Hamburger Kunsthalle


Between Power and Possibility

17 Feb - 18 Jun 2017

TOBIAS ZIELONY, Lee + Chunk, 2000 from the series Car Park
C-Print, 41.6 x 62.4 cm © Tobias Zielony
Courtesy of Tobias Zielony and KOW, Berlin
TXEMA SALVANS, The Waiting Game, 2014
Farbfotografie, © Txema Salvans
Video (HD), (Videostill) © Vajiko Chachkhiani
Courtesy the artist and Daniel Marzona, Berlin
PAUL GRAHAM, Baby, DHSS Office, Birmingham, 1984
From the series Beyond Caring 87 x 104 cm
Courtesy Paul Graham und Carlier / Gebauer, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
ELMGREEN & DRAGSET, The Wait, 2013
Epoxy resin, textile, aluminium scaffold, Coke can, Converse shoes, 240 x 120 x 60 cm
Courtesy: Galleri Nicolai Wallner, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017, Foto: Anders Sune Berg
Between Power and Possibility
17 February - 18 June 2017

CURATOR: Dr Brigitte Kölle

Waiting has been a part of human life for thousands of years. Although it is often considered an annoyance, time spent waiting is much more than simply ‘unused’ or lost time. Waiting provides an opportunity for reflection, creativity, deceleration and mindfulness. It opens up a realm of unimagined possibilities. Waiting can also be a reflection of social standing and status: people in a position of power do not wait; they have others wait. Fast check-in options and private insurance policies can buy such individuals shorter waiting times at airports or doctors’ surgeries; refugees, on the other hand, often have to wait years for a decision to be made on their asylum applications and have no way to speed up the process. With the large-scale exhibition WAITING, the Hamburger Kunsthalle is for the first time exploring this complex and universal theme. In works by more than 23 international contemporary artists, waiting is addressed as a curiously anachronistic phenomenon in our fast-paced modern society, which is driven by a compulsive need for instant gratification.

The participating artists include Vajiko Chachkhiani, David Claerbout, Andrea Diefenbach, Elmgreen & Dragset, Jakob Engel, Ceal Floyer, Paul Graham, Andreas Gursky, Duane Hanson, Jiří Kovanda, Jochen Kuhn, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Bruce Nauman, Roman Ondak, Tobias Rehberger, Michael Sailstorfer, Txema Salvans, Philip Scheffner / Merle Kröger, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Aleen Solari, Rayyane Tabet, Jens Ullrich, Tobias Zielony.

Tags: David Claerbout, Ceal Floyer, Paul Graham, Andreas Gursky, Duane Hanson, Brigitte Kölle, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Bruce Nauman, Tobias Rehberger, Michael Sailstorfer, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg, Rayyane Tabet, Jens Ullrich, Tobias Zielony