BBM (Observers of Operators of Machines): EPKOT (Experimental Prototype Killers of Tomorrow), 2018, interactive installation, mixed media (robots, displays, sound), installation view Kunsthalle Mannheim 2018, courtesy BBM, © photo: Hardy Müller, Mannheim
Constructing the World: Art and Economy
Ten years after the peak of the global financial crisis in 2008, which profoundly shook the economic systems of America and Europe and had a lasting effect on present-day life, this topical exhibition is the first to illustrate the economy’s dramatic influence on art and to make global comparisons, demonstrating these in an analysis of two separate eras. Economic phenomena in the classical modernism of the 1920s and 30s are not only explored by focusing on art from the German Weimar Republic, the Soviet Union, and the United States, but also juxtaposed with artists of the present day.
Curatorial team: Dr. Eckhart Gillen (Berlin), Dr. Ulrike Lorenz, Dr. Sebastian Baden
Project Lead: Dr. Inge Herold, Assistence: Lisa Valentina Riedel, M. A. mult., Elisabeth Bohnet, M.A.
Part 2 of "Construction of the World. Art and Economy - 2008-2018" is extended until 03.03.2019.
The exhibition is supported by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (main sponsor), BASF SE (main sponsor), H.W. & J. Hector Stiftung, Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, Stiftung Kunsthalle Mannheim, VR Bank Rhein-Neckar eG, City of Mannheim, Innovationsfonds Kunst des Ministeriums für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg. Handelsblatt is media partner of the exhibition.
AICA Symposium on Art Criticism - As part of the exhibition Constructing the World: Art and Economy
November 10, 2018, Kunsthalle Mannheim
“Art Criticism and Web Culture: Reports from the Field”
A conference organized by the art criticism association AICA Germany (Association International de Critique d’Art)—hosted by the Kunsthalle Mannheim
Initiator: Sabine Maria Schmidt, vice president of AICA Germany
What influence have digitalization and social media had on media coverage of culture and art in recent years—and what role does the media play in this?
The AICA Germany symposium explores new opportunities and challenges for journalistic coverage of culture and art, the different ways medial formats (both current and present) function, new internet terminology and indexing terms, the emergence of both shared and conflicting interests, and the future of corporate publishing. Art criticism creates a space to develop aesthetic assessment criteria and a place for a liberated and independent discussion. It stands and has always stood in a shifting relationship to the art market, which creates a demand for artistic expertise beyond the monetary value of art.
What role does written text play when seen vis-à-vis the growing significance placed on image-based representation? How does its influence shift as a result of the group dynamics created by social media channels and comments from influencers? What is the future of art criticism? How can it be financed? The bulk of symposium contributions are from AICA members. They will be supplemented by short topic papers and remarks for discussion from other members.
Édouard Manet: The Execution of Emperor Maximilian, 1868-69, oil on canvas, 252 x 302 cm, collection Kunsthalle Mannheim José Antonio Vega Macotela: The Chisel and the Sinkhole, 2016/17, wood, metal, hammers, chisels, 165 × 224 × 246 cm, collection Pérez
Olaf Holzapfel: 3 Häuser, 2018, douglas fir, paint, 485 x 750 x 333 cm, © Olaf Holzapfel, courtesy the artist, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden & Daniel Marzona, Berlin, photo: Kunsthalle Mannheim/ Rainer Diehl
Thierry Geoffroy / Colonel: Is Art the Last Bastion for Uprise, Venice 2017, tent, acrylic spray paint, 200 x 140 cm, © Thierry Geoffroy / Colonel, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018
Simon Denny: Crypto Futures Game of Life Board Overprint Collage: 1960, 2018, Collage: digital print on Milton Bradley Game of Life 1960 Edition board, powder-coated server rack shelving, laser cut Plexiglas, various server rack hardware components, © Si
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