Süddeutsche Zeitung Kultur, 9. Maj 2020
KUNSTHAUS DRESDEN, GERMANY, 5/2 - 24/5 2020
Performance with Rolling Angels, and exhibition on Life-boats
is part of the 75-year commemoration for the bombardment og Dresden, Germany,
on 13th of February 1945
PRESS RELEASE FROM KUNSTHAUS DRESDEN
Mit sicherem Abstand [At a Safe Distance]. An art action on both sides of the Dresdner Elbufer on May 8
KUNSTHAUS DRESDEN - Press release 06(05-2020
The art performance taking place on Saturday, May 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the Elbufer on both sides of the Elbe River in Dresden, centers on the showing appreciation for 75 years of peace and commemorating the anniversary of the end of the Second World War and thus of the National Socialist period in Dresden.
The performance with 17 rolling angel sculptures made of white concrete by the Norwegian-Danish artist Marit Benthe Norheim with music by composer Geir Johnson will be presented under the title ROLLING ANGELS. Mit sicherem Abstand simultaneously on both banks of the Elbe at the three historical bridges, Augustusbrücke, Albertbrücke and Blaues Wunder. All bridges in Dresden, except for Blaues Wunder, were destroyed by German troops shortly before the end of the war and rebuilt after the war. Today, the bridges can also be regarded as symbols of the connectedness of the urban community.
The performance stands for a reassessment of closeness and empathy that in times of the Corona pandemic preoccupies people all over the world.
ROLLING ANGELS ON MISSION IN DRESDEN
The arrival of Rolling Angels to the centre in front of the Culture Palace in Dresden on 5 November 2015.
Photo: Anja Schneider
Marit Benthe Norheim with the Roling Angels, just before they are leaving for 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 – 24. MAY, 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
The North Jutland Norwegian-born artist Benthe Norheim rolls 17 angels created in concrete into Dresden on an emotional mission. This is to mark the 75th anniversary of the Allies' bombing of Dresden during World War II.
Kunsthaus Dresden, Städtische Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, Rähnitzgasse 8, D-01097 Dresden
Städtische Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, Rähnitzgasse 8, D-01097 Dresden, Germany