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23 Apr 2013

Kunsthalle Tübingen: Santiago Sierra. Sculpture, Photography, Film

Santiago Sierra, Door plate
Edition Schellmann. München, Deutschland. April 2006
Aluminium und Farbe, 59 x 69 x 2 cm
Courtesyby Schellmann Art, München
© VG Bild-Kunst, 2013

Santiago Sierra. Sculpture, Photography, Film
Kunsthalle Tübingen


Exhibition length:
March 23, 2013 – June 16, 2013
Opening Hours:
Daily (except Monday) 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
€7.00, reduced: €5.00, pupils: €3.00


+49 (0) 70 71 / 96 91 0
+49 (0) 70 71 / 96 91 33

Kunsthalle Tübingen
Philosophenweg 76
72076 Tübingen

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Santiago Sierra
Sculpture, Photography, Film

March 23–June 16, 2013

Entrance prohibited!
The Kunsthalle Tübingen tempts viewers with the Spanish provocateur Santiago Sierra

As one can read on the Kunsthalle Tübingen's latest exhibition poster, entrance is strictly prohibited for untidy and smelly people, smokers, alcoholics, drug addicts, and numerous other so-called marginalized groups. Nothing is more exciting than the forbidden. What is in store for us at the Kunsthalle Tübingen? Santiago Sierra is the name of the provocateur from Spain whose sculptural work is currently being presented there in his first retrospective. Indeed, he is no unknown person on the international art scene. In 2003, visitors to the Venice Biennale were taken aback when they stood in front of the walled-in entrance to the Spanish Pavilion. While it may have been possible to access it through a rear entrance—only the holders of a Spanish passport were allowed to do so! He became notorious in Germany in 2006 when he introduced automobile exhaust fumes into the former synagogue in Stommeln near Cologne. The artists, who works with Minimalist means, is invariably concerned with the drastic visualization of structural injustices in our economic system. In doing so, he does not shy away from turning himself into an offender: on display at the Kunsthalle are twenty rectangular blocks he had made by Indian untouchables out of human feces—without pay! Don't worry: it doesn't smell, because it has been sealed with synthetic resin. One of the exhibition spaces is coated with mud: a reconstruction of the exhibition at the Kestnergesellschaft Hannover that Sierra had filled up with brown peat and mud—in memory of the laborers who dug the Maschsee with spades within the scope of National Socialist job-creation measures. Anyone coming to the Kunsthalle before June 16, 2013, can look forward to enjoying these and other surprises.

Santiago Sierra. Sculpture, Photography, Film, edited by Dirk Luckow and Daniel J. Schreiber, with texts by Juan Albarrán, Carlos Jiménez, Dirk Luckow, Miriam Schoofs, Daniel J. Schreiber, 174 pages

Guided Tours:
Saturdays at 3:00 p.m., Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.
Fee per person: €2.50

Audio Guide:

With a selection of 12 works
Rental fee for the audio equipment: €4.00

Guided tour with curator Daniel J. Schreiber:
Sunday, April 21, 2013, 4:00 p.m. (with the presentation of the catalogue)
Tuesday, May 14, 5:30 p.m. (instead the guided tour for the public)
Sunday, June 16, 11:30 a.m. (on the occasion of the closing event with a quiz)