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Harte Zeiten / Ciężkie Czasy

Harte Zeiten / Ciężkie Czasy II
25.09. — 07.11.2021, Opening 24. September, 19 Uhr

Elisabeth Bereznicki (DE), Isa Dahl (DE), Marta Filipiak i Łukasz Owczarzak (PL), Piotr Grodzki (PL), Jan Jansen (DE), Ulrika Jäger (DE), Krzysztof Nowicki (PL), Grzegorz Pleszyński (PL), Stefanie Reling-Burns (DE), Marta Szymielewicz (PL).

Harte Zeiten/Ciężkie Czasy is a Polish-German project which aims to promote dialogue and cooperation through exhibitions, studio visits and a symposium. Behind it is the desire, at a time of an increasingly acute political and social climate, to highlight – as a counter-balance – common European values based on humanist traditions. Art is always a reflection of social attitudes.

 

It also raises questions and stimulates reflection, for example on how we, both as individuals and as a society at large, can meet the challenges of the present and the future. The twenty artists taking part in the project address the theme of Harte Zeiten / Ciężkie Czasy in an extremely diverse way – from isolation, the search for identity and belonging to social groups, through homeland, Europe and environmental degradation, to the ability to navigate the world of information and progressive social change. The artists were selected through an open call for participation. The exhibitions and accompanying events are also a great opportunity to expand contacts between institutions and artists from Bydgoszcz and Mannheim, which have been partner cities for thirty years now, and to continuously develop Polish-German cooperation.

 

Harte Zeiten / Ciężkie Czasy is the fruit of the collaboration between Municipal Gallery bwa in Bydgoszcz, Künstlerbund Baden-Württemberg and PORT25 – Raum für Gegenwartskunst in Mannheim. The team working on the project: Kim Behm, Simone Demandt, Agnieszka Gorzaniak, Karolina Leśnik-Patelczyk, Clemens Ottnad, Yvonne Vogel, Julia Wenz (jury), Tomasz Zieliński. A total of twenty artists (ten Polish and ten German) present their work as part of this project, with each exhibition featuring the work of five Polish and five German artists.

 

The project Harte Zeiten / Ciężkie Czasy takes place under the honorary patronage of the Mayor of Bydgoszcz, Rafał Bruski, and under the patronage of the Mayor of Mannheim, Dr. Peter Kurz. Honorary patronage was also taken by the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr Jarosław Włodzimierz Kuropatwiński.

SYMPOSIUM HARTE ZEITEN / CIĘŻKIE CZASY available here.

 360-Grad-Rundgang durch die Ausstellung  
- Harte Zeiten / Ciężkie Czasy II 

 Video zur Ausstellung 
Harte Zeiten
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Harte Zeiten / Ciężkie Czasy


Harte Zeiten / Ciężkie Czasy I
31.07. — 12.09.2021, Eröffnung am 30. Juli, 19 Uhr

Julia Braciszewska (PL), Tomasz Dobiszewski (PL), Kuba Elwertowski (PL), Uwe Ernst (DE), Martina Geiger-Gerlach (DE), Sophie Innmann (DE), Tanja Niederfeld (DE),  Dorota Ścisła (PL), Katinka Theis (DE), Sebastian Trzoska (PL). 

Harte Zeiten / Ciężkie Czasy ist ein deutsch-polnisches Projekt, das mit Ausstellungen, Atelierbesuchen und einem Symposium auf Dialog und Austausch ausgerichtet ist. Dahinter steht der Wunsch, in Zeiten, in denen das politische und gesellschaftliche Klima spürbar rauer wird, die gemeinsamen europäischen Werte vor dem Hintergrund humanistischer Traditionen als Gegengewicht zu betonen. Kunst ist immer ein Spiegel der Gesellschaft.

