Staatliche Kunsthalle: Sergej Jensen
11 March to 18 June 2017
Staatliche Kunsthalle, Lichtentaler Allee 8a
From March until mid-June, the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden will be displaying a solo exhibition by Sergej Jensen. Over 40 artworks by the New York and Berlin-based artist dating from 2001 to the present day will be on show. It is the artist’s first solo exhibition in an institution in Germany since 2013.
Jensen was born in Maglegaard, Denmark, in 1973. He grew up in Frankfurt, Germany, and studied there at the Städelschule under Professor Thomas Bayrle. Since the end of the 1990s, he has attempted to rid his works of colour and painting traces, bringing the painting surface to the fore. Jensen uses raw materials such as linen, jute, nettle cloth and silk as both mountings and as design mediums. He pastes these with textiles or money which he finds, dyes them in the washing machine or mixes the colours with bleach. The rest of his paintings have been sewn together to form new works. Themes include early computer graphics and outmoded modern art paintings. Over the course of time, his use of colour has increased.
In recent years, figures have also been introduced to Sergej Jensens’ works. These tend to focus on motifs from classical art history.
Museum Frieder Burda: Sigmar Polke – Alchemy and Arabesque
11 February – 21 May 2017
Museum Frieder Burda, Lichtentaler Allee, Lichtentaler Allee 8b
Ten years after the Sigmar Polke retrospective in Museum Frieder Burda, which was based on the collections of Josef Froehlich, Reiner Speck and Frieder Burda, a new exhibition aims to address the great painter’s oeuvre from the perspective of the “secret grounds” for/of his painting and its elegantly contrasting structures of lines.
The lines are “acquired” in the most diverse ways: with strips of adhesive tape, templates, changing colours or the use of exquisite arabesques by Dürer or Altdorfer. The enlivened foundations of his paintings arise both from the selection of materials (fabrics, foils, grids) and the “magical” chemical processes in which various chemicals, paints, plant juices etc mix, transcending contradictions such as “deliberate” and largely “random” and continuously overlaying each other, whereby it is never established with absolute clarity where the decisive energy is coming from. Hence, the printed fabrics and “Lackbilder”, or “resin pictures”, embrace the linear portrayals and the beautiful lines of his “Schleifenbilder”, or “curlicue pictures”.
Prestige loans from international collections and museums round off the numerous exhibits from the Collection Frieder Burda.
Museum LA8: Nature and Backdrop. Genteel Parallel Societies in the 19th Century
25th March – 3rd September 2017
Museum of 19th Century Art and Technology (LA8), Lichtentaler Allee 8
One of the most exciting innovations of the early 19th century was the emergence of bourgeois public life. The exhibition focuses on the actual place where, following the end of aristocratic mismanagement and church supervision, citizens met unceremoniously with due disregard for the old dictates of class affiliation - testing the effects of their new dress code, amusing themselves or sitting on a bench enjoying the weather, as well as initiating affairs of business or of the heart. This venue was the park. In contrast to rustic or early industrial utilisation, nature was now enclosed in garden style - only to stage it even more clearly as nature. In the park of the early 19th century nature was arranged in a composition as in a landscape painting.
Romance & Roulette – The World Spa in the 19th Century
Baden-Baden City Museum
The Fabergé Museum is the first of its kind to devote itself to the life’s work of Carl Fabergé. The complete spectrum of his work is represented in this unique collection beginning with the famous imperial Easter eggs for the Tsar’s family through to the exquisite pieces of jewellery and high quality everyday items from the time of the First World War.
Among the many exhibits are the world’s largest collection of luxurious cigarette cases and a wide variety of miniature animals made from precious stones. Works by recognized, contemporary master goldsmiths such as Bolin, Boucheron, Cartier, Ovtschinikov, Sazikov, Chlebnikov, and Falite ensure that all observers will be impressed. In addition to this, the museum has an extensive and ever growing archive which holds a number of valuable treasures in the form of photographs and original personal documents relating to Carl Fabergé and his master craftsmen.
The museum also takes you on a fascinating journey through the ‘golden age’ of craftsmanship towards the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.
Museum Frieder Burda: Rodney Graham
3 June to 12 November 2017
Museum Frieder Burda, Lichtentaler Allee
On show are about 20 monumental photo light boxes by Canadian conceptual artist Rodney Graham (*1949) from 2004 to today.
The photo light boxes have a special place in the multi-facetted oeuvre of this multi-talented artist. Their pictorial language is opulently sensual and deeply humorous; they transmit refreshing and astonishing aspects, whereby Graham repeatedly undermines the surface beauty with his ironic diversity and culture-historical references. Rodney Graham likes to put himself at centre stage as the lead player in his photographs. He refers to literature, music, film or the icons of art history and adopts the various different roles, always with a subtle sense of humour.
The Rodney Graham exhibition is a continuation of a series of shows at Museum Frieder Burda devoted to contemporary photography. Following on from Gregory Crewdson and Andreas Gursky, the Canadian opens the next chapter in this exciting medium. The photographic artists presented in Baden-Baden are characterised especially by their aesthetics and narrative, poetic subject matter, which they concentrate conceptually in their works, emotionally involving the observer in the events being portrayed. The exhibition is being organised in close co-operation with the artist himself.