"Flüchtige Zeiten"

11 September - 15 November 2009

Lara Almarcegui, Thomas Baldischwyler, Ruth Ewan, _fabrics interseason, Lone Haugaard Madsen, Kora Jünger, Gabriel Kuri, Kitty Kraus, Lasse Lau, Valentina Liernur, Asier Mendizabal, Benoît Maire, Igor Sevcuk, Yorgos Sapountzis, Eran Schaerf, Amy Sillman, Mona Vatamanu/Florin Tudor, Danh Vo

OpeningThursday, 10 September at 7pm
Press briefing
Wednesday, 9 September at 11am
VenueFormer administration building
Herwarthstraße 8, 48143 Münster
Show room
Handwerkskammer
Bismarckallee 1, 48151 Münster

This year’s program of Westfälischer Kunstverein in Münster is put together under the theme of „Liquid Times“. A term borrowed from Zygmunt Baumann. One reason to chose this thematic path is the very specific situation the Kunstverein is confronted with since beginning of the year: the dismantling of the building in which its gallery has been located since 1972. Political decisions lead to the result that instead of renovating the 70s building, it will be torn down and a new one built up. This process will take about 4 years. In this period we’ll have to find interim solutions for our program. In the meantime the Kunstverein has to find interim solution for the artistic program. The ambiguous decision was taken, to travel to different locations within Münster for each exhibition project. This is quiet a challenge, but can also be a chance to position the institution anew, reach new audiences and find alternative solution for the white cube.

Culture always seemed to guarantee social surplus. So what happens to culture and contemporary art in times that only act in very short periods, in times, when everything is about pace, flexibility and adaptability? How does this turn of the social order influence the arts and has art maybe already incorporated the paradigm of cursoriness?

To act flexible, being able to change directions, always follow new paths, that’s all fundamental for contemporary art and its very quality. But on the other hand, how much stability is needed to be able to act at all, how much sustainability can be achieved with contemporary art practice, and how much solidness do we actually want? These are questions that make up the initial idea of the project and will be the conceptual backdrop for the presented positions of 20 international artists. A series of lectures and panel discussions will accompany the group exhibition throughout the year.

More information on this exhibition: www.muenster.de/stadt/ausstellungshalle

This exhibition is supported by:

— SEACEX (Spain's Public Agency for Cultural Action)

— Cultural office Stadt Münster

— Hotel Mauritzhof Münster

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