Whether in life or in art, somewhere we’re always running into boundaries. At times they seem far away; at others, very close. Often we meet with external limitations, yet frequently, these limitations are within us. "In the Cage of Freedom" explores this permanent dialectic between imprisonment and freedom, which the author and philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau emphasized with these words: “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.”
It’s about the fragility of freedom—individual, political, sexual, and last, but not least, artistic freedom. And how numerous forces are always threatening it. Is there something beyond powerlessness? At any rate, this side of power, the “tyranny of the real,” as Peter Sloterdijk calls it, is omnipresent. The works of art in this show don’t illustrate all of this, but they realize it both formally as well as in terms of content, in the most diverse, and occasionally surprising ways. They testify to the power of images, while simultaneously reflecting upon the notion that even art is ultimately just another “cage of freedom.”
If nothing else, this exhibition is also about new works and perspectives from the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg’s collection. Joining ten selected artists from the collection from 1994 to 2014 are ten new and remarkable additions from 2015 onward: acquisitions, long-term loans, and gifts from collectors and artists. Because only a growing collection can remain alive over time, and focus on issues central to art and life.
Nobuyoshi Araki, Katie Armstrong, Awst & Walther, Burhan Doğançay, Paul Graham, Douglas Gordon, Andreas Gursky, Jeppe Hein, Georg Herold, Damien Hirst, Johannes Kahrs, Anselm Kiefer, Gert Jan Kocken, Jeff Koons, Sharon Lockhart, Rémy Markowitsch, Daniel Pflumm, Neo Rauch, Tim Wolff, Erwin Wurm.
Besides an essay by Ralf Beil, the richly illustrated catalogue contains texts by Holger Broeker and Christiane Heuwinkel on all of the works. Design: Koma Amok, 128 pages, 12 € in the museum shop.