Curated by Julia Draganović, Elisabeth Lumme, Valerie Schwindt-Kleveman Saturday June 13th until Sunday September 13th 2015 Exhibition Locations: Kunsthalle Osnabruck, Museum of Cultural History, Felix-Nussbaum-Haus and public spaces in the city of Osnabrueck. The exhibition “concretely more space” presents art works dealing with space and architecture, which ty in with the concepts of form and “gestalt” coined by Concrete Art in the 20th Century and which advance, refine and develop them further in an innovative and contemporary way. The show will be composed by site specific installations as well as by loans of art works which demonstrate the freshness and the esthetic- sensuality of the broad variety of approaches to develop space as dwellings, urban or even political systems or abstract concepts. The show aims at giving an insight into the visual world and the neo-constructivist repertoire of those artists, which the curators consider “contemporary heirs of concrete art”. The goal of the show is to sharpen the sensibility for the design of space, architecture and urban planning and for the social and intellectual consequences our living environment generates. The historical roots for the current design for urban life and environment, which date back more than 50 years, will be made visible as well. The local point of reference is Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart. VG, as the citizens of Osnabruck call him affectionately, was a son of the city who gained international acknowledgement due to his activities as theoretician as well as a gifted practitioner of Concrete Art. Concretely More Space! presents contemporary positions and site specific installations by internationally well-known artists as well as by a number of younger artist from Lower Saxony. The three exhibition spaces in Osnabruck have each different powers of attraction: The Museum of Cultural History is located in a neo-classicistic Villa just opposite Heger Tor, the most important gate to the historical city center of Osnabruck. The Felix-Nussbaum Haus, dedicated to another son of Osnabruck, the Jewish painter Felix Nussbaum who was deported and killed in Auschwitz, was built by Daniel Libeskind and offers a unique occasion for an artistic dialog with this renowned architect’s particular style. Kunsthalle Osnabruck is situated in a former gothic church and the ground-floor of the adjacent monastery. The following artists will be asked to produce site-specific installations for these three locations as well as for certain outdoor and public space venues: Pedro Cabrita Reis, Baptiste Debombourg, Dominique Jézéquel, Michael Johannsen, Zilvinas Kempinas, Dannielle Tegeder, Felice Varini, Susanne Tunn.
Konkret mehr Raum! contains a game of words which is impossible to be translated in English, as “konkret” (concrete) refers to Concrete Art, but is at the same time a colloquial term used as enhancement. Therefore, the translation concretely more space is not very satisfactory and will be used as a working title for the time being only.