NordArt 2019: 1 June – 13 October 2019
Public Opening Ceremony: 1 June 2019 at 5 pm
Entrance in the sculpture park and catering from 3 pm, the halls are open 6 pm - 8 pm
Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday 11 am – 7 pm
Artists of the NordArt
The 21st edition of the large summer exhibition will feature paintings, photographs, sculptures and installations by more than 200 artists from all over the world. Each artwork stands for itself and at the same time in dialogue with the others.
This year's Focus Country is on France with its own pavilion under the patronage of the Ambassador of France in Germany, Anne-Marie Descôtes. In collaboration with curators Jérôme Cotinet-Alphaize and Marianne Derrien, the country pavilion titled "Some of Us – an overview on the French Art Scene" is dedicated to French female artists born between the late 1960s and early 1990s who have made a name for themselves in our neighbouring country and beyond in recent years. The exhibition aims to investigate the development across two generations of women, illuminating commonalities and examining what is typically French or perhaps Western. "Some of Us" is an exhibition in two parts: "Focus" is based on a selection of emerging artists with recent recognition in France. As a complement to this focus, the second exhibition "Statement" offers a panorama of more than a hundred female artists.
Mongolian contemporary artists, to whom NordArt gave a major stage in 2015 and 2016, will once again show a selection of their works. These pieces of art feed on animistic petroglyphs, Buddhist iconography, traditional painting, socialist realism and Western-influenced abstraction, which coalesce into a new, very unique style. Under the exhibition title "In der Welt Sein: Encountering Sublimity", 23 artists from Mongolia are presented, curated by Bodibaatar Jigjidsuren and Oyuntuya Oyunjargal.
The ACO Wagenremise building sets an important regional focus by zeroing in on the North German Realists, who joined forces 30 years ago and have long been a fixture in the art scene. In the fall of 1989, when the political landscape of Europe began to move, a circle of artists, inspired by Nikolaus Störtenbecker, started to look into new ways of painting and drawing directly in front of the object, thus conveying a very own signal.
NordArt will again be presenting new highlights from China in 2019. After Liu Ruowang's spectacular apes and Xu Bing's phoenixes, visitors can look forward to Noah's Garden by Deng Guoyuan and Babylonian by Xi Jianjun. All prize winners of NordArt 2018 will be represented with new works this year. These include the three Public Choice Award winners Xiang Jing, Zhang Dali and Ekaterina Zacharova as well as Michal Gabriel, winner of the NordArt Prize sponsored by Hans-Julius and Johanna Ahlmann.
Chief Curator of NordArt: Wolfgang Gramm / Co-curator of NordArt: Inga Aru Hosts of Kunstwerk Carlshütte: Hans-Julius Ahlmann & Johanna Ahlmann