art for everyone! Exhibition program 2023 – Announcements – E-Flux | Ad On Picture

In 2023, the entire exhibition program of the Museum Folkwang will focus on the Folkwang idea of ​​“art for everyone”. Three large exhibitions highlight topics such as the presentation and accessibility of art in digital space, the dissemination of art in the form of artist books and editions for a broader audience, and social visions for a new coexistence. In addition, four other exhibitions with works from the photography collection round off the programme.

The retrospective of the American painter Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011)—Picturesque constellations (December 2, 2022–March 5, 2023) leads the Museum Folkwang from the anniversary into the new year. In the spring, the museum will present new artistic positions in digital space: Rafael Rozendaal. Color, code, communication (April 21–August 20, 2023) is the first major monographic exhibition by an NFT artist in a European museum. The artist is one of the most recognizable names in digital art. As early as the early 2000s, Rozendaal conceived, presented and sold artworks in the form of websites. Today he mainly uses NFTs to distribute his art via digital platforms (blockchains). His art can also be experienced physically as immersive room installations, in murals and video installations. His works depict transformational processes that emphatically describe today’s digital world. In his artist book Home alone (2019) and the latest NFT series homage (2022), doors (2022) and cabinets (2022), some of which are still unpublished, Rozendaal examines the extent to which art can be democratized through digital mediation and dissemination. The exhibition is accompanied by a two-day symposium (April 22-23, 2023) on the perspective of NFTs and digital art in a museum context.

In late summer, extraordinary graphic works are the focus of the exhibition Chagall, Matisse, Miro. Manufactured in Paris (September 1, 2023 – January 7, 2024). Starting in Paris, the European center of printmaking around 1900, the exhibition continues to the present day. With original graphics, editions and artist books by artists such as Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso, Manufactured in Paris also shows how well-known Paris printers have contributed to the dissemination of the motifs and the international reputation of their creators to this day. The exhibition brings together works from the museum’s own collection as well as international loans and features important works, including jazz by Henri Matisse, la Tauromaquia by Pablo Picasso, A toute épreuve by Joan Miró and Marc Chagall’s etchings based on the Hebrew Bible. The exhibition also gives visitors a look behind the scenes of art production and distribution.

At the end of the year the exhibition NEW COMMUNITIES (November 24, 2023–March 17, 2024) presents ideas and designs for new forms of living together. In this context, the exhibition brings together works from the fields of art, design and architecture from the last 120 years. Chronologically, the show begins around 1900 with the life reform movement and its visions for a new way of life – beyond industrialization and increasing urbanization. The crystalline architectural designs by Wenzel Hablik and Bruno Taut represent positions from the 1920s. Other chapters Explore the Constants New Babylon project and the concept of homo ludens (or the man at play), hippie modernism from the 1960s to 1980s, and Afrofuturism. The exhibition focuses in particular on contemporary positions that look to our present and future. All these artistic utopias are united by the vision of a life in harmony with nature – based on ideas of equality, peace and harmony as well as the settlement of other places and the use of the latest technologies. An extensive accompanying program enables museum visitors to directly reflect on and discuss current issues relating to their own way of life.

In 2023, the presentation of the Museum Folkwang Collection will be continued under the title NEW WORLDS with new themed rooms that combine art from different centuries and different media in the spirit of the Folkwang idea. A special highlight from December 2022 to April 2023 is the arrangement of paintings and editions by Gerhard Richter from the Olbricht Collection around the architecturally walk-in installation Helm/Helmet/Yelmo by the Cuban artist duo Los Carpinteros. As always, admission to the collection is free for the public.

Exhibitions 2023

Daniela Komani. Planet Earth: 21st Century
January 20th – November 11th June 2023

KEEP BY. masters of photography.
Folkwang University of the Arts
January 20th – November 11th June 2023

Rafael Rozendaal. Color, code, communication
April 21 – April 20 Aug 2023

Chagall, Matisse, Miro. Manufactured in Paris
Sep 1, 2023 – 7. January 2024

Rafal Milach. Archive of Public Protests
Sep 22, 2023 – Jan 1 January 2024

Jana Bauch, Marc Botschen, Ramona Schacht, and Dudu Quintanilah
Sep 22, 2023 – Jan 1 January 2024

Nov. 24, 2023-17. March 2024

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