Harry Hachmeister "Boxer", 2007 (left) & Rebekka Benzenberg "too much future", 2020 (right). Installation view, Marburger Kunstverein. Photos: Christian Stein
MARBURG | Kunstverein & Kunstmusem | 25 March – 19 May 2022
The exhibition "Why can't we live together" poses the question of the relationship between the individual, relationships and society, which, according to the sociologist Andreas Reckwitz, has evolved into a " Society of Singularities”

The Collection Peters-Messer combines well-known positions in contemporary art with works by young artists. It encompasses a broad spectrum of artistic attitudes that deal with the living conditions of the present and reflect on political and social developments - sometimes with disturbing directness, sometimes with expressive gestures or with conceptual clarity. Expansive installations are just as much a part of it as painting, drawing, photography and video art.

The title of the exhibition "Why can't we live together" is taken from the picture of the same name by the artist Murat ÖNEN and poses the question of the relationship between the individual, relationships and society, which, according to the sociologist Andreas Reckwitz, has evolved into a " Society of Singularities”: The transformation from industrial to cultural capitalism resulted in an asymmetrical distribution of attention and appreciation – appreciation for a small part of the population, devaluation for all milieus below the new middle and upper classes. While some are busy with self-culturalization, development and realization, the others, the "losers of modernization", struggle with the adversities of survival and feel left behind. Bjarne MELGAARD's work "I am not a piece of shit I am a piece of society" criticizes this phenomenon. The canon of common values ​​is in the process of dissolving, society is becoming more and more divided.

The tense conflict potential within our western hemisphere, but also in relation to the global south, is reflected in the exhibition in a multifaceted way. The artists of the Peters-Messer Collection unmask the beautiful appearance and unerringly hit the sore spot.

The selection of works shown in the Marburg Art Museum focuses on the relationship between the state and the individual, drifting in public space, interpersonal encounters and self-questioning. In the Kunstverein, these themes are taken up and expanded to include questions of cultural identity and gender, migration and the consequences of colonialism and environmental destruction. Critical contemporary art can “contribute to changing entrenched points of view, pave the way for dealing with new content and, in the best case, offer orientation in our increasingly complex world” (Florian Peters-Messer).

Curated by Linda Peitz.

Marburger Kunstverein
Theo Altenberg / Kader Attia / Murat Önen / Alexander Basil / Rebekka Benzenberg / Viktoria Binschtok / Monica Bonvicini / Andrea Bowers / William Cordova / Larisa Crunteanu / Elmgreen & Dragset / Larissa Fassler / Christian Friedrich / Oska Gutheil / Harry Hachmeister / Diango Hernández / Jonathan Hernández / Thomas Hirschhorn / Paul Hutchinson / Sven Johne / Iris Kettner / Alexander Klaubert / Konrad Mühe / Bjarne Melgaard / Henrike Naumann / Manfred Pernice / Signe Pierce / Monty Richthofen / Santiago Sierra / Iiu Susiraja / Kon Trubkovich / Susan Turcot

Kunstmuseum Marburg
John Bock / Sophie Calle / William Cordova / Oska Gutheil / Harry Hachmeister / Thomas Hirschhorn / Paul Hutchinson / Miriam Jonas / Kris Lemsalu / Erik van Lieshout / Murat Önen / Jack Pierson / Moritz Riesenbeck / Achim Riethmann / Julian Röder / Gregor Schneider / Kon Trubkovich / Susan Turcot / Keith Tyson / Nicholas Warburg / Jan Zöller
Achim RIETHMANN "MH06", 2018
Henrike Naumann "What goes up must go down (AfD)", 2019 (left); Iris Kettner "Reihe", 2006
Iris Kettner "Hund", 2007
Christian Friedrich "Sofa (Couple)", 2008 (left); Monty Richthofen "I watch Porn", 2020
Paul Hutchinson "Schmetterlinge, pink and yellow", 2016, "Leinestrasse", 2017, "Silber", 2014 (from left to right)
Thomas Hirschhorn "Art Center 3 (Blow Down)", 2001
Konrad Muehe "Johannes", 2019
Jonathan Hernandez "You are under arrest", 2000 (left); Susan Turcot "my city, my army, my captors", 2008
Kon Trubkovic "Untitled (Suits)" and "Ant farm" (video), 2007
Elmgreen & Dragset "Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man (Homosexual)", 2004 (left); Manfred Pernice "Ohne Titel (Haessliche Luise)", 2004
Iiu Susiraja "Garden Party Is Over", 2018 (left) & "Flirting with toilet seat cover", 2018
Oska Gutheil "me and other me", 2019
Kader Attia "Parabolic Self Poetry", 2015 (background); Diango Hernandez "Melodia", 2018
Bjarne Melgaard "I am not a piece of shit I am a piece of society", 2009 (left); Elmgreen & Dragset "Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man (Homosexual)", 2004
Santiago Sierra "3000 Huecos (3000 Hollows)", 2002
Exhibition title on facade of the Marburger Kunstverein by Monty Richthofen
Installation view Kunstmuseum Marburg with works by Miriam Jonas, Jan Zoeller and Oska Gutheil.
Kon Trubkovic "What Paradise?", 2007 (left corner); Jack Pierson "Provincetown #2 & #3", 2003
Sophie Calle "Prenez soin de vous (Le main en stenographie)", 2007 & "Prenez soin de vous (Braille)", 2007 (left); Photos by Paul Hutchinson
Thomas Hirschhorn with Thomas Steinweg: "Spinoza Map", 2007
Moritz Riesenbeck "Last (Karoshi)", 2021
Thomas Hirschhorn "Arch (Growing Assertiveness)", 2006 (left); Nicholas Warburg "Die normative Kraft des Faktischen", 2019
Keith Tyson "Studio Wall Drawing: Velocity Arrows...", 2001, Kris Lemsalu "Phantom Camp", 2014, Erik van Lieshout "Untitled (VANL0023)", 2005 (from left to right)
William Cordova "Tupac Katari", 2007 (left); Erik van Lieshout "Du bist Deutschland", 2005
Murat Oenen "Shelter me now", 2021 (left); Erik van Lieshout "o.T. Heimerstein Bench", 2003
Harry Hachmeister "Man", 2018, "Sich selbst umarmen", 2012, "Becoming Harry", 2018 & "o.T. (mit blauer Hose)", 2005 (from left to right)