Current Exhibition

Freedom!

Opening: April 11, 2013
Exhibition: April 12, 2013 - August 04, 2013

The Kunstpalais dedicates a group exhibition to the topic 'freedom' due to the 200th anniversary of the decisive battle of the nations of the wars of liberation in 1813. Recent revolutions in the Arab world are regarded as a starting point for the exhibition and some of the artworks are dealing with this subject. The concept of the show seeks to investigate the topic of political liberty, the fight for democracy and human rights, the desire for departure and the struggle for self-determination.
What does freedom mean today? Ilija Trojanow, Juli Zeh and Mathias Döpfner have already warned to give up freedom in order to apparently achieve more security. In his book 'Die Freiheitsfalle' ('The Trap of Freedom') Döpfner writes that for Europeans liberty is solely an emotional, subjective experience whereas for other peoples freedom often means an existential struggle for basic rights: 'Europeans marvel and comment on how Americans, Chinese, Indians, Brazilians and Arabs change the world. The defence of freedom as a universal value has hardly a pow-erful voice in Europe any more. The old world has become old.' Is that true?
Twelve internationally renowned artists examine the highly explosive topic from various points of view. Numerous new artworks have been created for the show.

Amongst others with: Alexander Apóstol (Venezuela), Johanna Billing (Sweden), CAMP (India), Haejun Jo (South Korea), Bouchra Khalili (Morocco), Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen (Denmark), Klara Lidén (Sweden), Lars Ø Ramberg (Norway), Nedko Solakov (Bulgaria), Ai Weiwei (China), Artur Zmijewski (Poland).