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Gerhard-Marcks-Haus - Museum for Modern and Contemporary Sculpture

The Gerhard-Marcks-Haus in Bremen is a museum of modern and contemporary sculpture. It is one of the acknowledged sculpture museums of national and international renown. Over the past narrow 50 years, a museum concept has been developed that consciously combines modern and traditional art, with exhibitions and presentations of the collections focused on the interplay of figure, form and space.


Until 11 August
Female artists had a long hard time in Germany: many of them were misjudged, not perceived, and disappeared from art historical consciousness. This is especially true for the supposedly "most unfeminine of all arts", sculpture. With a few exceptions, such as Käthe Kollwitz, Clara Rilke-Westhoff and Renée Sintenis, the works of women were collected only occasionally by museums.
Now, for the first time, the sculptural work of four generations of artists in the 19th and 20th centuries is being focused on in order to mark developments and upheavals in female sculpture. The Gerhard-Marcks-Haus and the Böttcherstraße Museums together present almost 100 works from 150 years of sculpture and around 50 female sculptors. A cooperation with the Bremen Museums Böttcherstraße and the Gerhard-Marcks-Haus as well as the Municipal Museums Heilbronn.

Kosmos Marcks »Wir machen nach Halle« Marguerite Friedlaender und Gerhard Marcks

Until 11 August
The ceramist and the sculptor met for the first time in Weimar. Marguerite Friedlaender (1896-1985) came to the Bauhaus as a student in 1919, and Gerhard Marcks (1889-1981) was head of the ceramics workshop there. This developed into a lifelong friendship which is reflected in the design of both artists. The exhibition focuses on a selection of Friedlaender's ceramics - various services and vases that today belong to the incunabula of modern design. The show is complemented by works by Gerhard Marcks. The exhibition takes place as part of the Bauhaus anniversary "bauhaus100" in cooperation with the Kunsthalle "Talstrasse" in Halle/Saale.

Pavillon raumbezogene Kunst zeitgenössischer Künstler Stephanie Baden »Tempietto«

Until 11 August
The Hamburg artist Stephanie Baden (born 1962) creates installations with boundary stones in the pavilion and outside of the Gerhard-Marcks-Haus. Inspired by the zigzag line of Bremen's Wallanlagen, on which the pavilion stands, she reflects on the measurement of space and the resulting theme of borders. In her drawings and photographs (screenshots), she addresses the altered perception of our living space by the media. Her works also focus on the immediate surroundings of the museum.

Claudia Piepenbrock

25 August to 17 November 2019
Claudia Piepenbrock (born 1990) creates impressive sculptural constellations with a great physical presence, combining lightness and heaviness, statics and dynamics. All aspects of her preferred material foam are taken into account: it is colourful, flexible, soft and yet remains standing when leaned against a wall. Piepenbrock's interventions aim to change the existing spatial situation and intervene in the function of the rooms and the movements of the visitors. An accessible form, something between arena, stage and cage in the central space of the Gerhard-Marcks-Haus connects all these elements.
Claudia Piepenbrock is a graduate and master student of the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. In 2016 she received the renowned Karin Hollweg Prize, which is associated with a presentation in an exhibition house in the metropolitan region. The jury was convinced by the sculptural setting, sensual materiality and physicality of the works. The Gerhard-Marcks-Haus is also a venue for this and is therefore showing the artist's first major solo exhibition.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a bilingual catalogue.

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