27 Artists from the Städelschule, Frankfurt/Main
“What does it mean to be European?” That is, concerning to curator Rachel Thomas, the leitmotif of the exhibition “I knOw yoU” which features the works of 27 artists who all graduated from the Städelschule in Frankfurt/Main – an art academy that is both the smallest and most prestigious in Europe.
In the limelight of the exhibition stands the moment of collaboration: Co-curated by the headmasters of the Städelschule, artist Tobias Rehberger and architect Nikolaus Hirsch, as well as Rachael Thomas, Senior Curator and Head of Exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) opens “I knOw yoU” on the 19th of April and runs until the 1st of September. Even the cooperation between these two well-known cultural institutions is remarkable, but additionally the 27 artists are working together with another artist-colleague or they refer to another object of their choice.
Irish artist Timothey Furey, for example, chose Cologne-based Science-Fiction author Mark von Schlegell for a collaboration. German artist Holger Wüst, known for his large-format photo-montages in the spirit of Walter Benjamin, picked Rehberger-student Jeronimo Voss whose “Eternity through the Stars” was shown at Documenta 13.
Another issue is important for the curators: “Under the banner of the omnipresent Euro-debate in Ireland there should be a focus on culture. The concept of the collectively curated exhibition illustrates both: financial and cultural capital. Frankfurt functions as chiffre for the world of finances especially with the location of European Central Bank as well as a hub for art education and production. Besides the quality of the individual artwork the formation of a cultural community is to be put into the foreground.” (Nikolaus Hirsch / Tobias Rehberger)
Altogether artists and their collaborators come to an impressive list of 49 participants: Harold Ancart, Ei Arakawa, Pennacchio Argentato, Michael Beutler, Michael Callies, Pattara Chanruechachai, Simon Denny, Daniel Dewar, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Elstir, Vincenzo Estremo, Jana Euler, Simon Fujiwara, Timothy Furey, Tue Greenfort, Maria von Hausswolff, Jeppe Hein, Aurel Iselstöger, Jay & Q, Sergej Jensen, Maria Loboda, Denise Mawila, Michaela Meise, Stefan Müller, Henrik Olesen, Pratchaya Phinthong, Kirsten Pieroth, Att Poomtangon, Queen Victoria, Claus Rasmussen, Michael Riedel, Tomás Saraceno, Mark von Schlegell, Bernhard Schreiner, Nora Schultz, Sean Snyder, Marcus Steinweg, Woody Tasch, Alexander Tovborg, Jelena Trivic, Torben Ulrich, Danh Vo, Tris Vonna-Michell, Jeronimo Voss, The World, Holger Wüst, Haegue Yang, Thomas Zipp.
The Goethe-Institut supports four important exhibitions in 2013 showing Art from Germany celebrating Ireland’s Presidency of the European Union: Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke at the Royal Hibernian Academy, “False Optimism” which feature artists living and working in Berlin at the Crawford Gallery in Cork, Tino Sehgal and the major exhibition “I knOw yoU” featuring 49 artists at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
The exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Dublin. The exhibition is supported financially by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Belgian Embassy as well as by the Department for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
Tuesday: 10am – 5.30pm, Wednesday: 10.30am – 5.30pm, Thursday: 10am – 7pm, Friday and Saturday: 10am – 5.30pm, Sunday and Bank Holidays: 12noon – 5.30pm, Monday: Closed.