The RAF (Red Army Faction), NSU (National Socialist Underground), and IS (Islamic State) are all terrorist groups whose extremist propaganda and political violence provoke decisive reactions from the artists on display. Opening in September, the exhibition MINDBOMBS provides a highly topical artist perspective on the history and political iconography of modern terrorism. The three-part exhibition is the first to explore the effects on visual culture of attacks on revolutionary socialist, right-wing extremist, and jihadist terrorism. Twenty years after September 11, 2001, and ten years after the founding of the NSU, the exhibition addresses the controversial term “terrorism” and critically illustrates the power of violence. The exhibition includes works by artists Kader Attia, Morehshin Allahyari, Khalid Albaih, Christoph Draeger, Olaf Metzel, Almut Linde, Henrike Naumann, and Gerhard Richter. With a focus on extreme acts of right-wing terror in Germany, the US, Norway, and New Zealand, the exhibition highlights how topical and relevant criticism of political violence is, especially viewed against the backdrop of Nazi crimes.
Curator: Dr. Sebastian Baden