Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Current

Wang Qingsong

The Great Wall?

27/10/2017 — 16/09/2018

Wang Qingsong, The Great Wall ?, 2017, © Wang Qingsong
Wang Qingsong, The Great Wall ?, 2017, © Wang Qingsong
Wang Qingsong, The Great Wall ?, 2017, © Wang Qingsong
Wang Qingsong, The Great Wall ?, 2017, © Wang Qingsong
Wang Qingsong, The Great Wall ? Detail) , 2017, © Wang Qingsong
Wang Qingsong, The Great Wall ? Detail) , 2017, © Wang Qingsong
Wang Qingsong, The Great Wall ? Detail) , 2017, © Wang Qingsong
Wang Qingsong, The Great Wall ? Detail) , 2017, © Wang Qingsong
Wang Qingsong, 23.10.2017, Foto: PUNCTUM/Alexander Schmidt
Wang Qingsong, 23.10.2017, Foto: PUNCTUM/Alexander Schmidt

Wang Qingsong (*1966) has a history of being known as the enfant terrible of contemporary Chinese photography. His oeuvre combines traditional Chinese art and a staunch political rejection of everything normative. An artistic trademark of his work is a link to Chinese Pop Art of the nineteen eighties: the depiction of brand names within a loud and bold imagery captures a fast-changing environment in gaudy fashion. All the while, Quingsong’s artworks are in dialogue with China, as the artist unfolds his criticism of consumption, materialism and commerce in Chinese society. For his MdbK exhibition, Qingsong’s master piece of art “The Great Wall?” will be presented alongside his photographic response to Hans Baldung Grien’s paiting “Die sieben Lebensalter des Weibes” from MdbK’s permanent exhibition.

The exhibition is realized in cooperation with the Gesellschaft für Deutsch-Chinesischen kulturellen Austausch e.V.

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

Wang Qingsong, The Great Wall ?, 2017, © Wang Qingsong
Wang Qingsong, The Great Wall ?, 2017, © Wang Qingsong
Current

Formation 7

1st act, Hunt

06/12/2017 — 25/02/2018

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
Current

Virtual Normality

Women Net Artists 2.0

12/01 — 08/04/2018

Women net artists 2.0 explore the possibilities and restrictions of social media. They question the female beauty ideals and gender stereotypes that have become standard in the attention economy of social media.

The Internet and social media have allowed a new generation of women artists to make their voices heard. Newspapers and magazines call them Tumblr stars, Instagram artists, or webcam princesses, while the net artists describe themselves as “reality artists” (Signe Pierce), “Instagram models” (Leah Schrager), or “online exhibitionists” (Molly Soda). They use smartphones, tablets, and computers to share their works and stream them live in social media, where the images and videos frequently become viral and then spread across the Internet.

Women net artists 2.0 broadcast their lives, play different characters, create alter egos, and assume a variety of roles. In this way, they make their audiences aware of stereotypes, clichés, and generalizations. The artists willfully blur the line between art and life—and sometimes erode it altogether. Viewers often react with a feeling of unease when artists like Arvida Byström or Molly Soda reflect critically on ideals of female beauty and disseminate images of, for example, their own menstruation or body hair.

The exhibition is devoted to the female gaze in the age of digital stagings of identity. With every new generation and fresh wave of feminism, priorities and media change. New media facilitate the development of novel ideas and the exploration of uncharted possibilities. In response to the rekindling of debates about sexuality and identity on the Internet and in social media, women net artists have developed a hyperfeminine aesthetics. They present themselves as aggressively feminine or girlish and cute. Their colors are pink, purple, and neon.

The artists featured in the exhibition present a female perspective on sexuality, identity, and femininity in the digital age. Their materials are their own bodies, realities, and everyday lives; their stylistic devices are humor, irony, the grotesque, and hyperbole. Signe Pierce and Leah Schrager play with the male gaze by ostensibly engaging in the art of seduction. Nakeya Brown thematizes the political dimension of hair. Stephanie Sarley frees female sexuality from associations with the obscene and the reprehensible, while Molly Soda and Arvida Byström push ahead with the debate on female beauty ideals. Women net artists know that it is especially the female body that is censored and controlled in social media.

In an ideal world, women would not be insulted and belittled; they would not have to feel ashamed whenever they depart from the norm and assert their sexuality. Women net artists 2.0 show what it means to be true to oneself and thereby encourage public debate.

The participating artists are Signe Pierce, Molly Soda, Leah Schrager, Refrakt, Nicole Ruggiero, Stephanie Sarley, Arvida Byström, Nakeya Brown, Juno Calypso, Izumi Miyazaki and LaTurbo Avedon.

Opening of the exhibition: Friday, 11th of January, at 6 pm

Signe Pierce © The Artist
Signe Pierce © The Artist
07/03 — 19/08/2018

Edith Karlson
Drama is in Your Head V

07/03 — 19/08/2018

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 — 19/08/2018

Blind Adam
In Trance

07/03 — 19/08/2018

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 — 19/08/2018

Sighard Gille
Auswildern

07/03 — 19/08/2018
© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2017
© VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2017
15/03 — 08/04/2018

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Deborah Jeromin. μεταμόρφωσεις/ Metamorphose

15/03 — 08/04/2018
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 — 19/08/2018

Arno Rink
I do Paint!

18/04 — 19/08/2018

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
19/04 — 13/05/2018

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Benjamin Dittrich. Zarter Fels

19/04 — 13/05/2018
@ VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2017
@ VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2017
24/05 — 17/06/2018

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Sebastian Hosu. Green Meat

24/05 — 17/06/2018
06/07 — 12/08/2018

Titus Schade
PLATEAU

06/07 — 12/08/2018

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