Announcement of 27th Rohkunstbau in Altdöbern, Germany

New sculptures and installations by Francesca Marti’ will be included in the 27th edition of the Rohkunstbau opening this summer at the Altdöbern Castle, in Altdöbern, 120 kms south east of Berlin. Curated by Dr. Heike Fuhlbrügge, the exhibition is titled Future – Into the Open, and features work by 15 international contemporary artists. A catalogue will be published.
Artists: Thorsten Brinkmann, Patricia Detmering, Rainer Fetting, Simryn Gill, Anna K E, Lawrence Lek, Francesca Marti’, Isa Melsheimer, Ahmet Ögüt, Chloe Piene, Robin Rhode, Markus Schaller, Cindy Sherman, Katja Strunz and Halla Wardé.

From the curatorial statement:
The 27th ROHKUNSTBAU will be dedicated to the topic “Future – Into the Open“. In 2022, the exhibition will take place in the Altdöbern Castle in southern Brandenburg.  It is precisely against this background of a castle with such a diverse past, that the subject of the future will give visitors to the exhibition new access to a constantly changing world. Past and future are closely intertwined. Who are we?  Where are we going? 

The theme is underpinned by three sub-themes: technology/virtuality, self-presentation/staging and cooperative spaces. The theme of nature will play a role, so that elements from the previous exhibition Ich bin Natur (I am Nature – looking at vulnerability and survival, Rohkustbau 26 in 2021) can be continued. It is about tracking down changes that are already in force today, through the use of technology to optimize people or the extension of reality through virtual space. What is the significance of the virtualization of life, as some Internet companies are now striving for it? Do we really want this change or do we shy away from it? What repercussions does this have on our coexistence and our idea of nature and the other?

It is precisely in this context that the second topic comes into play. Self-presentation or staging relies on the economy of attention in the context of human coexistence. At first this behavior appeared as a break out from the everyday life of the monotonous consumer society. However, it now seems to have become an autonomous and necessary support in the circus of neoliberal self-promotion. 

In the area of cooperative spaces, the focus is on living together and how this can be reflected aesthetically. The theme begins with the desire for community and new forms of living together. Sometimes bold architectural design may conflict with human needs. What are the guiding principles of architecture today?

Future – Into the Open – Rohkunstbau XXVII
Curated by Dr. Heike Fuhlbrügge, with a publication
Schloss Altdöbern, Germany, in Altdöbern, 120 kms south east of Berlin 
Summer, 2022 (opening dates to be announced)