Kaleidoscope Worpswede

June 24 until November 4, 2018


Many of the Worpswedian artists had the dream to combine art, landscape and life. When the artist colony was founded (1889) they created the >>myth Worpswede<<. This gave the village in the Teufelsmoor a new identity that has had a lasting effect even to this day. In the big communal exhibition >>Kaleidoscope Worpswede<< the four Worpswedian museums will explore how art has shaped and changed the place. The >>Myth Worpswede<< is artistically inspected. Post perceptions that have been consolidated for decades about Wopswede will confront new points of views, the attention will be directed towards present and future. Worpswede and its artworks serve as an example for the exhibition which examines how today’s art changes our look at reality and how it can open new perspectives. The questions the exhibition is asking and the answers given will be surprising, illuminative and sometimes vexing. The town Worpswede and its art will be experienced anew.



Große Kunstschau, Worpswede


The Grosse Kunstschau becomes a place of a new art-viewing. The old and the new building will merge conceptually; older and newer Worpswedian paintings will meet international artworks. Bernhard Hoetger’s expressionistic architecture will be restaged and thereby be experienced in a new way. Artworks in and around the building invite the viewer to see art [differently].The exhibition will be taken by its name and will offer new views on the assumed well-known. Fascinating dialogues will occur in 13 highly concentrated rooms when selected Worpswedian masterpieces are juxtaposed with current works. The room’s reallocation in the old building will be the most drastic; for the duration of the anniversary-exhibition the rotunda will become a place of production. The Berlin based artist Tilo Schulz will constantly work on and modify the rotunda over the entire period of the exhibition.   



Barkenhoff, Worpswede


The area of conflict between art and agriculture will be illuminated at the Barkenhoff through Heinrich Vogeler’s life reform movement via the landscape architects Leberecht Migge and Max Karl Schwarz’s ideas along with current farming alternatives. In 2018 three artists are to be guests in the artist colony for a spell: Beside Antje Schiffers long term project »Ich bin gerne Bauer...« (»I like to be a farmer…«), Antje Majewski and Pawel Freisłer will pursue their project Der Apfel(the apple) they started in 2014 at Muzeum Szutuki/tód’z. The South Tyrolean Gabriela Oberkofler through artistic interventions will scrutinize the current relevance of Heinrich Vogelers Art Nouveau works. Another highlight is Olaf Nicolai’s multipart sculpture project Maison d’abrilles (beehouses).Four beehives designed by four renowned architecture firms will be placed in the vicinity of the four Worpswedian museums and will be filled with bees by the Imkerverein (Beekeepers society) Teufelsmoor.



Haus im Schluh, Worpswede


The art of weaving is a tradition in the Haus im Schluh. Weaving is a universal cultural technique and artistic form of expression. In a time when the world is interwoven and networks move closer and closer, this traditional handicraft is currently flourishing in contemporary art. A shift of emphasis from Heinrich to Martha Vogeler will be implemented in the Haus im Schluh for four month. Martha Vogeler had built and shaped the content of this idyllic and authentic place. Meanwhile her manual weaving mill and her guesthouse are still operated by her family currently in its fourth generation. The topic of generations and weaving technique are picked out as a central theme by several current artists who partially realize engrossing artworks. In addition, a special presentation of Mieke Vogeler’s works will ensue.



Worpsweder Kunsthalle


Kunsthalle Worpswede is a place known for experimental exposition formats: In summer 2018 the »Old Worpswedians« with their historic village views will encounter the »Experiment Worpswede« from 1972 together with the new »innovative analyses«. Art, history, future research and science will shape a sensual thinking room which shall transform Worpswede into a platform for discourses. Is Worpswede not only able to be a town withfuture, beyond that a town forthe future? The exhibition starts with an earnest representation of Worpswede before 1914. It continues through the corridor with texts and utopian drafts developed in Worpswede in the 20th century. The largest exhibition room will present works by students from RWTH Aachen which will open new ways through the municipality. The group, led by professor Axel Sowa, could pursue their »ingenious analysis’« on-site.



Site Plan Worpswede