The garden-city settlement of Hellerau was founded on the periphery of Dresden in 1909 and was based on the urban development concept of combining all areas of life, work, culture and education. By 1914, Hellerau had established itself as an importance centre for theatre, dance, architecture and the fine arts.
The history of Hellerau was the starting point and focus of this exhibition by the New Saxon Art Association (NSVK) in cooperation with the European Center for the Arts Hellerau and the Leipzig Gallery of Contemporary Art. Its curators wished to re-examine the idea of the garden city from a 21st-century perspective. The works by international fine and performing artists provided on-site analysis and commentary on the specific historical and architectural context, and thereby contributed to the current discourse concerning the culture of memory and the politics of remembering.
Theatre and dance performances at the festival theatre accompanied the exhibition and demonstrated that the discontinued tradition of exchange between art genres has future potential in Hellerau. This exhibition was the first to be held at the new NSVK headquarters in Hellerau and marked both its 20th anniversary and the beginning of many years of future exhibitions.
Curator: Ilina Koralova
Artists: Martin Dammann, Heike Gallmeier, Oliver Kossack, Daniela Kostova (BG/USA), Kristina Leko (HR), Via Lewandowsky, Marion Porten, Jozef Robakowski (P), Isa Rosenberger (A), Egill Saebjornsson (IS), Tilo Schulz, Sean Snyder (USA), Adrien Tirtiaux (B/A), Frank Voigt, Petra Lorenz