Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Current

Ren Hang

27/10/2017 — 07/01/2018

Ren Hang, Privatloan, © Estate of Ren Hang
Ren Hang, Privatloan, © Estate of Ren Hang
Ren Hang, Privatloan, © Estate of Ren Hang
Ren Hang, Privatloan, © Estate of Ren Hang
Ren Hang, Privatloan, © Estate of Ren Hang
Ren Hang, Privatloan, © Estate of Ren Hang
Ren Hang, Privatloan, © Estate of Ren Hang
Ren Hang, Privatloan, © Estate of Ren Hang
Ren Hang, Privatloan, © Estate of Ren Hang
Ren Hang, Privatloan, © Estate of Ren Hang
Ren Hang, Privatloan, © Estate of Ren Hang
Ren Hang, Privatloan, © Estate of Ren Hang

The photographs of Chinese artist Ren Hang (1987-2017) thrive on their unbashful and provocative visual appeal. The images communicate through poetic, political, as well as humorous imagery. To this date, the artist’s polarizing photographs were only scarcely presented in Germany’s museums. The MdbK is now providing an all-encompassing insight into Ren Hang’s oeuvre, the first global exhibition of this sort ever since the artist’s suicide this year.

Devotee of analog photography, Ren captures with his straightforward tool stories of vulnerability, yearning, fear and loneliness, giving an impression of China’s younger generation.

The photographer invariably depicts young women and men, often models from his own circle of friends. His work bears the mark of explicit but always elegant eroticism. Through nude poses, acrobatic postures, and immediate eye contact with the camera’s lens, the photographs speak directly to us as if to say: We are present. We are confident. We will not be oppressed. These individuals represent the stalking rebellion of the young Chinese generations against the obsolete norms and morals of their parental generations. It is a profoundly aesthetic rebellion of exposed bodies, the flexibility and creative shapes of which seem to approximate abstract sculptures that do not allow a libidinous regard. The models are anonymous, the pictures without title and date. Every photograph insists on omnipresence.

Apart from Ren Hang’s affiliation with analog photography, he was also a skilful ‘digital native’ who knew how to reach out to the public through social media. Uploading his art on websites and networks such as Facebook, Instagram and Flickr, he drew attention towards his photographs and found hundreds of thousands of followers. This was much to the dissatisfaction of Chinese government censors, which resulted in a ban on Ren’s exhibitions within China, as well as the deactivation of his social media accounts and several detentions.

Opening of the exhibition: 26th of October, at 6 pm

Ren Hang, Privatloan, © Estate of Ren Hang
Ren Hang, Privatloan, © Estate of Ren Hang
Ren Hang, Privatloan, © Estate of Ren Hang
Ren Hang, Privatloan, © Estate of Ren Hang
Current

Ayşe Erkmen & Mona Hatoum

Displacements/Entortungen

18/11/2017 — 18/02/2018

The MdbK exhibition “Displacements/ Entortungen” initiates a dialogue between the work of two internationally renowned artists, Ayşe Erkmen (Istanbul) and Mona Hatoum (Beirut), in an unprecedented joint exhibition.

Mona Hatoum, Hot Spot III, 2009,  Sammlung Goetz, Munich, installation view Fondazione Querini Stampalia Onlus, Venice, © Mona Hatoum (Photo © Agostino Osio). Courtesy Fondazione Querini Stampalia Onlus, Venice
Mona Hatoum, Hot Spot III, 2009, Sammlung Goetz, Munich, installation view Fondazione Querini Stampalia Onlus, Venice, © Mona Hatoum (Photo © Agostino Osio). Courtesy Fondazione Querini Stampalia Onlus, Venice
Upcoming

Formation 7

1st act, Hunt

06/12/2017 — 01/01/2018

With awareness of fundamental questions that arise today, the project group Formation 7 was formed in 2017. It consists of 6 artists living in Leipzig, Germany: Anja Heymann, Marie Carolin Knoth, Mandy Kunze, Petra Polli, Oskar Rink and Susanne Wurlitzer. Once a year, they relate their own work to a jointly chosen 7th artistic position.

Carl Borromäus Andreas Ruthart, Bärenhetze, O.J. (17th. century), Maximilian Speck von Sternburg Foundation
Carl Borromäus Andreas Ruthart, Bärenhetze, O.J. (17th. century), Maximilian Speck von Sternburg Foundation
12/01 — 02/04/2018

Carina Brandes
Between Hounds and Wolves

12/01 — 02/04/2018

Brandes’ analogue photographs taken in the twilight zone feature a surreal atmosphere through unusual angles of perspective and a feminist point of view.

12/01 — 08/04/2018

Light

12/01 — 08/04/2018

Anna-Eva Bergman fuses the experience of Nordic scenery and light in most abstract paintings of original shape and composition, and of sophisticated simplicity. A focused selection of 20 pieces will offer insight into the artist’s late work, which was produced during the period from 1973 up until Bergman’s death in Antibes. 

12/01 — 08/04/2018

Virtual Normality
Female Net Artists 2.0

12/01 — 08/04/2018
07/03 — 21/05/2018

Christoph Meier

07/03 — 21/05/2018

Artist Christoph Meiers' creative inspiration behind his sculptural artworks is informed by both functional and social aspects. Performance art for him is an experimental play, which engages the viewer and guides his perception. His works demand imagination and interaction, as one can experience by example of the ferris wheel in Leipzig.

07/03 — 16/09/2018

Edith Karlson
Drama is in Your Head V

07/03 — 16/09/2018

Estonian artist Edith Karlson crafts the fifth part of her monumental sculpture work “Drama is in Your Head”, which will adorn one of MdbK’s entrance halls.

07/03 — 16/09/2018

Thanos Kyriakides
In Trance

07/03 — 16/09/2018

The creative process of the visual artist springs from the realm between the perceivable and the imperceptible. MdbK exhibits the filmic artwork of Blind Adam, as well as single installations.

07/03 — 16/09/2018

Patric Sandri
Gestures of Light

07/03 — 16/09/2018

Patric Sandri calls into question the basic elements of painting. He undermines the illusionistic use of light and color and turns these into architectural building blocks of his work.

08/03 — 21/05/2018

Annette und Erasmus Schröter
MONTEVIDEO

08/03 — 21/05/2018

A coming-together of coeval photography and papercuts with the spatial arrangement of objects creates suspenseful art constellations.

22/03 — 17/06/2018

Bastian Muhr

22/03 — 17/06/2018

Artist Bastian Muhr works with large-scale drawings, defining surfaces that resemble the structures of organisms, and investigating the limits of drawing. 

18/04 — 22/07/2018

Arno Rink
I do Paint!

18/04 — 22/07/2018

This retrospective exhibition shows multiple stages in the creative development of the extraordinary representative of the Leipziger Schule and pioneer of the Neue Leipziger Schule, Arno Rink.

© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2017
© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2017

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