The existence and contributions of people of African origin are still insufficiently recognized in Germany, both in historiography and in public discourse. And if they are, they are often spoken about by others instead of letting them have their word. Homestory Germany breaks with this: 27 biographies tell of racism and exclusion in Germany, but also of the diversity and work of black people – in the course of our common history and in all areas of our society.
Which people flee for which reasons?What responsibility does Europe have when it comes to the causes of flight or the reception of migrants? “Migration in focus” is an analysis of these correlations and explains our immigration society as a continuous process. “Escape forwards” ties in with this on the individual level: The exhibition portrays different people with migration experiences in regards to their wishes, their achievements and their struggle for recognition in Germany.
One of the main focuses of the Spandau art collection is landscape painting from the beginning to the middle of the 20th century. In the past four years, works by Hans Zank / Willy Gericke and Hans Szym have been added through donations, bequests and acquisitions. In future, they will supplement the holdings for the new museum presentation in the Neukladow manor.
The sculptor Monika Brandmeier (* 1959 in Kamen, NRW) works also with formal reduction and material opulence. For the ZAK she is developing an extensive exhibition with installation objects, sculptures, drawings and video works that were created between 1984 and today. In the comparison, grouping arrangement or concentration of selected works, two basic approaches of the artist become clear.
The search for aesthetic appeal and intellectual stimulation characterizes Martin von Ostrowski’s passion for collecting. At flea markets and online auctions he not only finds curios, decorative items and kitsch, but also special historical finds. His studio resembles a cabinet of curiosities made of precious and banal things, of art, kitsch and above all – to speak with Susan Sontag – of the corresponding portion of camp, which is often one of the strategies of queer (self-) staging.
Over the summer months, Michael Hischer's kinetic large-scale sculptures turn the citadel into an outdoor art space. 20 works from a multi-year cycle will be shown.
They are designed for the outside space, the wind moves them and allows them to be recognized as kinetic sculptures. The movement of its elements is left to chance due to the weather. In this way, time is inscribed in the sculptures and not only made tangible as four-dimensional objects.