Clément Cogitore, Les Indes Galantes, 2017, Video, Colour, 6 min. Production: Opéra national de Paris - 3° scène / Les Films Pélléas. Courtesy of the artist, Eva Hober Gallery (FR) and Reinhard Hauff Gallery (DE) VG-Bild-Kunst Bonn 2019
“Upheaval” is the first exhibition curated by Kunsthalle Mannheim’s new director, Johan Holten. With it, Holten seeks to redirect the gaze onto the museum’s new exhibition program, following recent years in which the art nouveau building was renovated, the Mitzlaff building torn down, and a new exhibition building constructed that has dominated the public eye.
Three separate yet conceptually linked sections will make visible the museum’s pioneering programmatic restructuring. The range of works on display extends from rediscovered female painters of the 1920s and ’30s to contemporary sculpture and video art by Chinese, European, and American artists.
Moreover, the three groups of works by international female artists are to be understood as a suggestion for expanding Kunsthalle Mannheim’s renowned sculpture collection. With “Upheaval,” Holten marks the start of his tenure as museum director with an upheaval that brings new diversity into the institution’s collection.
Curator: Johan Holten