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Günther Förg

Out of Place (group show)
The Third Mediterranean Biennale, Sakhnin Valley
30 June - 16 December 2017

The Third Mediterranean Biennale offers an alternative platform which emphasizes the local processes being created in the region and enhances their cultural impact by means of art directed toward the community, art that bridges cultures, emerges from the museum walls, integrates into the city and turns the city into a museum.

The Mediterranean Biennale will serve as a venue for raising issues such as: How to restore art to the public; what is the relevance of art in today's consumer society; and art as a bridge between cultures.

The Mediterranean Biennale aims to bring a new approach to the region by means of artistic activities in the hope of creating the basis for a dialogue between people and coexistence between communities living in conflict as well as promoting education for peace, tolerance and non-violence through cooperation based on equality and reciprocity. The Biennale aims to restore mutual trust, to bridge gaps in the perception of the other and encourage diversity and coexistence in order to create an environment where individuals and groups of diverse religion and ethnicity share common values and coexist peacefully.

This Mediterranean Biennale becomes a regional biennale held in the Sakhnin Valley, in Israel in the communities of Misgav, Sakhnin, Arraba and Deir Hanna, and creating a course of various places, people and congregations that are exposed to the general public by means of art while instigating a platform for dialogue. Widening the Biennale creates a channel for cooperation between communities living in the area under the concept of a face-to-face rather than a back-to-back situation.

The Mediterranean Biennale will take place under the title of: Out of Place. The exhibition Out of Place relates to issues of identity, place, time and individualty in an era of global culture while critically addressing the topics of place, local identity and culture in view of the changes occurring today. The exhibition Out of Place aims to establish a dialogue between people and create a place where everyone can have their say in a discussion where there are no winners or losers. The exhibition reminds us that we are not independent of the manner in which the present refugee crisis is developing: we are part of the crisis but we are also part of its possible solution. The nature of the exhibition Out of Place can be one that highlights disillusionment and hopelessness, or on the contrary one that opens up possibilities of acting against current incitement by means of solidarity, common ideals and sense of community.

The Mediterranean Biennale


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Günther Förg, Jeff Koons et al.

General Rehearsal. A show in three acts from the collections of V-A-C, MMOMA and KADIST (group show)
MMOMA, Moscow
26 April - 16 September 2018

General Rehearsal is a multidisciplinary project conceived and realised in collaboration with the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. This content-rich presentation will combine three international art collections and feature work by over one hundred artists. Designed to evolve and change like a living organism that adapts and responds to its environment, General Rehearsal adopts the structure of a theatrical play, developing over three acts staged over a five-month period. With the project V-A-C introduces a more fluid, transparent method of working collectively and engaging all disciplines equally.

V-A-C Foundation


Günther Förg

Günther Förg - A Fragile Beauty (solo show)
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
26 May - 14 October 2018

Günther Förg, Farbfeld, 1989
Günther Förg, Farbfeld, 1989

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents a major survey of the work of German artist Günther Förg (1952–2013). A Fragile Beauty explores the work of a rebellious artist whose oeuvre embodies a critical, witty, yet rigorous and penetrating critique of the canon of modern art.

Förg was driven by a boundless urge for freedom, and a predilection for experiment, drawing inspiration from great artists of the past, as well as his contemporaries. Merging disciplines and boundaries, he worked in a variety of materials, ranging from bronze and lead, to plaster and reflective glass. In exhibiting his work, Förg assimilated the architecture of the gallery space – even doors and windows – into the work itself.

A Fragile Beauty includes work from Förg’s entire oeuvre and illuminates the evolution of his experimental and radical approach. Taking its cue from the artist, for whom the space was integral to the work, each room is individual in nature. Among the works on display are Förg’s early monochrome paintings, together with his color studies, (architectural) photographs, sculptures, and late spot paintings.

Förg’s work was continually reinterpreted: initially considered a postmodernist, he was later seen as engaging with the legacy of expressionism. Förg was, without doubt, an artist who challenged the parameters of disciplines. A Fragile Beauty transcends convenient categorization and shows the full scope and complexity of the oeuvre of an idiosyncratic and unique artist.

