We are extending our exhibition! In order to give you, dear art lovers—as well as our visitors—an opportunity to see our fascinatingly diverse show On Everyone’s Lips, we have spared no effort to extend the exhibition with over 300 artworks and objects revolving around the mouth, lips, tongue, and teeth until June 6, 2021! “It is very fortunate that to date almost all lenders, both national and international, have agreed to extend their loans for two more months. I am extremely grateful for the worldwide support and solidarity we have experienced in the course of our renewal request campaign,” says curator Uta Ruhkamp. Thus far, the exhibition has been open to the public for only one weekend. Last October, more than 1,000 visitors took advantage of the opportunity to see art once again before museums throughout Germany were forced to shut down again due to the Corona pandemic.
“For several weeks during the preparation period for the exhibition, the team had worked on concepts that ensured sufficient hygiene and social distancing,” explains director Andreas Beitin. On the one hand, Corona was already included in the exhibition concept: The curator dispensed with exhibits that could be touched; and instead of headphones, there are audio boxes. On the other hand, timeslots, signage systems, and a cleaning schedule after each time slot made for a smooth and safe opening weekend. “This could be done again at any time to ensure a safe visit to the exhibition,” Beitin assures.
With the extension of the current exhibition, the dates of upcoming shows have also shifted. Here, an overview of the new dates:
On Everyone’s Lips. From Pieter Bruegel to Cindy Sherman
– June 6, 2021
Mouth, lips, tongue, and teeth; speech, pain, and screaming; eating, devouring, spitting, and spewing; lust and passion: The oral cavity is a literally stimulating bodily zone. Not only have the natural sciences and medicine always explored the oral cavity, but also the history of art and culture—from antiquity to the present, from Pieter Bruegel to Cindy Sherman. It is the most comprehensive thematic exhibition to date in Germany on the significance of the oral cavity.
Mischa Kuball. ReferenzRäume (ReferenceSpaces)
May 8–September 19, 2021
A high-rise building that beams cryptic signs of light into the nocturnal urban space for weeks on end, a former synagogue from whose windows glistening light illuminates the surroundings, and an ensemble of streetlamps donated worldwide as a declaration of solidarity with the New Zealand city of Christchurch, which was devastated by an earthquake: It is primarily powerful interventions in public space like these that have earned the conceptual artist Mischa Kuball (b. 1959) international recognition. With his installations, performances, photographs, and projections, Kuball explores urban situations, architectural structures, and social patterns of reception.
OIL. Beauty and Horror in the Petrol Age
September 4, 2021–January 9, 2022
No other substance has shaped societies in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries as much as petroleum. Airplanes, tanks, and space rockets, highways, shopping malls, and suburban settlements, nylon stockings, mountains of plastic, and vinyl—key materials and technologies, lifestyles and visions of our time owe their existence to the energy density and transformability of oil. Now, however, the dusk of the “petrol age” is looming, whereby neither can its end be precisely dated, nor consequences of this adequately assessed. With numerous installations, sculptures, paintings, videos, and photographs, as well as with objects such as an ichthyosaur, the exhibition takes a speculative, poetic look back at the present of the modern age of petroleum, which has lasted for roughly 100 years.
March 12–July 10, 2022
In the early years of the modern age, artificial light was regarded as a symbol of modern life. Although life without artificial light is inconceivable today, it is also associated with light pollution and energy waste, despite technical advancements and undeniable advantages. The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg will present artistic positions that deliberately focus on political, ecological, or social statements and critically comment on the use of light—and thus also, in a figurative sense, on the use of resources.
Installationsview On Everyone’s Lips. From Pieter Bruegel to Cindy Sherman. Red sofa: Modern replica of the Mae West Lips sofa by Salvador Dalí and Edward James, original design from 1938, Photo: Marek Kruszewski