111113: Kunsthalle Nürnberg Forever Young – On the myth of youth

Kunsthalle Nürnberg Forever Young – On the myth of youth 31.10.2013 – 19.01.2014 Exploded school desk By Matthias Kampmann Mid October, the Nuremberg Kunsthalle celebrated its centennial. However, to celebrate this anniversary, curator Harriet Zilch focused on youth. Many artists in the past have dealt with the topic of coming of age. With “Forever Young. On the myth of youth”, the Nuremberg Kunsthalle proves that it has, in a way, stayed young, but has left it to others to experiment or explore limits. Nothing against the show – it is stirring and enjoyable, yet many already well-known positions are presented: Rineke Dijkstra, Hans Peter Feldmann, Tobias Rehberger, Elmgreen and Dragset, Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler, Andreas Slominksi, Tamara Grcic. The exhibition presents 18 artists that do not show childhood and happiness in a glorified manner. On the contrary: growing up can be tiring and wears one out. Transition, insecurity, looking for trust, doubt and many seeming disappointments because one thinks to already understand so much, but feels that one doesn't understand a thing. This is reflected by most of the works. One of these works is by the Belgian artist Sofie Muller, born 1974. “Clarysse” (2011). The work shows a row of five school desks. All of them have swastikas and the word “death” carved onto their surface. At one of the tables a girl in a school uniform is sitting bent forward. She is not sleeping at school – even if that's what it looks like. Terrible, because her head seems to have exploded and the remains are a sooty round shadow of burnt wood. What lead to the horrid detonation? Pink Floyd’s “We don’t need no education” is on ones’ mind, but also Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”, in which the hero Clarisse questions the crude system of oppression and raises doubts. Wonderfully ethereal in contrast Muller’s “Smoke Drawings” in wax and ash. More space is devoted to the art of photography. Between 1996 and 2000, Hans Peter Feldmann took pictures of people ranging from an eight-week old infant to a person that was 100 years old. One human being, one year of life. Among the other artists presenting their works in Nuremberg are Claus Richter, Marc Brandenburg and Corinna Schmitt, to name but a few. Kunsthalle Nürnberg 90402 Nürnberg, Lorenzer Str. 32 Tel: +49 (0) 911 231 2853 Fax: +49 (0) 911 231 3721 Email: kunsthallexxlstadt.nuernberg.de http://www.kunsthalle.nuernberg.de Opening hours: Tue – Sun 10.00 – 18.00, Wed 10.00 – 20.00 hours

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