KUNSTHAUS DRESDEN, GERMANY, 5/2 - 26/4 2020
Performance with Rolling Angels, and exhibition on Life-boats
is part of the 75-year commemoration for the bombing og Dresden, Germany,
on 13th of February 1945
PRESS RELEASE FROM KUNSTHAUS DRESDEN
Wed, Feb 5 - Wed, Feb 5, 2020, 5:30 p.m. Place: Kulturpalast / Wilsdruffer Straße DRESDEN
ROLLING ANGELS KICKS OFF
We warmly invite you to start the ROLLING ANGELS project with a greeting from the Mayor of the State Capital and in the presence of the artist Marit Benthe Norheim and the composer Geir Johnson
9. FEB – 26. APRIL, I KUNSTHAUS DRESDEN
Kunsthaus Dresden direktør Christiane Mennicke-Schwarz vil også arbeide for på sikt å få Life-boats til Dresden, men i første omgang vil hun gjerne gi Life-boats et rom på utstillingen Requiem, hvor hun vil presentere Mit skib er ladet med Minder, og det denne delen av prosjektet står for.
Welcome to the OPENING of Requiem on Saturday, February 8th at 6pm with an introduction by Christiane Mennicke-Schwarz (Kunsthaus Dresden) and Dr. Dirk Pörschmann (Director Museum for Sepulchral Culture Kassel)
Excerps from the first mail request from Kunsthaus Dresden
“For February next year we are preparing an exhibition and an intervention in public space in Dresden. Both are developed around the commemoration of the end of Second World War, February 1945 when Dresden, as many other European cities was heavily bombarded. In Dresden this commemoration has a conflictual history. This motivated us and also the city to intervene artistically into the scenario from time to time during the last decade.
The main conflict lines are, that this commemoration of course has to be seen and held in a European dimension, after all war and fascism has been initiated from Germany and led to tremendous suffering, of course Dresden is only, but one of many communities which has suffered in consequence, all over the world.
Together with the city municipality and many other groups from the civil sphere it is always a big aim, to keep up this consciousness and make sure, that right wing groups, who try to occupy and instrumentalize the historical events for their current aims, cannot dominate the scenario.
The imprint of your Rolling Angels got stuck in my head, as such but also in relation to the experiences of these days.
We have suffered a lot of aggressive atmosphere in this time, due to the right wing, and then again the protests around their instrumentaliations. The angels, somehow, could insert a different energy into this scenario, an unquestionable essence of empathy, authority (spiritually of course) and mourning in a universal sense, also addressing contemporary causes to mourn.
This whole context in the public space however requires a specific response, in order not to open the door for a huge number of artistic contributions somehow evolving around issues of war and mourning. So I was wondering, whether it would at all be imaginable to think of, possibly in collaboration with Geir Johnson, one or two additional Angels, responding to this specific situation, current situations of mourning civil victims of war all over the world ...”
Christiane Mennicke-Schwarz, Leitung / director Kunsthaus Dresden
Kunsthaus Dresden, Städtische Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, Rähnitzgasse 8, D-01097 Dresden
Städtische Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, Rähnitzgasse 8, D-01097 Dresden, Germany