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New exhibition „Traces of Modernism“ from March 15, 2014 in the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg presents from March 15, 2014 until October 19, 2014 the exhibition „Traces of Modernism“.

Our present-day world hardly knows boundaries any longer. A simple mouse click connects us virtually with other countries, time zones and cultures – we visually take part in the lives of others via Skype and can now be at two places simultaneously. The communications theoretician Marshall McLuhan early on coined a term to describe this development – the Global Village. The actual distances will first become tangible again when non-European societies boast cultural and aesthetic cravings for recognition that differ from Western notions. The contours of modernism in the Western sense seem to be dissolving.

The cultural interactions in this Global Village give rise to new questions about modernism that also concern its currency within its original Western context. Pluralism has not only taken hold of art in the 21st century but also forms of society and government, lifestyles and religious orientations. Are modernism’s concepts in fact outdated against this backdrop? Are not the roots of our culture in fact to be found in the profile of modern society as it evolved over the course of the Enlightenment and industrialization? The advances made by scientific research corresponded to the aesthetic revolution in 20th-century classic modern art. Abstraction asserted itself up to the point of freeing form from the object and color from form. Modernity as the expression of the zeitgeist: transient and fleeting.

The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014 with a large-scale Kokoschka exhibition, but is it also taking the opportunity to conduct special thematic explorations and is setting off in search of traces in its own collection. The museum has been collecting international contemporary art with emphases on Minimal Art, Conceptual Art, Arte Povera, Body Art and Media Art since 1994. The collection presentation Traces of Modernism will be shown on an exhibition area encompassing circa 1000 square meters on the museum’s upper gallery spaces.

Press Conference on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 11.15 am in the conference room of the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, entrance Hollerplatz.

A selection of press photographs will be available from now on in the internet.

Registration for the press conference: media@kunstmuseum-wolfsburg.de

Opening of the exhibition on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 11 am.
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The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg was opened in 1994 and can already look back at a unique history with numerous authoritative exhibitions and events. Within a brief period of time, it has been possible for the museum to position itself locally and find international recognition at the same time. The museum is dedicated to modern and contemporary art, combining diverse media ranging from painting, photography and sculpture and the new media to fashion and design. The striking modernist building located in the heart of the city presents temporary exhibitions as well as works from its own collection on 3,500 square meters.

Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
Rita Werneyer
Hollerplatz 1
38440 Wolfsburg
05361266969
media@kunstmuseum-wolfsburg.de
http://www.kunstmuseum-wolfsburg.de