Günther Förg

Out of Place (group show)
The Third Mediterranean Biennale, Sakhnin Valley
30 June - 16 December 2017

The Third Mediterranean Biennale offers an alternative platform which emphasizes the local processes being created in the region and enhances their cultural impact by means of art directed toward the community, art that bridges cultures, emerges from the museum walls, integrates into the city and turns the city into a museum.

The Mediterranean Biennale will serve as a venue for raising issues such as: How to restore art to the public; what is the relevance of art in today's consumer society; and art as a bridge between cultures.

The Mediterranean Biennale aims to bring a new approach to the region by means of artistic activities in the hope of creating the basis for a dialogue between people and coexistence between communities living in conflict as well as promoting education for peace, tolerance and non-violence through cooperation based on equality and reciprocity. The Biennale aims to restore mutual trust, to bridge gaps in the perception of the other and encourage diversity and coexistence in order to create an environment where individuals and groups of diverse religion and ethnicity share common values and coexist peacefully.

This Mediterranean Biennale becomes a regional biennale held in the Sakhnin Valley, in Israel in the communities of Misgav, Sakhnin, Arraba and Deir Hanna, and creating a course of various places, people and congregations that are exposed to the general public by means of art while instigating a platform for dialogue. Widening the Biennale creates a channel for cooperation between communities living in the area under the concept of a face-to-face rather than a back-to-back situation.

The Mediterranean Biennale will take place under the title of: Out of Place. The exhibition Out of Place relates to issues of identity, place, time and individualty in an era of global culture while critically addressing the topics of place, local identity and culture in view of the changes occurring today. The exhibition Out of Place aims to establish a dialogue between people and create a place where everyone can have their say in a discussion where there are no winners or losers. The exhibition reminds us that we are not independent of the manner in which the present refugee crisis is developing: we are part of the crisis but we are also part of its possible solution. The nature of the exhibition Out of Place can be one that highlights disillusionment and hopelessness, or on the contrary one that opens up possibilities of acting against current incitement by means of solidarity, common ideals and sense of community.

The Mediterranean Biennale


Günther Förg, Thomas Struth et al.

German Encounters - Contemporary Masterworks from the Deutsche Bank Collection (group show)
Garage Gallery, Doha Fire Station, Qatar Museums, Doha
3 October 2017 - 20 January 2018

A Major highlight of the Qatar Germany 2017 Year of Culture is a selection of artworks from the Deutsche Bank Collection – one of the world's most important corporate collections of contemporary art – on show at the Garage Gallery at the Fire Station.

More than 100 exemplary works on paper including photographs, and paintings by 27 artists provide an informative overview of the development of German art – and thus also of the history of the country – from the 1960s up to the present day.

Qatar Museums

Günther Förg, Thomas Struth et al.

Shared Space: A New Era (group show)
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield
1 October 2017 - 22 April 2018

Günther Forg, Häuser und Fenster: Cité radieuse III, Marseille, 1987 Courtesy the Estate of Günther Förg and Bank of America Collection
Günther Forg, Häuser und Fenster: Cité radieuse III, Marseille, 1987 Courtesy the Estate of Günther Förg and Bank of America Collection

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is pleased to present Shared Space: A New Era, an exhibition of photographs and video from 1987 through 2010 that considers the world’s social, economic, and political climate over the past thirty years and how the growing impact of technology during this time, with radically increased and diversified communication, has introduced a new phase of globalization. This exhibition has been curated by Lillian Lambrechts from the Bank of America Collection and is on loan from its Art in our Communities® program.

Shared Space features contemporary artists from twelve countries: the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland. These artists capture myriad spaces for communication and interaction—urban and rural landscapes, homes and backyards, city streets and plazas, and ports and terminals. The exhibition’s point of departure is 1987, a seminal year that marks the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, and soon thereafter the fall of the Berlin Wall, events marking the end of the Cold War and the beginning of a new age of international exchange.

Sze Tsung Leong’s cityscapes illustrate the impact of a global economy. Thomas Ruff’s and Günther Förg’s photographs show the rapid transformation of the built environment through images of Modernist architecture constructed upon utopian ideals, now derelict and failing to realize its original intention. Photographs by Raghubir Singh, Thomas Struth, and Massimo Vitali depict masses of people gathering in public spaces from Los Angeles to Vietnam, and the Netherlands—expressing an unprecedented universality of access to information. Despite the interconnectivity of this time, a distancing and disconnect remains between individuals and groups, near and afar, as evidenced in Ben Gest’s Jessica & Samantha (2003), family members in close physical proximity who seem deeply psychologically distanced from one another. Shared Space reminds viewers of their place in the world and their role and impact on current global and interpersonal affairs while also provoking them to consider how they will contribute to “shared space” in the future.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield

Günther Förg

Light Sensitive 2: Photography from the Schaufler Collection (group show)
Schauwerk, Sindelfingen
15 April - 2 September 2018

The museum will link this show to the LICHTEMPFINDLICH exhibition of 2011, which had presented the large collection of this medium to the public for the first time in the impressive space of the former high rack warehouse in the SCHAUWERK. This lofty storage space inspires with its revolving ramp, which extends over 15 metres upward: an exhibition place par excellence for photography, with spectacular visual axes for viewing from near and afar.

Along with major works from the first exhibition, LICHTEMPFINDLICH 2 will also display photographs that previously haven’t been shown, so that a more comprehensive representation of the contemporary photography collection can occur. The main interest of the collectors Peter Schaufler and Christiane Schaufler-Münch is not directed toward the medium and its history per se, but leans more toward the fascination that arises from certain motifs, pictorial inventions, and their formal transformations.

The classic genres of photography—nude, portrait, landscape, architecture, or industry—are mirrored in the works, but are often citations or stages of conceptual processes. Most of the protagonists within the context of this collection have left behind the conventional framework of photography.

Schauwerk, Sindelfingen

André Butzer, Günther Förg et al.

Aftermieter (group show)
Haus Modräth - Räume für Kunst, Kerpen
23 April 2017 - 15 November 2018

Installation view. Courtesy Haus Mödrath. Photo: Simon Vogel.
Installation view. Courtesy Haus Mödrath. Photo: Simon Vogel.

Haus Mödrath - Räume für Kunst will open in April 2017 with the exhibition Aftermieter (Day Roomer), curated by Veit Loers. Quite a few of the about 20 participating international artists have visited Mödrath and are working on their ideas. The focus is on the house itself: civilization and domesticated nature. An abysmal transformation on many levels: from society to individual, from resident to artefact, from animalism to altruism, from artistic strategy to epiphany, from Günther Förg to Eva Kotátková, from Kris Lemsalu to Neil Beloufa – all the way from the cellar to the attic. Next to internationally renowned artists like Andreas Slominski, Michaela Eichwald, Georg Herold, Ed Atkins or Katja Novitskova there are new and re-discoveries like Ajay Kurian and Eric Bainbridge. Several site-specific works will be exclusively produced for this premiere.

Haus Mödrath