The Kunstverein Hannover understands itself as a focal point for the presentation of regional, national and international contemporary art. On a local level, the Kunstverein Hannover is the only Lower Saxon institution to present a wide-ranging survey of the state's outstanding young artistic positions, the “Herbstausstellung” (Autumn Exhibition), which takes places every two years. With PLATTFORM, which was conceived an annual event, the Kunstverein Hannover wants to increase awareness in the regional art scene as well as to direct the general public's attention to the extraordinarily important relationship between teaching, studying and art education for the entire art world. Against this background, PLATTFORM was previously set up as a joint project with the state's two largest art colleges, the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig and the Fachhochschule in Hannover.
The concept at the core of the third PLATTFORM, which will be realized together with the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (HFBK) in Hamburg, is very different from the usual master classes exhibitions. Instead of simply using the Kunstverein as a venue, it will be transformed for a long weekend into a freewheeling workshop stage. The exhibition is designed to be a work-in-progress that is open to all aspects. The curators of the Kunstverein chose those HfbK students whose proposed contributions are not static exhibition products but flexible and process-oriented. Out of a general discussion, form and reciprocal influences between the positions should constantly change and shift during the four-day presentation.
Lectures, discussions groups and a symposium with regional and national participants will go along with the process-oriented focus. They are intended to serve as a discourse platform to substantively deal with specific academic matters as well as general questions concerning the state of teaching, studying and art education.
The fourth edition of the exhibition format PLATTFORM will take place next year within the framework of an “Arbeitsgemeinschaft deutscher Kunstvereine” (AdKV) project with the art college in Malmö.