curator’s tour through the exhibitions
A guided tour by curator Noor Mertens.
Kunstverein Langenhagen ist looking for a new artistic director
From June 1st, 2021, Kunstverein Langenhagen is looking for a new artistic director to succeed Noor Mertens, who is heading to Kunstmuseum Bochum. We are looking for an inspiring and communicative personality who will continue to refine the idiosyncratic program of Kunstverein Langenhagen, and to connect it with an experimental education program. We are looking for someone who would be excited to utilise great creative freedom to plan and implement exhibition and education programs. The current program will run until winter 2021.
We offer a part-time permanent position of 26 hours per week with a gross salary of 2200 euros (an increase of this salary has been requested). Other freelancers, such as an academic trainee and an educator, are currently working as honorary staff for the Kunstverein.
As artistic director your tasks include:
Together with a small, committed team you are responsible for the conception, coordination and implementation of the annual program, funded by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture. This includes the organization of exhibitions, events and an extensive educational program.
You are responsible for the representation of the Kunstverein when needed (regionally, nationally and internationally) and expected to make appropriate contributions to professional communities and wider publics.
You are responsible for the acquisition of all financing for the exhibition and education program from public bodies, relevant foundations and members.
You are responsible for the management of the Kunstverein including bookkeeping.
You cultivate good working relationships with the city of Langenhagen, the region of Hanover, the state of Lower Saxony, foundations, interest groups and private sponsors.
You maintain a responsible, trusting and cooperative relationship with the board of directors and the advisory board.
We look forward to receiving your digital application that must include:
a short letter of motivation
a sketch of an exhibition and education program ( max. 2 pages)
sample of written work (no longer than 2,000 words)
Application deadline: February 21, 2021 Please send your complete application documents by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Job interviews will take place at the end of March, you will be informed by email later.
If you have any questions about the institution, please contact email@example.com. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artist Talk - Patricia Esquivias (in englisch)
Accompanying the exhibition Cardón Cardinal, we will talk to Patricia Esquivias about her work, her working-methods and her project for the Kunstverein. The online artist talk is going to take place on January 19 at 7 p.m. in english language only. To register for the conversation, send a message to: email@example.com You are welcome to send us your questions for the artist. We will try to incorporate them in the talk!
Patricia Esquivias - Cardón cardinal
Patricia Esquivias (Venezuela, 1979) creates her work from memories, anecdotes and conversations. In her video works, she narrates by herself while presenting documents, photos and objects in front of a steadily installed camera, avoiding any post-processing. In the spirit of storytelling, these are oral summaries that the artist has researched extensively and translated into conceptual maps and image archives. In addition, Patricia Esquivias creates objects in which she incorporates significant images, symbols and fragments from the cosmos of her stories, to then embed them in a spatial context with her video works.
A historical narrative is only as convincing and credible as its author. Esquivias' work is like looking into the thoughts of an artist whose works examine historical theories that have been filtered through an idiosyncratic, hilarious, and highly subjective belief system. This creates a new and fascinating form of fact-based, self-critical fiction. An important part of the work of the artist, who was born in Venezuela and now lives and works in Madrid and Guadalajara, is the relationship between the old and the new world with indirect commentaries on colonial history.
In her work, micro-stories mix in an apparently random way with big narratives and reveal the impossibility of telling stories in a linear, simple and objective manner. For the exhibition at Kunstverein Langenhagen she developed a new work in which Mexican cacti play a leading role. “Cardón cardinal” is the story of the giant cactus that was unearthed in the Mexican desert on the occasion of the Expo92 World Exhibition and flown to Seville by plane. It is still standing there today, slowly but surely drying up. Without presenting her own interpretation, Patricia Esquivias tells this story, which on the one hand refers to colonial practices, but on the other hand also illustrates how, after a (large or small) representative spectacle has subsided, responsibilities can be blurred, buried or pushed aside...
online Leseklub: Siri Hustvedt - Keine Konkurrenz
With existing and new works by Salim Bayri, Aurelie Ferruel & Florentine Guedon, Viola Yeşiltaç, Julia Schmid, Beni Bischof, Hartmut El Kurdi and Objects from the city archive of Langenhagen.
Heimat is a constructed term with a -especially in germany- rather bitter connotation. In 2021 Kunstverein Langenhagen is going to transform into a museum of local history (german: Heimatmuseum). With this project the problems and possibilities, the nostalgia, the pain and the longing surrounding the concept of “homeland” are being displayed and confronted in a provocative and playful manner.
Something which is perceived as a rather old-fashioned institution is being transformed into a different and hopefully more relevant form. The temporary museum of local history is going to focus on the local, regional, and international meaning of the concept of heimat.
Cinzia Ruggeri - postponed
Cinzia Ruggeri (* 1945 † 2019) was an Italian artist and designer. In 1977 she founded her own label and soon became one of the most inventive designers of her generation. Ruggeri's definition of a dress, a bag or shoes is not simply clothing, but rather a crossbreed of performance and architecture - an enhancement of how the human body can inhabit space. One of the things that defines her approach is the reinterpretation of ‘function’: She was the first artist to successfully experiment with technologically improved clothing - decades before other designers. With their titles, Ruggeris’ works even conquered the territory of language, where they highlight the playful alternation between form and function. Through her personal grammar, Ruggeri created works that shift between the real-life stories they spawned from and the subjective, personal use to which they are constantly adapting.