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    OLIVER SCHNELLER Telemann Sphere

Sound installation in the course of Telemania 2017 marking the 250th anniversary of the death of Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann

April 28 - August 27, 2017

Opening: April 27, 2017


Konzeptuelle Darstellung Telemann Sphere © Oliver Schneller


In a sort of acoustic architecture composer Oliver Schneller (born 1966 in Cologne) makes up to 12 compositions by Georg Philipp Telemann (born 1681 in Magdeburg) audible at the same time. All important genres for which Telemann composed are represented: instrumental works, sacred as well as secular vocal compositions. The visitor enters the installation and hears at first a sound cloud that circles around him. From this cloud single compositions by Telemann emerge one by one. Like details in the zoom of a camera they suddenly become clearly detectable. Oliver Schneller uses the mechanics of the human ear that creates a hierarchical order of sound objects based on volume and spatial arrangement. Telemann's creative power and width manifested in his more than 1000 compositions can be experienced in a totally new way.




    Photographs from People of the 20th Century 

An exhibition of Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg, in collaboration with Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne


April 11 - June 15, 2017

Opening: Sunday, April 9, 2017


August Sander: Young Farmers, 1914; Bourgeois Children, 1925; Circus artist, 1926-32 © Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur – August Sander Archiv, Köln; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2017

August Sander is hailed as a major pioneer of what was at his time a new movement in the evolving medium of photography – a movement that still lives on today under the banner of factual documentary and conceptual photography. Born in 1876 in Herdorf (Siegerland), August Sander became renowned for the photographic work People of the 20th Century, realized around 1924, in which he put together hundreds of portraits of people from different levels of society and occupational groups in a series of portfolios developed in a project spanning decades. Parts of that work were shown for the first time in an exhibition at the Kölnischer Kunstverein in 1927 and published in Sander's first book, Antlitz der Zeit (Face of Our Time), in 1929. In that book of 60 portrait photographs, Sander succeeded in creating a portrait of contemporary society that highlighted both human individuality and the typical traits of social and occupational groups as well as examining the reciprocal influence of man and society. Comparative photography and direct observation are expressions that aptly describe Sander's methodological approach. With more than 100 photographs – some of them on show for the first time – the exhibition provides a representative insight of People of the 20th Century which became a standard work in the history of art and photography.


Text: Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne







     HORST BARTNIG concrete:interruptions

February 21 - May 7, 2017

Opening: February 19, 2017, 3 pm


Horst Bartnig: 280 interruptions in white, stripes in black, 280 interruptions in black, stripes in white, 2010, acrylic on canva, 200 x 800 cm


Only two structural principles allow Horst Bartnig (born 1936 in Militsch/Silesia) to expand his painting into a cosmos of barely unimaginable variety: the variations and the interruptions developed from the former. Whereas it is geometry - to which our perception tries to find the key and is in that way drawn into the aesthetics of its clear changes of colour and its geometrical order - that counts in the single picture, it is exactly the other way round when encountering several pictures: The system that is easy to mutually explain itself multiplies its visual possibilities into the vast. In painting, colour perception can hardly be more sharpened, rhythm hardly be applied in a more structured way, aleatory hardly stem from more unpredictable ground. Although all pictures by Horst Bartnig derive from strictly regularly abstract principles of design and their action patterns his paintings are sensual showers for the eyes that make us blink.


Horst Bartnig: interruptions 5 in groups of nine, 2013


Horst Bartnig is an artistic exception. Not only has he developed and represented his practice following mathematical systems in complete autonomy, also today his work proves how geometrical basics, put into system and play – ignoring all trends and developments in art – do not leave any longing for vivid freshness unfulfilled. Bartnig learned stage design at the School for Applied Arts in Magdeburg in the 1950ies, worked for the stage in Berlin for many years and has developed his artistic position of concrete painting from the 1960ies on. His experiments in computer art and the systematics of his colour-geometrical painting have been unique in the former GDR.

The exhibition presents an overall installation of paintings and drawings of interruptions. A catalogue will be published on the occasion of the exhibition.

    TE North Pole – 24x the World 2016

Media installation

since January 23, 2016


Photo: Kunstmuseum Magdeburg

Thai artist Te, born 1968 in Utaradit, presents his digital world sundial consisting of 24 monitors in the museum foyer. The monitors, fastened to a round rack system, show webcam images from all over the world. Part of the screens remains dark when it is night in one region whereas life is pulsating in another part of the world.   


The visual round trip starts in Iceland, followed by Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana), Aguiella (Puerto Rico), the Virgin Islands, New York and 10 further places in the US, incl. Hawaii, as well as Tokyo, Boracay (Thailand), Bali, Bangkok, Dubai, Qatar, Jerusalem, Hamburg and Dublin.