"Paula Modersohn-Becker and the Worpsweder" is an exhibition of the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations. In addition to drawings and etchings by Paula Modersohn-Becker it shows drawings by Otto Modersohn and graphics of other members of the Worpswede artists' colony - Hans at the end, Fritz Mackensen, Fritz Overbeck and Heinrich Vogeler - from the period from 1895 to 1906.
The exhibition shows the emergence of a young generation of artists in opposition to the strict academic conception. To work in direct intuition of nature, the artists moved their studios to the countryside, to the moorland of Worpswede. Paula Modersohn-Becker took the most radical path, the way to the modern age. Her great role models - Cézanne, van Gogh and Gauguin - strengthened her in turning away from the image of the external appearance, in the search for the inner essence of things. The simplification of the form arising from that is to be discovered above all in the drawings, which often exceed the paintings in terms of radicalism. They show the unmistakable creative power which establishes Modersohn-Becker's rank in German art.
To this day, her work and the Worpswede artist colony have lost nothing of their fascination, but rather increased their relevance in the social discussion about man, nature and landscape.
The new age of power over nature is now being called by scientists “the Anthropocene,” or "the Human Age", or “Age of Man.” While it is true anthropogenic processes have had planetary effects, the term depoliticises the ecological crisis, which is seen as a key question of our times, and hence demands deeper explorations. The ecological underpinnings of human societies are foundational and multi-dimensional. Nature defies clear demarcation. Any attempt to classify it will possibly hide more than it reveals. It needs to be examined not only from historical, cultural, political perspectives, and the many other ways in which it is visualized and evoked, but also from the perspective of the non-human.
Following the conference in August 2019, a thematically complementary exhibition on the subject of "State of Nature in India" will follow in the Gallery MMB.
This solo exhibition presents photographs by one of Germany's most distinguished photographers. Spanning forty years, Barbara Klemm’s works bear witness to Germany's recent history, in a country that was divided for decades. Many of her pictures have become “icons of contemporary history”, shaping the cultural memory of several generations. She has created a body of photographs which combine the documentary and the artistic in a manner seldom encountered in German press photography. She adds her own perspective to the documentary genre, following artistic principles of composition.
"Games and Politics" is an interactive exhibition by the Goethe-Institute in cooperation with ZKM I Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe.
Whether computer games are seen as a political issue, as an entertainment medium or – even – as art, they all have to be views in a contextual manner. Every game positions itself in a society and picks it out as the central issue at the same time. A political relevance can be postulated for all computer games, even if they seem to evade any political action. Because the following holds true even in these games: The players issue directions but must play by the rules of the game in order to be able to play at all. At the other end of this spectrum are games which are consciously used for the purposes of political education or propaganda objectives. The touring exhibition "Games and Politics" examines how computer games unfold their political potential.