March 11 to June 11, 2017
The Kunsthalle Tübingen is mounting a pilot exhibition of its new program under the title CAPITAL FLOWS: 13 international artists present contemporary depictions from a world made up of capital flows.
It may be that today, international flows of capital essentially define any change in the world – not only in terms of economics and policy, but also with respect to social, cultural, scientific, or ecological developments. Transnational investments and trade seem to influence all spheres of our life. Driven by the increasing globalization of the markets, the import and export of capita – be it in the form of money, of immaterial and material commodities, or people – has become a ubiquitous system, the uncircumventable assumption of a necessity or an end in itself.
After extensive renovation work, the Kunsthalle Tübingen is reopening its doors with the presentation of a thematic group exhibition, CAPITAL FLOWS, from March 11 to June 11, 2017, featuring 13 international art positions. The two parts of the title of this pilot exhibition of the Kunsthalle’s new program present meanings that can refer to the works by the participating artists in various ways. Thus “capital” not only refers to means of production as well as real, monetary, and human capital in the form of commodities, securities, and labor, but also brings the famous theories of the philosopher and economist Karl Marx into play as framed in his book Capital: Critique of Political Economy, first published in 1867. And “flow” can be understood as the apparently unavoidable, quasi-natural movement of capital on the one hand, and on the other as a capitalist trend or an organized ideology.
The works in this exhibition deal with capital flows and capitalism: artistically commentarial or abstract images of the value of money, for example the finance center of Frankfurt or in the tax haven of the Caymen Islands; images of streams of people, for instance tourists, refugees, or visitors to a shopping mall; images of the momentum of wealth, of the “Luxembourg Leaks” and the “Panama Papers”; but also images of moments of liberation. The assembled paintings, drawings, photographs, videos, and installations, in part created specifically for the exhibition, underscore the idea: they revolve more around metaphors, symbolic gestures, and signs than around the investigation of specific cases. The participating artists take a more associative approach to their subjects than a journalistic or political one. Some of them have obviously been inspired by Karl Marx’s theories on capital, labor, and commodities, and seek artistic translations of these theories into the present, hence symptomatic images.
List of artists:
- Ruben Aubrecht (*1980, AT, lives in Berlin)
- Mark Boulos (*1975, US, lives in Amsterdam/Geneva)
- Florian Haas (*1961, DE, lives in Frankfurt a. M.)
- Sven Johne (*1976, DE, lives in Berlin)
- Johanna Kandl (*1954, AT, lives in Vienna/Berlin)
- Gabriel Kuri (*1970, MX, lives in Brussels)
- Christin Lahr (*1965, DE, lives in Leipzig/Berlin)
- Filip Markiewicz (*1980, LU/DE, lives in Hamburg)
- Gunter Reski (*1963, DE, lives in Offenbach/Berlin)
- Superflex (Jakob Fenger / Rasmus Nielsen/Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, DK, live in Kopenhagen)
- Paolo Woods/Gabriele Galimberti (*1970/1977, IT, live in Florenz)
- Holger Wüst (*1970, DE, lives in Frankfurt a. M.)
- Ulrich Wüst (*1949, DE, lives in Berlin)
Professionals for capital flows
11 am – 6 pm
11 am – 7 pm
Regular: 7 €
Reduced: 5 €
Pupils: 3 €
96 p. (19 x 26 cm), 75 many coloured illustrations, Ernst Wasmuth Verlag Tübingen
Kunsthallen-price on-site: 10 €, bookstoreprice: 16,80 €
Tuesday 17:30 pm
Saturday 15:00 pm
2,50 €, plus admission fee
Guided tour by prior appointment:
Tuesday to Fryday:
50,00 €, plus admission fee
Saturday, Sunday and on holidays:
60,00 €, plus admission fee
Guided tours for school classes:
38,00 €, plus admission fee
March 10, 7 pm
March 11, 1 pm
Macht Geschenke: The Making of Capital – Über die Ökonomie des Schenkens oder die Kunst, ein Nilpferd mit der Goldwaage zu Wiegen
(Power / Giving gifts: The Making of Capital – About the economy of gift giving or the art of weighing a hippopotamus with the gold scale)
lecture performance from Christin Lahr (Berlin)
March 11 to 12, allday
Gespräche über Kapital & Macht (Conversation about capital and power)
with Christin Lahr (Berlin)
April 2, between 2 and 6 pm
Der Arbeitstag Einfache Reproduktion (The Working day Simple reprocuktion)
Pop-Up-concert of Leander Schwazer, Angelika Luz & Pascal Zurek (Stuttgart)
April 28, 5 pm
screening „The Big Short“ (2015, 130 Min.) from Adam Mckay
May 15, 6.15 pm
Guided tour with experts
Professors from the department of economics at the University of Tübingen are the scouts of an interactive and decentralized exhibition tour, where scientific perspective is meeting the artistic view.
May 29, 6.15 pm
Entwicklung des Kapitalmarkthandels (Development of the money market)
Lecture of Prof. Dr. Christian Koziol (University of Tübingen) in context of the lecture series „Perspektiven der Wirtschaftswissenschaft“ (Perspecitves of economics).
Mai 31, 7 pm
Does money make sence?
Panel dicussion with Peter Schneider (president of the Sparkassenverbandes Baden-Württemberg) i.a.
June 2, 4 pm
Screening about the biography of a stockbroker (2013, 179 Min.) from Martin Scorsese