A Search for Emptiness and Opulence

Group Exhibition


With works by
Scott Campbell (*1977, lives in New York/USA),
Nathan Coley (*1967, lives in Glasgow/GB),
Tacita Dean (*1965, lives in London/GB and Berlin/D),
Carsten Fock (*1968, lives in Berlin/D),
Agnes Martin (*1912 in Kanada, †2004 in USA),
Klaus Merkel (*1953, lives in Schallstadt near Freiburg/D),
Julia Schmidt (*1976, lives in Leipzig/D),
David Schnell (*1971, lives in Leipzig/D)

Curated by Tilo Schulz (*1972, lives in Berlin/D)

Titel Rosebud


You and your friends are cordially invited to the opening and performance on Thursday, March 27, 2007 at 8 pm.

Welcoming remarks: Veronika Olbrich, curator and managing director
Introduction: Tilo Schulz, artist and curator

Images of the opening.


Rosebud in film is a dream, a longing. In »Citizen Kane« (USA, 1941) this leads the newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane to attain immeasurable wealth and drives him to a life-long unfulfilled search for childlike harmony.

Rosebud in the exhibition remains an unanswered question dealing with the diametrically opposed relationship between opulence and emptiness. In how far does the visible convey the intended content, or does it rather disguises, hides, and distract it? Does the absent dictate the image? Our perception? What is the relationship in this context between such means of expression as figuration and abstraction or ornament and baroque?

These questions will be examined based on selected positions. The works will be placed in a relationship to each other in the exhibition. In doing so, the taking will attempt to create references and put statements in a nutshell. The experience of the artworks and the exhibition is in the foreground.

Tilo Schulz
Translation: Dr. Michael Wolfson


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Tuesday, June 3, 2008, 4 p.m.
Guided tour for teachers with suggestions for class work

Saturday, June 7, 2008, 3–5 p.m.
Children's tour with practical activities (from age 7)
Supervision: Tanja Wöhle, M.A. art historian
Please sign up under: 0511 778929

Thursday, June 12, 2008, 7 p.m.
Gallery talk and guided tour with the curator Tilo Schulz

Friday, June 27, 2008, 4–7 p.m.,
Sunday, July 6, 2008, 3–6 p.m., and
Monday, July 7, 2008, 4–7 p.m.
Workshop: »Silence and abundance«
The 3-hour workshop examines the relationship between emptiness and opulence on an aural level. Using works from the exhibition as a starting point, sound recordings confronting the pictures in the exhibition will be produced together.
Groups and individuals of all ages are invited.
Supervision: Nanna Lüth, artist and art pedagogue
Please sign up under: 0511 778929

Thursday, July 10, 2008, 7 p.m.
"Citizen Kane," USA 1941, 119 min.
Director: Orson Welles; Screenplay: Orson Welles, Herman J. Mankiewicz;
Actors: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore etc.
The immensely wealthy newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane dies in his magnificent private estate Xanadu. He utters only a single word: Rosebud. A reporter seeks the meaning of the word.

Guided tours: every Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Special tours by appointment: 0511 778929.


The exhibition and the programme are sponsored by
Land Niedersachsen
Niedersächsische Lottostiftung

Concept sponsor:
Sparkasse Hannover

The Kunstverein Langenhagen is supported by
Stadt Langenhagen
Hannover Airport
Benatzky Verlag und Medien
LOGOPLAN Konstruktion GmbH, Langenhagen

Our thanks also go to all the artists and private lenders:
Haunch of Venison, London
British Council, London
Courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART, Leipzig