Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
Lichtentaler Allee 8A
D-76530 Baden-Baden, Deutschland
Contact: Karola Grässlin (dir)
The Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden is an exhibition venue for international modern and contemporary art. Built in 1909 to a design by architects Hermann Billing and Wilhelm Vittali at the park on Lichtentaler Allee, the museum has at its disposal nine sky-lit rooms and a cabinet (approx. 700 square metres in all) for mounting alternating exhibitions. The Neo-Classicist building, which houses no collection of its own, provides an ideal platform for staging dialogues between the artwork and its surrounding space; the versatility of this forum facilitates that dialogue in all the media (painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation).
The Kunsthalle owes its reputation in the international art context not just to its unusually attractive rooms, but also to its consistent promotion of contemporary art and its close cooperation with artists and international partners, a collaboration to which all the museum's directors have felt duty bound since the state of Baden-Württemberg took over the institution in 1952.
In addition to extensive monographic shows (Dan Flavin, Chuck Close, Cindy Sherman, John Armleder, or, more recently, Rita McBride, Thomas Ruff and Corinne Wasmuht) and group exhibitions of young art from at home and abroad, the exhibition programme since 1998 has also included studio exhibitions, which represent a forum for young artists (Peter Bonde, Mette Tronvoll, Stefan Hoderlein).
Furthermore, theme-oriented exhibitions reflect and enliven the current status of art discourse, or else take up specific thematic or formal issues: for example, 'Minimal Maximal' examined the reception of Minimalism in the 1990s, 'Bad Bad' the ironic use of pictorial vocabularies coloured by clichés and consumerism, and 'Die verletzte Diva' the interplay between hysteria, body and technology in 20th century art. In 2001/2002, an exhibition entitled 'Du sollst Dir ein Bild machen – Die fremden Ebenbilder des Menschen in der Kunst' focused on man as reflected in associated fields, be they otherworldly ('Big Nothing'), mechanical ('Ich bin mein Auto') or animalistic ('Das Tier in mir'). With 'Prophets of Boom – Werke aus der Sammlung Schürmann', in 2002, a series presenting private collections of young art began: 'Die Wohltat der Kunst – Postfeministische Positionen der 90er Jahre aus der Sammlung Goetz' (2002), '(In Search of) The Perfect Lover – Werke von Louise Bourgeois, Marlene Dumas, Paul McCarthy und Raymond Pettibon aus der Sammlung Hauser and Wirth' (2003). February 2004 will mark the beginning of the exhibition trilogy 'Multiple Räume – Seele, Park, Film', with the show 'Seele – Konstruktionen des Innerlichen in der Kunst'.
In order to mediate the artistic positions and issues presented in the exhibitions, the Kunsthalle organises regular discussions, lectures and talks with artists in a series entitled "DIALOG/DIAGONAL".
For information on the current programme and its accompanying events, as well as on the cinema-summer in the park in front of the Kunsthalle, concerts, and readings, we publish a Newsletter four times a year; with its brief introductions to the exhibitions, this publication complements the exhibition catalogues.
September 2002 saw the beginning of construction work on the building that will house the internationally first-rate Frieder Burda Collection, the Kunsthalle's partner and future neighbour. The years 2003 and 2004 also mean a period of reconstruction and renewal for the Kunsthalle. With due respect for the architecture of Hermann Billing, much-lauded by visitors, architects and artists alike, the Kunsthalle foyer is to be considerably extended so as to be able to accommodate new functions. The reconstruction will integrate the glazed bridge in the foyer linking the Kunsthalle and the Frieder Burda Collection, and a joint café for visitors to both museums will be included. What is more, during the day the foyer will also be an inspiring reading-room, while in the evening it can be a venue for film showings and other events. In the course of this re-building work in 2003/2004, the Kunsthalle will still be presenting exhibitions and projects and cultivating a concerted dialogue with its visitors in the form of lectures and talks with artists.
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