||WUNDERLAND : July - December 2009
Wunderland melds two antithetical paradigms: the diligent positivism of the legendary, post-War, West German Wirtschaftswunderland, with the fantastic reality of Alice, in whose "Wonderland" rational principles are not the norm. A spectacular and arbitrary growth prevails where all creatures are defined by the credo, “Be what you would seem to be”. The projects of Wunderland are situated in a jungle of paradoxes, lies and deception, utopias, dystopias, ideological and practical politics, enclaves and exclaves, and between an optimistic and cynical vision of tomorrow.
• Press release
Wunderland is supported by the European Cultural Foundation.
||LANDREFORM : November 2008 - March 2009
The land of Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum is in a state urban transformation. With the recent economic downturn notwithstanding, development is on the horizon. Both municipal authorities and private investors have been drawing up plans for this downtown wasteland, which was once the boundary between East and West Berlin. In LANDREFORM, the 5 founding members of Skulpturenpark present individual projects which subvert the claims to the land and the inevitability of its future.
The exhibition series is generously funded by Kunstfonds, Bonn, Germany.
||5th berlin biennial for contemporary art : April 5 – June 15, 2008
When things cast no shadow
curated by Adam Szymczyk and Elena Filipovic
Kunst-Werke Institute of Contemporary Art
Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum was selected as one of four venues to host the 5th berlin biennial for contemporary art, curated by Adam Szymczyk and Elena Filipovic. The biennial comprised two parts, day and night. During the day, artworks and specially commissioned projects were on view at Kunst-Werke Insitute for Contemporary Art, Neue Nationalgalerie, Schinkel Pavillon, and Skulpturenpark. During the night, the exhibition continued in the form of events held in widely different sites throughout the city every evening for the duration of the biennial. Thus expanding the spatial and temporal conditions of the typical exhibition, the 5th berlin biennial brought together artists of different generations and from around the world and aimed to privilege in-depth dialogue with artists, new productions, and context responsive projects. (text adapted from KW press release)
For more info and documentation: bb05 website
Skulpturenpark night event on June 10, 2008
Matthias Einhoff, Philip Horst, Markus Lohmann, Harry Sachs, Daniel Seiple
||SPEKULATIONEN : November 2007 - March 2008
Skulpturenpark Berlin_Zentrum consists of 62 vacant lots on 5 blocks of downtown real estate. For years, the land has been most commonly identified for its political history, the Mauerstreifen, or militarized zone within the Wall. But recently, its property values have begun to react more like the sudden formation of mountains. Driven entirely by a speculative market, the land’s value and identity are shifting. Skulpturenpark does not own any land, but when necessary, works with the landowners to present its exhibitions. Six artists have been invited for the series. In Spekulationen, its intention is to present 6 diverse works which add a creative layer to its already rich, however uncertain and changing, landscape.
• Press release
The exhibitions series is generously funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfond, Berlin, Germany.
||PARCELLA : April 15 - September 30, 2007
Propelled by a Hungarian-German partnership, Parcella presents 7 artists' projects which discuss and reveal aspects of the park's historical significance, geographic diversity, present day ambiguity, and community habitation.
The series is a cooperative project with Lumen Foundation, Budapest. It has received the generous support of Bipolar, a German-Hungarian cultural initiative. Bipolar is a program of the Federation’s endowment of culture.
OPENING (Bestandsaufnahme) : November 12, 2006
Skulpturenpark opens with site-specific projects by its organizers.
Markus Lohmann / Michael Böhler
and the Skulpturenpark billboard by Daniel Seiple & Harry Sachs