Ten years after the global financial crisis in 2008, the Kunsthalle Mannheim will investigate how the art world responds to and portrays the economy. The exhibition will feature a comprehensive two-part review which examines the theme with respect to modernity and the current events.
In the first part, the curators explore the art developments which arose between the two world wars in the United States, the socialistic Soviet Union and the Weimar Republic in Germany with their varying societal models and contrasting economies. The exhibition will display numerous international loans, e.g. paintings, graphic works, posters, photography and films, and emphasise how the economic upswing and the economic crisis were expressed in visual culture and the fine arts. Attention will also focus on industrialisation and the relationship between man and machine.
The second part of the exhibition is devoted to the 21st century and examines the changing views regarding work. Continuing the lines of investigation from the first section, this part will establish a link to a working world in flux and the conditions of globalisation. The exhibition will present about 35 international contemporary works from the areas of film, installation, photography, performance and social action. The artworks will explore issues of today’s professional world, comprising a spectrum ranging from physical exploitation to computer-aided management. They also make reference to global production processes, speculative financial ventures, digitalisation and information surveillance. Particular emphasis is placed on works which explore the aftermath of the financial crisis in 2008.
Artistic director: Ulrike Lorenz
Curators: Eckhart Gillen, Inge Herold, Sebastian Baden
Artists: Thomas Hirschhorn (CH), Alicja Kwade, Sanja Ivekovic (HR), Andreas Siekmann, Georg Winter
Performance: Zefrey Throwell (US)