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PalaisPopulaire presents 2023 exhibition program

March 8–December 31, 2023

Between March 8 and December 31, 2023, Palais Populaire will present its 2023 exhibition schedule.

Isaac Julien: PLAYTIME
Works from the Wemhöner Collection
March 8–July 10, 2023

In 2014, five years after the globe was rocked by a worldwide banking and financial catastrophe, Isaac Julien’s film Playtime aired to explore an important question: can capital be made visible?

By tracing the biographies of six protagonists—interconnected characters in the worlds of art and finance—Isaac Julien discovered narrative imagery for the process of capital interlocking at the global level, dialectically intertwining a macroscopic and a microscopic perspective.

The Palais Populaire and the Wemhöner Collection have collaborated to shed new light on Playtime from a contemporary perspective and to attest to the work’s relevance, as capital as a medium plays into almost all political, social, and societal issues and influences the lives of nearly every human being on this planet.

Curated by Philipp Bollmann, Wemhöner Collection.

The Struggle of Memory
Deutsche Bank Collection

Part 1: April 18–October 3, 2023
Part 2: October 20, 2023–March 11, 2024

“A tangled, murky zone where fantasy and images, desire and loss, and wit and guilt reside” is how the American conceptual artist Robert Morris once described memory.

This intoxicating blend may be found in the next exhibition, which is primarily drawn from the Deutsche Bank Collection. This exhibition, curated by Kerryn Greenberg, will be on display in two parts, the first in Spring 2023 and the second in Autumn 2023.

The Battle of Memory is a response to Deutsche Bank’s acquisitions during the last decade, many of which are by African artists or people of African heritage. This is one of the legacies of the late Nigerian curator Okwui Enwezor, director of the seminal documenta 11 and a long-standing member of Deutsche Bank’s Global Art Advisory Council.

This exhibition tries to find the unstable, exploit the slippages, and make apparent that the struggle against power is a war of memory against forgetting by focusing on human narratives, alternative views, and lesser-known stories.

The artists include Sammy Baloji, Yto Barrada, Mohamed Camara, Samuel Fosso, Anawana Haloba, Lubaina Himid, Lebohang Kganye, Wangechi Mutu, Paulo Nazareth, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Jo Ractliffe, Berni Searle, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Mikhael Subotzky, Kara Walker, Alberta Whittle, and Hoy Cheong Wong. 

Kerryn Greenberg is the Associate Curator for the upcoming 14th Gwangju Biennale and co-Director of New Curators.

Leben in Bildern. Ein Portrait des Sehens 
July 29–August 14, 2024

The exhibition traces the various stages of a human life in a dialectical discourse on art.

Works from various times of origin are arranged in intriguing conversations, from which conclusions about human existential topics might be formed. Life in Pictures. Ein Portrait des Sehens, an exhibition commemorating Rudolf Zwirner’s 90th birthday, is an appeal for art to be recognized as an essential aspect of the human condition.

Curated by Philipp Bollmann and Michael Müller.

La Chola Poblete
Deutsche Bank “Artist of the Year” 2023

September 6, 2023–February 5, 2024

La Chola Poblete has been chosen “Artist of the Year” by Deutsche Bank for 2023. The Argentine addresses the consequences of colonialism and white supremacy critically. She reflects on her indigenous and queer backgrounds via paintings, watercolors, sculptures, and performances, and she fights stereotyping and exoticization of indigenous peoples. The PalaisPopulaire will host La Chola Poblete’s first solo show in Europe. The Deutsche Bank Global Art Advisory Board, which includes famous curators Hou Hanru, Udo Kittelmann, and Victoria Noorthoorn, recommends the “Artist of the Year” award.

Curated by Britta Färber, Global Head of Art Deutsche Bank

On PalaisPopulaire
The Deutsche Bank PalaisPopulaire is a forum for those who want to enjoy art and culture in an interdisciplinary setting under one roof. To that purpose, our museum provides a diverse program that brings together various facets of current culture. These comprises exhibitions from the Deutsche Bank Collection, “Artist of the Year” presentations, and shows in collaboration with international museum partners or private collections.

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