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The “Case of Ahrenshoop”

Ahrenshoop, GER
21.10.2023 - 07.04.2024

The “Case of Ahrenshoop” 1951 / Der „Fall Ahrenshoop“ 1951
Ulrich Knispel

For a hundred years, Ahrenshoop on the Fischland-Darß peninsula has been as much a place of recreation as inspiration for Halle artists. Halle am Meer presents for the first time in a large panorama the works created in confrontation with the Baltic Sea and brings together almost 300 works from a century and a half.
The exhibition project is a cooperation with the Dresden Institute for Cultural Studies and took place in Halle (Saale) in the summer of 2023 in the Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle (Saale) and in the Kunsthalle “Talstrasse” and will be shown in autumn/winter 2023/24 in Ahrenshoop in the local art museum, the Kunstkaten and the Galerie Alte Schule in a slightly modified form.

The exhibition part “Ulrich Knispel: The “Case Ahrenshoop” 1951″ in the Kunstkaten is dedicated to the Ahrenshoop stay of the teacher Ulrich Knispel (1911-1978) of the Burg-Giebichenstein Art Academy and his students of the basic semester. Their study trip, combined with an exhibition in the Bunten Stube, drew the displeasure of the SED and had severe consequences for Knispel. The works of Knispel and his students exhibited in Ahrenshoop did not follow “Socialist Realism” but modern principles, which caused a political scandal in 1951.

A cooperation of Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle (Saale), Kunsthalle “Talstrasse”, Halle (Saale), Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop, Kunstkaten Ahrenshoop, Galerie Alte Schule, Ahrenshoop, and the Dresden Institute for Cultural Studies.