RADAR: Jan Hoeft



"Curiosity Gap"

31 October 2015 - 17 January 2016

OpeningFriday, 30 October 2015 at 7pm
(Admission free)
Venue"Galerie der Gegenwart"
Access via Westfälischer Kunstverein, Rothenburg 30,
48143 Münster
Opening HoursTuesday-Sunday 11am-7pm

RADAR is a new exhibition format of the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur and Westfälischer Kunstverein. The name of the series alludes to keeping an eye on current artistic productions. Being displayed are works by younger, still largely lesser known artists who have been noticed and appear "on the radar". The exhibited creations provide insights into the artists’ current areas of work, with experimenting, failing and trying out serving as important aspects of the cooperative exhibition concept. With RADAR, the two institutions are – for the first time – entering into a spatial, conceptual and content-related cooperation.

Kicking off the series is Cologne-based artist Jan Hoeft (born 1981) with "Curiosity Gap". He is putting on display four new works, three of which are exhibited in the Galerie der Gegenwart and one outdoors. Indoors, he creates a stage-like situation – a backdrop in the background and spotlights in the foreground, thereby embracing the specific spatial constellation. The space was originally designed as a window display for the museum, but is accessible through the Westfälischer Kunstverein and can now be visited from the inside as a gallery space. Standing inside, visitors recognise what the two floodlights are alternatingly illuminating, in concert with the sound of a voice: two circular asphalt patches with road markings have been set up on the floor. Stylised hands form the V-sign, once displaying the front of the hand and once the back. This seemingly similar gesture of two forked fingers has completely different meanings in different contexts and cultural areas, ranging from a symbol of peace to a gesture that is insulting or may even have a sexual connotation. Another object with ambiguous meanings is located outside, opposite the Galerie der Gegenwart: sneakers tied together by the laces, hanging in a tree. These, however, are not old, worn-out shoes, as often seen in metropolitan areas, but rather a pair of new sneakers – custom-designed in black, red and gold. Both works put into question social traditions as well as culturally different encodations, and explore the problem of their transformation and reinterpretation within an increasingly globalised world. Jan Hoeft is a graduate of the Jan Van Eyck Academie Maastricht and the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. With the approach of analysing our contemporary globalised society from the most diverse of perspectives, he combines – in the public space – various complementary media such as photography, video, performance and interventions in his analytic, and frequently laconic-ironic works.  


Opening on Friday, 30 October at 7pm at Westfälischer Kunstverein. 


Photos: LWL/Hanna Neander





A co-operation of LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur and Westfälischer Kunstverein in the Galerie der Gegenwart

Public Programme

Friday, 30 October 7pm, admission free

Artist Talk with Jan Hoeft, Kristina Scepanski and Dr Marianne Wagner
Friday, 13 November at 7pm

Kunstpause with Marijke Lukowicz
Thursday, 14 January at 12:30pm

Late Friday
Open till 10pm, admission free
13 November 2015
11 December 2015
8 January 2016 

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