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Body Performance - Ausstellung der Helmut Newton Stiftung - Teil 2

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Adrian Ghenie o .T., Detail, 2017. Collage auf Papier | collage on paper, 33,5 x 29,2 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg–Paris. hoto Daniel Biskup

Erwin Wurm Boxhandschuh, 2016. Bronzeguss, patiniert | bronze cast, patinized, 146 x 130 x 125 cm. © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017 / courtesy of Studio Erwin Wurm Photo Daniel Biskup

Thomas Kilpper Ein Leuchtturm für Lampedusa!, 2008–2017. Stahl, Kunststoff ehemaliger Flüchtlingsboote und Licht | steel, plastic from refugee boats and light, ca. 600 x 550 x 500 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Nagel Draxler, Köln, Berlin and Patrick Heide Contemporary, London Photo / schauderna

Gilbert & George ISLAMOPHOBIA, 2013. A SCAPEGOATING PICTURE Mischtechnik | mixed media, 226 x 317 cm. © artist / courtesy of the artists and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg – Paris

Contemporary Art in an Old Prison

Cells morph into exhibition rooms, prison walls into galleries: From May 19 to September 17, the exhibition "Luther and the Avantgarde" will be inaugurated in Wittenberg's Old Prison. 500 years after the legendary posting of his theses and 50 years after the last inmate was incarcerated there, the prison is being transformed into a temporary museum. Sixty-six artists from across the world will be turning this historic site into a vibrant hub of artistic creativity and intellectual freedom.

With "Luther and the Avantgarde", the focus of the Evangelical Anniversary Summer and the World Reformation Exhibition lies firmly on contemporary art. Special artistic presentations on church premises in Berlin and Kassel augment the central Wittenberg exhibition.

The exhibition "Luther and the Avantgarde" has been organised by Bonn-domiciled Foundation for Art and Culture, together with the Reformation Anniversary 2017.

Their starting point is the thesis: Luther changed the world and his multifaceted character has lost nothing of its enduring fascination until the present day. Not only did he bring about a fundamental modernisation of the Church, he also unleashed a process of reforms which reverberated across all areas of society.

Today, some 500 years after the Reformation we ask: How does art relate to him today? As a visionary trailblazer and socio-cultural avantgardist of his time, can Luther serve as a source of social and artistic inspiration for society in our time? And, in turn, as initiators, admonishers and disruptors, are artists the social avantgarde of our age?

Over half the works on view were produced especially for the exhibition, by, among others, Ai Weiwei, Erwin Wurm, Maurizio Cattelan, Pascale Tayou. The artists articulate their response to the critical social issues of our day and examine the pioneering reformatory ideas for their topical relevance. The major themes addressed are individual freedom and its adversaries, personal responsibility and tolerance, and the interrogation of power structures against the backdrop of profound political, social and religious conflicts and a multishifting global media landscape.

The venue of the central exhibition is the Old Prison in Wittenberg, which has been especially renovated for Luther and the Avantgarde. The spectrum of works on show ranges from paintings, sculptures, installations, murals, photography, video and sound to performances and urban interventions.

Gilbert & George are taking their art into St. Matthew’s Church in Berlin's Kulturforum - a novelty in the long exhibition history of the London-based artists, who are better known for their anti-clerical stance.

Together they present a selection of their SCAPEGOATING PICTURES, whose central themes are religious and social conflicts, war and fundamentalism. The Indian artist Shilpa Gupta and the Berlin-domiciled artist Thomas Kilpper are exhibiting their work in (and on) the Karlskirche in Kassel.



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