum Hannover is celebrating both the 50th anniversary of the donation of Bernhard and Margrit Sprengel and the 40th year of the museum’s existence.

Unfortunately, the entire basement (Kosmos Schwitters incl. Merzbau and Kabinett der Abstrakten, Grafik, Sprengel Foto, Sprengel Focus, Museumsplatz) is not accessible until further notice due to fire protection renovation measures.


 Welcome to the Sprengel Museum Hannover

The Sprengel Museum Hannover with its comprehensive permanent collection and diverse temporary exhibitions ranks among the most important museums of 20th and 21st century art.

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Sprengel Museum Hannover
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The MERZ bookshop offers an extensive range of specialist books and magazines from the fields of art, photography, architecture and design as well as children's books, antiquarian books, non-book articles and a large selection of high-quality art prints and art postcards.

 

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For over 20 years the restaurant bell´ARTE with its young fresh kitchen with Italian accent offers the perfect culinary addition to the museum visit. The restaurant has over 80 restaurant seats as well as 30 winter garden seats with the best view of the Maschsee. On sunny days the large terrace with 140 seats invites you to enjoy the sun into the evening hours.

Tuesday to Friday there are constantly changing, inexpensive lunch menus on offer.

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