Slavs and Tatars


"Saalbadereien / Bathhouse Quackeries"

3 February – 15 April 2018


Friday, 2 February at 7pm
(admission free)

VenueWestfälischer Kunstverein, Rothenburg 30, 48143 Münster
Opening Hours Tuesday - Sunday, 11am - 7pm
Admission4 € / 2 € concessions / members free

Since its inception in 2006, the collective Slavs and Tatars has shown a keen grasp of the hot-button issues in society, clearing new paths for a contemporary discourse via a wholly idiosyncratic form of eclecticism. Their exhibitions, books, printed matter, and lecture-performances draw upon the stylistic palette of popular culture, spiritual and esoteric traditions, oral histories, modern myths, as well as scholarly research. Their focus on Eurasia challenges our often times one-dimensional way of seeing relationships between science, religion, power, and identity. On the occasion of their first solo exhibition in Germany, the artists turn to the enigmatic writer and philosopher Johann Georg Hamann, the Königsberg native who died in Münster, in the form of an expansive installation and pickle bar at the Kunstverein. In the current crisis of modernity, “Bathhouse Quackeries” places language and performativity at centre stage as a means to better understand the limits of reason and what it means to go sour on power.


Curated by Kristina Scepanski.


Ed. by Westfälischen Kunstverein and Motto, Berlin
92 pages, s/w
With an essay by Slavs and Tatars, and texts by Johann Georg Hamann
ISBN: 978-2-940524-70-9
12 € / 10 € for members 




With generous support by Kunststiftung NRW.

Public Programme


Lecture Performances by Slavs and Tatars (in English):
"The Tranny Tease"
Tuesday, 30 January at 7 pm
at Auditorium, State Museum, Domplatz 10

"I Utter Other"
Tuesday, 10 April at 7 pm
at Westfälischer Kunstverein


Exhibition Walkthrough with Slavs and Tatars
Saturday, 3 February at 12 pm


Late Friday (open till 10 pm, free admission)
9 February
9 March
13 April


Guided tours with curator Kristina Scepanski
Thursday, 15 Februar at 6 pm
Saturday, 3 March at 2 pm
Friday, 23 March at 6 pm

> Slideshow

> Radio interview: Deutschlandfunk "Corso", 31 January 2018