IN THE OPEN [2016]

A dialogue with the art collection of Humboldt University

08.06.2016 – 08.07.2016

Opening on 07th of June 2016, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

On the occasion of its 200th exhibition, the Kleine Humboldt Galerie invites artists to engage with the art collection of Humboldt University Berlin. The collection comprehends more than one thousand objects from the past three centuries, including monuments, paintings, drawings, sculptures, textiles, graphics and medals.

IN THE OPEN promotes dialogue: Contemporary artists focus on particular objects, thereby approaching the collection from multiple perspectives. Their artistic analyses aim to uncover systematics of historiography, institutional identification and the politics of gender representation. Furthermore, the artists reflect on the collection’s political context, its temporality and presentation as well as on issues of accessibility and exclusion.

The exhibition is accompanied by a framework programme that will examine the collection’s functional relation to the university and its heterogeneous audience of staff, students and public.


07.06.2016, 7pm: Opening
11.06.2016, 5pm – 12am: Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften: Guided tours and artist talks
04.07.2016, 7pm: Panel discussion
08.07.2016, 7pm: Exhibition closing


Maria Anwander
Hannah Cooke
Katharina von Hagenow
Ahmet Ögüt
Julieta Ortiz de Latierro
Lisa Peters

Curated by Jasmeen Adeoshun, Merle Dammhayn, Hanna Fiegenbaum, Lisa Füssel, Viktor Hömpler, Mette Kleinsteuber, Julia Modes, Luise Moerke, Monika Simm, Liz Stumpf and Antonia Wolff.

Special thanks to Ines Bartsch-Huth, Dr. Steffen Hofmann, Dr. Angelika Keune, Dagmar Oehler und Detlef Damis.

The exhibition has been made possible by the generous support of the Humboldt-Universitäts-Gesellschaft.

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