 

Darüber hinaus wirft die Kunst aber auch Fragen auf oder regt zur Reflektion an, zum Beispiel über die Frage, wie wir als Individuen ebenso wie als Gesellschaft die Herausforderungen der Gegenwart und der Zukunft bewältigen können. Die 20 beteiligten Künstlerinnen und Künstler greifen das Thema Harte Zeiten / Ciężkie Czasy in ihren Werken ganz unterschiedlich auf – die Themen reichen von Vereinzelung, Identitätssuche und sozialen Gruppen über Heimat, Europa und Umweltzerstörung bis hin zum Umgang mit Informationen oder dem gesellschaftlichen Wandel. Ausgewählt wurden die Künstlerinnen und Künstler über offene Ausschreibungen. Die Ausstellungen und die begleitenden Veranstaltungen sind auch eine Gelegenheit, die Kontakte zwischen Institutionen und Künstlerinnen und Künstlern in Bydgoszcz und Mannheim, die seit 30 Jahren eine Städtepartnerschaft haben, auszubauen und die deutsch-polnische Zusammenarbeit kontinuierlich weiterzuentwickeln. 

Harte Zeiten / Ciężkie Czasy ist eine Kooperation der Galeria Miejska bwa in Bydgoszcz, des Künstlerbundes Baden-Württemberg und des PORT25 – Raum für Gegenwartskunst in Mannheim. Die Ausstellungen finden parallel im PORT25-Raum für Gegenwartskunst in Mannheim und in der Galeria Miejska bwa in Bydgoszcz statt. Nach dem ersten Teil tauschen die Ausstellungen die Präsentationsorte – die in Mannheim gezeigte Ausstellung wird in Bydgoszcz präsentiert, während die in Bydgoszcz gezeigte Ausstellung nach Mannheim reisen wird. Insgesamt 20 Künstlerinnen und Künstler präsentieren ihre Werke im Projekt. 

Ein dreisprachiger Katalog wird am Ende des Projekts veröffentlicht. 

Das Projekt Harte Zeiten / Ciężkie Czasy steht unter der Schirmherrschaft des Mannheimer Oberbürgermeisters Dr. Peter Kurz und des Stadtpräsidenten von Bydgoszcz, Rafał Bruski

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 360-Grad-Rundgang durch die Ausstellung  
- Harte Zeiten / Ciężkie Czasy I 

 Video zur Ausstellung 
Harte Zeiten
Ciężkie Czasy I 
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Edgar Lissel & Claus Stolz

20.03. — 20.06.2021

Lichtecht

Edgar Lissel & Claus Stolz

March 20, 2021 — June 20, 2021

digital opening: March 19, 2021 — 7 p.m.

 

What is photography, in actual fact? This question, among others, is pursued by Edgar Lissel and Claus Stolz. Following entirely different paths, both explore the basic concept and the limits of the photographic, combining media archaeology approaches with contemporary technologies as they do so.


Edgar Lissel (*1965 in Northeim, lives in Vienna) follows a strongly conceptual approach. For example, he converts entire living spaces into pinhole cameras, so that the upside-down picture of the urban exterior on the image’s surface merges with the silhouettes of the furnishings inside. Alternatively, he avails himself of biological phenomena by using certain photosensitive bacteria in the image creation process. The growth process of these bacteria colonies makes pictures visible that would not be reproducible, since in a sense, under the artist’s guidance, they arose through the interplay of light, time, motion and space. Behind this there is a querying of photographic processes, within which Edgar Lissel abolishes the distance between himself and the photographic event that would result from the use of a camera, for instance. 


Whereas Edgar Lissel thus evinces a comprehensible closeness and directness to the photographic image, with Claus Stolz (*1963 in Mannheim, resides there likewise) the image bridges sometimes inconceivable distances: In his “Sunburns” there is nothing, apart from a lens that concentrates the sunlight, between the light source and the photographic material. An occurrence extended across approximately 150 kilometres becomes visible in its microscopic effect. This is a radical form of analogue photography, in which the artist plans the controlled fortuity, launches, observes and halts the process. Claus Stolz is committed to photographic experiments with material; the illustrative function immanent in photography is an incidental aspect to him. This latter comes to bear in his series “Kammerspiel”, however. What appears to be precise sharply photographed, luminously colourful blossoms against a dark ground reveals itself as bizarre still life arrangements. 