The Stedelijk is developing the exhibition Günther Förg – A Fragile Beauty in partnership with the Dallas Museum of Art.

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam


Günther Förg

[Untitled] 1976 - 2008
Paintings, Material Images and Works on Paper from the Friedrichs Collection (solo show)
Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen
10 June - 26 August 2018

Image: Wilhelm Schürmann, Günther Förg, Galerie Hetzler, Köln, 1983 © Wilhelm Schürmann
Image: Wilhelm Schürmann, Günther Förg, Galerie Hetzler, Köln, 1983 © Wilhelm Schürmann

Günther Förg (1952—2013) is a great renewer of painting amidst modernism and the present, amidst Europe and America, amidst abstract-laconic minimalism and delicately gestural expressiveness.
In collaboration with the Estate Günther Förg the Kunstverein presents a retrospective selection of his painterly œuvre from 1976 until 2008: for the first time, 100 paintings, material images as well as works on paper from the collection of Brunhilde and Günther Friedrichs will be introduced to the public allowing for an impressively coherent survey of the both hazardous and sensuous ventures of Günther Förg’s painting.
Just as the mutual exhibition of Georg Baselitz and Albert Oehlen in the autumn of 2016, Günther Förg [Untitled] 1976 - 2008 will be a ›historic‹ peak among the Kunstverein’s young contemporary programme.

Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen


Günther Förg, Thomas Struth et al.

Light Sensitive 2: Photography from the Schaufler Collection (group show)
SCHAUWERK, Sindelfingen
15 April 2018 - 6 January 2020

Thomas Struth, Grosse Tannen Am Eschberg - N°13, Winterthur 1992, 1992 © Thomas Struth
Thomas Struth, Grosse Tannen Am Eschberg - N°13, Winterthur 1992, 1992 © Thomas Struth

Contemporary photography from the Schaufler Collection will be on display from September 2017 at the SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen. The museum will link this show to the LICHTEMPFINDLICH exhibition of 2011, which had presented the large collection of this medium to the public for the first time in the impressive space of the former high rack warehouse in the SCHAUWERK. This lofty storage space inspires with its revolving ramp, which extends over 15 metres upward: an exhibition place par excellence for photography, with spectacular visual axes for viewing from near and afar.

Along with major works from the first exhibition, LICHTEMPFINDLICH 2 will also display photographs that previously haven’t been shown, so that a more comprehensive representation of the contemporary photography collection can occur. The main interest of the collectors Peter Schaufler and Christiane Schaufler-Münch is not directed toward the medium and its history per se, but leans more toward the fascination that arises from certain motifs, pictorial inventions, and their formal transformations.

The classic genres of photography—nude, portrait, landscape, architecture, or industry—are mirrored in the works, but are often citations or stages of conceptual processes. Most of the protagonists within the context of this collection have left behind the conventional framework of photography.

SCHAUWERK, Sindelfingen


André Butzer, Günther Förg et al.

Aftermieter (group show)
Haus Modräth - Räume für Kunst, Kerpen
23 April 2017 - 15 November 2018

Installation view. Courtesy Haus Mödrath. Photo: Simon Vogel.
Installation view. Courtesy Haus Mödrath. Photo: Simon Vogel.

Haus Mödrath - Räume für Kunst will open in April 2017 with the exhibition Aftermieter (Day Roomer), curated by Veit Loers. Quite a few of the about 20 participating international artists have visited Mödrath and are working on their ideas. The focus is on the house itself: civilization and domesticated nature. An abysmal transformation on many levels: from society to individual, from resident to artefact, from animalism to altruism, from artistic strategy to epiphany, from Günther Förg to Eva Kotátková, from Kris Lemsalu to Neil Beloufa – all the way from the cellar to the attic. Next to internationally renowned artists like Andreas Slominski, Michaela Eichwald, Georg Herold, Ed Atkins or Katja Novitskova there are new and re-discoveries like Ajay Kurian and Eric Bainbridge. Several site-specific works will be exclusively produced for this premiere.

Haus Mödrath