In the exhibition project “WÄNDE I WALLS”, the city of Stuttgart presents the artistic examination of the spatial boundary wall at three different exhibition venues connecting contemporary art and graffiti.
In an exhibition also titeld “WÄNDE I WALLS”, the Stadtmuseum Stuttgart shows works by well-known contemporary artists such as William Anastasi, Mel Bochner, Monica Bonvicini, Daniel Buren, Ernst Caramelle, Maurizio Cattelan, Elmgreen & Dragset, Parastou Forouhar, Robert Gober, Douglas Huebler, Sohpie Innmann, Anne Marie Jehle, Emily Katrencik, Joseph Kosuth, Jeewi Lee, Sol LeWitt, Bruce Nauman, Brian O’Doherty, Yoko Ono, Charlotte Posenenske, Klaus Rinke, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Michael Sailstorfer, Martin Bruno Schmid, Felix Schramm, Thomas Schütte, Ulay / Marina Abramovic, John von Bergen and Lawrence Weiner. In the glass cube, various room-filling works from the last 24 years are exhibited that deal with the theme of the “wall”.
Outside the cube, the Hamburg based graffiti artist Mirko Reisser (DAIM) designed a 20m-high glass front. Reisser, who until now has normally used spray cans and wall paint to create his large-scale artworks, executed his work here in form of a high-quality digital UV print on facade foil. This type of visualisation has so far only been created in a few exhibition halls, such as the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. This artistic approach establishes a new and innovative method that enables the temporary and partial installation of art in public space.
For the realisation of his artwork, Mirko Reisser was invited to Stuttgart by the curator Anne Vieth. In the past, an exchange took place between the curator and the artist in the context of her dissertation “Addicted to walls”.
Reisser’s artwork on the exterior facade of the Stadtmuseum relies on his dynamic 3D style. It connects the urban space with its residents and creates a synergy with other exhibition venues such as the StadtPalais – Museum für Stuttgart and the Bonatzbau at Stuttgart’s main railway station.
In the exhibition “Graffiti im Kessel” (“Graffiti in the Cauldron”), the StadtPalais in Stuttgart shows the current and past graffiti scene in Stuttgart. Different visual materials document graffiti phenomena such as murals or bombing and shed light on the development of places such as the Hall of Fame “Gas Chamber” or the “Main Station Entrance”.
In addition to the StadtPalais and the Stadtmuseum Stuttgart, the Bonatzbau at Stuttgart’s main railway station was transformed into a graffiti gallery.
The curator of the urban exhibition, Moritz Vachenauer (who is also a graffiti artist) was involved in the creation of the temporary “Secret Walls Gallery” together with more than 70 Stuttgart graffiti artists such as Astor One, Blaze, Cane Junek, El Bebbe Grande, Fritz Boogie, Glück, JAY TWO, Joh2NY, Kosmik One, Marseees, Steffen Matuschowitz, Meas + Tsky, Mister, Sebastian Mueh, Pokser, The Horror from the Deep or Video Sckre. This gave visitors to the city their first glimpse of the creative work of the graffiti sprayers.
Exhibition »WÄNDE I WALLS«
September 26th, 2020 – January 31st, 2021.
Kleiner Schlossplatz 13
70173 Stuttgart / Germany
Stadtpalais – Museum für Stuttgart
70173 Stuttgart / Germany
Secret Walls Gallery
Online: 360°Panorama of the »Secret Walls Gallery«
A printed photo-documentation will be published.