Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden presents its 2023 program.
What can a public art institution offer in the Black Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its self-care resort? Introspection? Reflection? Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden is pleased to present its 2023 program, which continues the search for new forms and experimental formats that oscillate between dramaturgy and curation, exhibition space and the stage, with a new team. A diversity of critical discourses, media, materialities, and trans-disciplinary approaches are critical to transforming a public institution into a collective form, as a shared studio that fosters pluralistic, engaging, and collaborative ways of working together; here, the next stepping stone on the path toward reconfiguration of the limits and possibilities of exhibition making and public engagement may come from the physicality of an artwork, a historical reference, a co-production, or a collaboration.
Yvonne Rainer: HELLZAPOPPIN’—What about the bees?
January 27–29, 2023
This new performance by American dancer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer, a prominent innovator in a variety of disciplines including dance, cinema, theory, conceptual, and feminist art, will kick off the Kunsthalle’s 2023 season. Tickets are available online.
Candice Breitz: Whiteface
February 3–April 2, 2023
Candice Breitz, who was born and reared in South Africa during apartheid, uses her work to grapple systematically with whiteness. In recent years, she has amassed a collection of found-footage fragments depicting white individuals discussing “race.” She appropriates and ventriloquizes dozens of sounds drawn from this archive in her new work, which gives the exhibition its title, channeling them via her own body.
Jan St. Werner: Space Synthesis
May 5–July 2, 2023
The Kunsthalle is transformed into a soundhall by Space Synthesis. This dynamic study of acoustic thinking means that what one person can and cannot perceive may differ from what another person can and cannot perceive. The dynamic size and shape of the stage built between the sound sources and the reflected surfaces affects all spectators. The noises, the reflecting material, the performer, and the audience are all intertwined in a fluid multi-perspectival situation.
Auditions for an Unwritten Opera
July 14–September 3, 2023
This exhibition takes its title from an important piece by British-born Australian-Turkish Cypriot Mutlu Çerkez (1964-2005), and is influenced by his distinctive approach to titling. He proposed a new form of life for his works, diverging conceptually from their narration, production, or materiality by frequently assigning them a title based on a future date on which they would be reproduced. His work will steer the exhibition, among works by a new wave of queer, critical, and radical practices that question the acts of rehearsal, living documentation, and artist life as a biography of change.
November 24, 2023–February 25, 2024
Sarkis increased his studies on the concept of Kriegsschatz in relation to colonial logic in Western art during his stay in Germany. He is returning “home” in 2023. It is a home where his vast armory stretches the contours of an art institution as a dramatic stage; a place where we are encouraged to see the monumental, astounding scale of—and convergences between—his life and work.
July 14–November 12, 2023
The London-based artist investigates the roles of artists, institutions, and exhibitions in terms of ownership, communal authorship, and social justice. The Kunsthalle Baden Baden will exhibit her new project, which will reinvent the public use of archives by drawing on the institution’s past.
Viron Erol Vert: Cafe Kunsthalle
The Cafe in the Kunsthalle has long been a venue for artistic interventions. This legacy will be continued by Viron Erol Vert, who will rediscover the Kunsthalle’s structure by drawing inspiration from the architectural and spatial aspects of a spa.
An Imaginary Audience is, as part of SYNCH series, based on wide-ranging research into the exhibition history of performance art at the institution. It is on view until April 23, 2023.