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      AMBITUS. Art and music today

September 8, 2018 to January 6, 2019

Exhibition opening: September 8, 6:00 pm


In the course of the past decades the coexistence of the visual arts and music on an equal footing has resulted in a large number of artists whose work cannot be clearly allocated to only one of the two disciplines. Kunstmuseum Magdeburg presents these different themes concerning art and music by way of numerous examples from the fields of sculpture, installation and video in a major survey exhibition.

The title Ambitus means in music the vocal range of a voice or an instrument and stands for the range or the distance between the highest and the lowest note. In the exhibition AMBITUS. Art and music today. the range shows the diversity and variety of the participative artists and works of art.



Candice Breitz, Working Class Hero (A Portrait of John Lennon), 2006, Courtesy the artist and Goodman Gallery, Kaufmann Repetto + KOW Berlin, Photo: Hans-Wulf Kunze


Various artists will be involved in the exhibition, e.g.:


Werner Amann (D, * 1969 in Kösching), Cory Arcangel (USA, * 1978, Buffalo NY), Eberhard Blum (D, * 1940 in Stettin; † 2013 in Berlin) , Candice Breitz (ZA, * 1972 in Johannesburg), Robbie Cornelissen (NL, * 1954 in Utrecht) und Kees Went (NL, * 1951), William Engelen (NL, * 1964 in Weert), Jonas Englert (D, * 1989 in Friedberg), Brian Eno (GB, *1948 in Woodbridge, Suffolk), Douglas Henderson (USA, * 1960 in Baltimore) und David Henderson (USA), Annika Kahrs (D, * 1984 in Achim), Rainer Kohlberger (AT, * in Linz), Christina Kubisch (D, * 1948 in Bremen), Kaffe Matthews (GB, * in Good Easter in Essex, England), Bjørn Melhus (D, NO, * 1966 in Kirchheim unter Teck), Michaela Melián (D, * 1956 in München), Robin Minard (CA, * 1954 in Montreal, Canada), Haroon Mirza (GB, * 1977 in London), People Like Us (Vicki Bennett) (GB, * 1967 in London), Ute Pleuger (D, * 1956 in Neuwied), Anri Sala (AL, * 1974 in Tirana), Marc Sabat (CA, * 1956) und Mareike Yin-Yee Lee (CA, * in Toronto), Yehudit Sasportas (IL, * 1969 in Aschdod), Per Olaf Schmidt (D) und Sebastian Neubauer (D), Richard T. Walker (GB, * 1977) u.a.




Douglas Henderson und David Henderson, The Sea is a Big Green Lens, 2014, Photo: Hans-Wulf Kunze


Curators of the exhibition: Dr. Annegret Laabs, Uwe Gellner, Sandra Naumann und Stephanie Milling


The interaction and co-operation of varous musicak and stylistic tendencies of contemporary art will hence be the focus of the exhibition, of the concerts in the Haus der Musik (Gesellschaftshaus) venue in the Kloster-Berge-Garten and of the Water Walk in the public space aling the Elbe on September 8.





Foto: Kunstmuseum Magdeburg

     Kaffe Matthews "On golden hares": Sonic Bikes

For over 10 years, sound artist Kaffe Matthews has been making and developing compositions on special bikes that are musical instruments - or instruments that are bikes. With GPS and a mounted speaker system, riders can explore the city. Developed with the Bicrophonic Research Institute, Kaffe's Sonic Bikes have run on the streets of Berlin, London, Brussels, Houston, Hailuoto, Porto, Ghent, Dublin,  den Haag, - now Magdeburg and Zagreb next year.


Five sonic bikes have been made here in cooperation with the Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen for the upcoming exhibition "AMBITUS. Art and music today" which will be opened on September 8. Visitors can borrow them (they are included in the entrance fee) and experience the city in a new way by following the 30 min composition which changes depending on where you ride.


Over a month, Kaffe has been exploring and recording the organ of Magdeburg's Walloner chuch whilst also absorbing the architecture and history of the city to make 'On golden hares' a new way to play and listen to organ music, but also a new approach to the everyday experience of the city. 


    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.