The exhibition is sponsored and supported by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Wüttemberg within the framework of the impulse program "Kunst trotz Abstand":

 


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Deltabeben

 

29. November 2020 — 28. Februar 2021
digitale Eröffnung: 12. Dezember 2020

Deltabeben. Regionale 2020

In cooperation with the Kunsthalle Mannheim and the Kunstverein Mannheim

November 29, 2020 — February 28, 2021

 

Every two years, and for the sixth time in 2020, the "Deltabeben" will take place - alternately in Mannheim and Ludwigshafen: A joint exhibition project of the institutions for contemporary art. In the meantime, it has become a continuous overview show of art in the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, which shows and documents the artistic diversity again and again. The participating artists* come from all parts of the region between Mannheim, Mainz, Heidelberg and Karlsruhe. Their spectrum ranges from photography, painting, sculptural and installation works to video and performance art. It is not possible to apply for participation, but a changing team of experts from the art scene is asked to propose two artists* each. There is no age limit, but the artists should live and work in the region, because the "Deltabeben" also serves to promote exchange and networking between the individual smaller art scenes in the region. "Deltabeben. Regionale 2020" shows once again how urban and diverse the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region is with its artists* and their art.

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Crisis? What Crisis?

 

Doris Erbacher, Martin Gerwers,
Sophie Innmann, Jonas Maas, Franziska Reinbothe

19. September – 08. November 2020

Eröffnung am 18. September 2020 — 19 Uhr 

Crisis? What Crisis? 

Positionen of Expanded Painting 

Doris Erbacher, Martin Gerwers, Sophie Innmann, Jonas Maas, Franziska Reinbothe
September 19 – November​ 08, 2020

Painting’s crisis is evoked by critics and curator with reliable regularity. Amid all this, artists simply continue to paint; no trace of any crisis.

 

That being said, the boundaries of the conventional canvas were overstepped long ago – painting reaches out into the room, it becomes an object, an installation, a released colour. Not even a brush is necessarily needed, for after all, every material has a colour and structure already, painterly values, therefore. In the exhibition, artistic positions are on show that pursue abstract or objectless approaches and probe the space using different strategies.

 

Doris Erbacher, like Martin Gerwers, sounds out the relationship between colour, shape, light and space. Both occasionally convey their picture carrier into three-dimensional sculpture, and viewers actively moving about the room are called for in every case. Only from various angles and with the play of light and shadow does the actual painterly aspect reveal itself.

Jonas Maas combines rectangular modules to form a picture that uses spacers to hang in front of, rather than on, the wall. At the same time, clearances remain between the individual panels – picture and wall engage with each other.

Franziska Reinbothe goes one step further the moment the picture is about to be finished: She breaks or saws up the stretcher frame, folds or sews up the canvas and thus gives the picture a new, often sculptural form.

Sophie Innmann usually works location-specifically and makes space an integral component of her works. Contingency, the traces of human actions, and time are often determining factors of her works.

 

In all these works, genre boundaries are blurred; the surface – space – viewer relationship always plays a central role. And yet painterly issues are in the foreground.

 

Doris Erbacher, *1953, lives and works in Heidelberg and Mannheim. Erbacher studied from 1974-80 at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart, from 1986-91 she directed the Kunstraum Erbacher in Mannheim, and from 1992 until 2009 she lived as an artist and filmmaker in Berlin.

Martin Gerwers, *1963 lives and works in Düsseldorf. From 1984-89 Gerwers studied Visual Communication at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences and subsequently from 1989-93 at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. From 2015 until 2018 he held a visiting professorship at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Sophie Innmann, *1986 lives and works in Karlsruhe and everywhere in the world, since her works mostly arise in situ. From 2007 until 2014 she studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe.

Jonas Maas, *1985 lives and works in Düsseldorf, 2010-14 studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.

Franziska Reinbothe, *1980 lives and works in Leipzig, from 2005 until 2013 she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig.

 

GUIDED TOURS

Thursday, 29 October 2020, 6 p.m. with Konstantin Weber