Henry van de Velde
Tea-gown
From: Album moderner, nach Künstlerentwürfen ausgeführter Damenkleider, 1900
Photografie
Coll. Kunstmuseen Krefeld
© VG Bild-Kunst
Photo: Volker Döhne
TAILORED FOR FREEDOM
THE ARTISTIC DRESS IN 1900 IN FASHION, ART AND SOCIETY

KAISER WILHELM MUSEUM
12 OCTOBER 2018 – 24 FEBRUARY 2019

This ambitious exhibition will for the first time examine a key moment in the history of fashion, when artists and architects developed a radical, new vision for dress that liberated the female body. The unity of art and life at the base of the “Reform” movement around 1900 motivated artists and architects to include woman’s dresses into their innovative aesthetic design experiments. They introduced their ideas to the public in a groundbreaking exhibition at the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum in 1900, which serves as the point of departure of Tailored for Freedom. The exhibition will present the artistic dress as a part of the Gesamtkunstwerk idea within the socio-political context of the European “Reform” movement and will include fashion, paintings, sculptures, applied arts, photography, dance and advertising notably from German reform movement centres, the Wiener Werkstätte, the British Arts and Crafts movement and Paul Poiret.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication.

Curators: Dr. Magdalena Holzhey and Dr. Ina Ewers-Schultz

Funded by

   


Volker Döhne
from: Untitled (Bunt), 1979
Color slide
Courtesy the artist
© Volker Döhne
VOLKER DÖHNE
SEEKER AND FINDER

KAISER WILHELM MUSEUM
16 NOVEMBER 2018 – 14 APRIL 2019

Seekers and Finders is the first museum survey exhibition dedicated to the work of German photographer Volker Döhne (b. 1953 Remscheid). Like Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Candida Höfer or Thomas Ruff, Volker Döhne belongs to the first generation of “Becher Schüler,” the legendary class lead by Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf which gave rise to the so-called Düsseldorf school of photography. Since the mid-1970s, Döhne, has developed a singular oeuvre which builds upon the “Becher” principles, but with an unexpected twist. The exhibition will highlight certain key work groups that reflect his perceptive eye for unexpected details, his research-oriented, socio-cultural analysis of the Rheinland, and his great talent as a storyteller through the photographic lense. The exhibition will also include a selection of catalogues and print media designed by Döhne, who initially trained as a graphic designer and typographer, highlighting for the first time the connections between graphic design and photography in his work.

The artist will create an edition.

Curator: Dr. Sylvia Martin

COLLECTION SATELLITE SERIES
In 2018, the Kunstmuseen Krefeld are launching a new, interdisciplinary “project space” exhibition series aimed at inciting a new, dynamic dialogue between the artist and the museum. The collection in particular, with its great depth and diversity, will act as a catalyst for these experimental new projects by artists from different creative realms (art, design, graphic design, dance), and which are set in a variable time-space framework.

Curator of the series: Katia Baudin

The collection satellite series is supported by Stiftung Kunst, Kultur und Soziales der Sparda-Bank West

 
 


Bik van der Pol
Married by Powers
Media City Seoul, Seoul 2016
Exhibition view
© Bik van der Pol
COLLECTION SATELLITE #2
BIK VAN DER POL

KAISER WILHELM MUSEUM
16 NOVEMBER 2018 – 14 APRIL 2019

The Bik van der Pol duo will open the satellite series in the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum. In previous projects, the duo has already worked with other collections. Each of the duo’s projects begins with extensive research and investigation of the respective exhibition context. Their artistic practice aims to produce dialogues between the public and the museum. In the process, they collaborate with local protagonists and the museum audience. The participation of visitors plays a crucial role in their projects, representing platforms for communication between various groups. Their intervention Married by Powers in the Seoul Museum of Art and Frac Nord-Pas de Calais, for example, focused on individual works from the collection that had fallen into oblivion. In collaboration with the curators and designers, the artists had made a preliminary selection of works based on matters of current interest that were then exhibited in a display system reminiscent of a museum storage facility. The chosen works were contextualised by video interviews.

Curator: Constanze Zawadzky