Between tradition, discourse and technologies


Opening: 14.11.2019, 7pm
Curated by: Barbara Steiner

About the exhibition

Categorisations, definitions and boundaries can help to find one's way in a complex world, but sometimes they lead to exclusions, divisions and hierarchizations. Art history, too, is full of hierarchies that continue to have an effect to this day: tradition and modernity, art and craft, free and applied art, "high art world" and "low art world", European and non-European art. Although these definitions have repeatedly been successfully challenged by artists, they can still be found in everyday life, in institutional practice and in the art market.

This exhibition asks what a fruitful dialogue between art and craft might look like and places both in a larger social context. It mediates between contemporary art, craftsmanship and new technologies, traces cultural transfers across national borders, explores intermediate areas and transition zones. The importance and appreciation of the craft as an essential component of material culture, cultural identity and community is thereby connected with social and economic conditions in a globalised world.

With works by Azra Akšamija, Olivier Guesselé-Garai, Plamen Dejanoff, Olaf Holzapfel, Antje Majewski, Jorge Pardo, Slavs and Tatars, Haegue Yang and Johannes Schweiger.

In cooperation with Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig and Kestner Gesellschaft Hannover



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