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22 Jan 2015

Frankfurter Kunstverein / Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden - New Frankfurt Internationals: Solid Signs

Michel Klőfkorn, „n.n.', 2009; Courtesy the artist and Kai Middendorff Galerie, Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurter Kunstverein
Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden


January 23 – April 26, 2015 OPENING: January 22, 2015, 7 pm (at Frankfurter Kunstverein) KICK-OFF EVENT PROGRAM: January 23, 2015, 7 pm (at Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden)


Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden

Frankfurter Kunstverein

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January 23 – April 26, 2015

OPENING: January 22, 2015, 7 pm (at Frankfurter Kunstverein)

: January 23, 2015, 7 pm (at Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden)

Frankfurter Kunstverein
Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden

"New Frankfurt Internationals" is an exhibition project initiated in 2010 by Frankfurter Kunstverein as a recurrent format. The idea behind it is to focus on the major artistic potential innate in the region and to present artists who have lived and/or have studied in Frankfurt and the Rhine/Main region and who are in part already counted among the "new internationals" in the art world.

Focusing on art from Frankfurt and the region

The second edition of New Frankfurt Internationals is organized by Frankfurter Kunstverein (FKV) and Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden (NKV), thus expanding the presentation out from the city of Frankfurt further afield into the region and to the capital of the State of Hessen. Under the motto "Solid Signs," painting, sculpture, photography, illustration, video and performance by 41 artists and artist groups will be on show at both venues. An array of the works has been produced specially for the exhibition.

Solid Signs: Revisiting materials and artistic techniques

New Frankfurt Internationals: Solid Signs addresses the interest many artists have been showing for some time now in the physical presence of artworks and in the revitalization of traditional artistic techniques and materials. In particular, a younger generation of artists is increasingly focusing on pictorial means and the different forms of expression intrinsic to them. For these artists, the material properties have the same status as an artwork's execution, presentation or substance.

The artwork's presence as a counter to de-materialization

The emphasis on the physical presence of objects and things in art would appear to be a conscious attempt to counter the prevailing trend in the age of digitalization. This new current is the main theme for New Frankfurt Internationals: Solid Signs. The artists in the show photograph their surroundings using analog cameras, print the pictures on paper themselves, or link photochemistry and development processes with unusual materials and situations. Large-format landscape portraits are made plein air and referencing a manufacturing process that has been deliberately slowed down. Indeed, Super 8 cameras come back into their own to create atmospheric images rather than technically perfect shots. Simple basic materials such as wood, plaster, card and ink are rediscovered as the primary materials for sculptures and images. The artists involved also make use of new materials and procedures, but examine these closely to identify the aesthetic and physical qualities and textures they offer.

Participating artists: Florian Albrecht-Schoeck, Bianca Baldi, Khaled Barakeh, Jagoda Bednarsky, Valentin Beinroth, Alfred Boman, Andrew de Freitas, Gunter Deller, Dorothee Diebold, Christiane Feser, Genoveva Filipovic, Simon Fujiwara, Özlem Günyol & Mustafa Kunt, Florian Haas, Anne Imhof, Vytautas Jurevicius, Romuald Karmakar, Johanna Kintner, Michel Klőfkorn, Daniela Kneip Velescu, Sandra Kranich, Kristallo (Jonathan Penca, Charlotte Simon, Zink Tonsur), Carolin Liebl & Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler, Pia Linz, Emilia Neumann, Benjamin Patterson, Pennacchio Argentato, Att Poomtangon, Helena Schlichting, Helga Schmidhuber, Bernhard Schreiner, Jessica Sehrt, Simon Speiser, Lucie Stahl, Stefan Stark, Jol Thomson, Tracer (Thomas Bayrle, Martin Feldbauer, Daniel Kohl, Harald Pridgar), Raphaela Vogel, Markus Walenzyk, Jonas Weichsel, Sofi Żezmer

ACCOMPANYING PROGRAM: The exhibition will be supplemented by an extensive accompanying program of discussions and performances; these will present many of the artistic positions involved in a variety of event formats.

CURATED BY: Lilian Engelmann (Frankfurter Kunstverein) and Elke Gruhn (Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden)

MADE POSSIBLE AND FUNDED BY: Kulturamt Frankfurt am Main and Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain

: Frankfurter Kunstverein, Steinernes Haus am Rőmerberg, Markt 44, 60311 Frankfurt/Main, Germany /
Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Wilhelmstrasse 15, 65185 Wiesbaden, Germany
CATALOGUE: A comprehensive visitor’s guide accompanies the exhibition
OPENING HOURS FKV:  Tues, Thurs, Fri: 11 am–7 pm, Wed: 11 am–9 pm, Sat, Sun: 10 am–7 pm
OPENING HOURS NKV: Tues: 2–8 pm, Wed–Fri: 2–6 pm, Sat, Sun: 11 am–6 pm
ADMISSION: € 8 (reduced: € 6) The ticket is valid for a single visit to both exhibition venues for the duration of the exhibition

Julia Wittwer (Head of PR at Frankfurter Kunstverein;, +49.69.219314-30) /
Evelyn Kőnig (Assistant at Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, +49.611.301136,

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