Franz Ackermann, Chantal Akerman, Stefan Altenburger, Atlas Group/Walid Raad, Susanne Brügger, Arnold Dreyblatt, finger/evolutionäre zellen, Galerie für Landschaftskunst, Hlynur Hallsson, Stephan Huber, Alfredo Jaar, Christoph Keller, Hendrikje Kühne/Beat Klein, Hiroyuki Masuyama, Christiane Möbus, Michael Müller, Peter Piller, Alexander Roob, Richard Schindler, Christine Schulz, Monica Studer/Christoph van den Berg, Heike Weber
With the international group show “Die Sehnsucht des Kartografen” (The Cartographer's Longing), the Kunstverein ends it program for 2003 that dealt with orientation and identity. More than twenty contemporary artists from home and abroad examine the importance of systems of order such as cartography, archival structures and scientific systematizations for today's artistic production. Some of the works were realized exclusively for the Kunstverein and supported by an exhibition dramaturgy that even includes the lobby and the library.
The name of the exhibition “The Cartographer’s Longing” is symbolic of man's attempt to give order to the world. Cartography as a means of orientation, measurement and the definition of one's own stand point is a helpful metaphor in this context because it contains both motives: The search for an overall view as well the futility of this search.
The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive catalog that casts light on theoretical aspects of the development of cartography as well as the exhibited works. Lectures by artists and experts, a film program in conjunction with the Kommunales Kino (December 16-18, 2003) as well as a Symposium organized together with the University of Hannover (January 16-17, 2004) accompany the exhibition (see “accompanying”).