Contemporary Art from Germany
curated by Angelika Stepken and Philipp Ziegler
Artists: Nairy Baghramian, DAS INSTITUT (Kerstin Brätsch & Adele Röder), Mariana Castillo Deball, Cyprien Gaillard, Dani Gal, Annette Kelm, Jutta Koether, Armin Linke, Antje Majewski, Henrik Olesen, Yorgos Sapountzis, Nora Schultz, Nasan Tur, Danh Vo, Clemens von Wedemeyer.
CCA | Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle Warsaw
February 1 – April 21, 2014
opening: January 31, 2014, 6:00 PM
press conference: January 31, 2014, 11:00 AM
From the 1st of February to the 21st of April 2014, at the CCA Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, there will be an opportunity to view the works of noteworthy artists who are creating the contemporary German art scene. Curated by Angelika Stepken and Philipp Ziegler, the exhibition Future Perfect. Contemporary Art from Germany has been put together by sixteen artists – being a part of the middle and younger generations – mainly based in Berlin, but originate from various countries such as France, Norway, Greece, Vietnam, and Mexico.
The exhibition is trying to question our ability to speak about the future in the present world. “Future perfect,” in fact, is a tense describing events and activities that will be completed (or not) before, after, or at some point in the future. The tense can also be used to predict events and is one of the more enigmatic forms of describing time. From this perspective, the works that constitute the exhibition pertain to the issue of an uncertain future and what can create it – in relation to the past and present. The future becomes a concept, an object of speculation and predictions, an attempt to escape from the patterns of thinking, but also a reference to contemporary struggles and thoughts about possibilities and impossibilities.
The opulence of the ideas is portrayed in the form of their presentation. The artists, who contribute their creative output to the exhibition, use a variety of media: film, photography, sculpture, painting, installations, and collages. The artists encourage the public to employ the same creative approach, as they did in their works, to the interpretation of the past and thinking about what may possibly lay ahead of us. Perhaps a joint creative activity is just what we need to reduce the fear of a vague tomorrow?
Future Perfect is the most recent touring exhibition from the ifa(Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, www.ifa.de). Thanks to cooperation from the Goethe-Institut and CCA Ujazdowski Castle, the exhibition will be presented in Warsaw for the first time within the frame of its world tour.
The Goethe-Institut in Warsaw supports the exhibition with a rich program of collateral events.
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication in German and English.
Executive producer: ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
CCA’s media patrons: TOK FM, Elle Decoration, Harper’s Bazaar, KMAG, Aktivist, Warsaw Insider, Hiro, Stolica, Label Magazine,artinfo.pl, PURPOSE
Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle Warsaw is a National Cultural Institution supported by Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
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