Franz Ackermann, Reto Boller, Olaf Breuning, Daniele Buetti, Marie José Burki, Rineke Dijkstra, Peter Doig, Bart Domburg, Stefan Gritsch, Tim Head, Stefan Hoderlein, Stefan Kern, Inez van Lamsweerde, Abigail Lane, Rémy Markowitsch, Ralf Peters, Thomas Rentmeister, Ugo Rondinone, Thomas Ruff, Roland Schappert, Adrian Schiess, Cédric Teisseire, Alexander Timtschenko, Peter Zimmermann
On the staging of close ups and surfaces:
With the exhibition CLOSE UP, Dr. Stephan Berg, who assumed the direction of the Kunstverein Hannover on January 1, 2001, opened the program of activities for the year 2001. CLOSE UP was conceived as a joint exhibition project in association with the Kunstverein Freiburg and the Kunsthaus Baselland, and was modified especially for the architectural situation of the Kunstverein Hannover. At the center of the works by 24 international artists shown in the Kunstverein was the observation that artistic preparatory designs since the nineteen eighties are less concerned with the classical dialectic between surface and content, but rather with the textualization, visualization of the surface itself. As today's artists work more-and-more with visual practices stemming from the fields of film, design and advertisements, the surface has a new status. It becomes visible to the core and creates its own iconography, one that is not concerned with the contrast between being and appearance, between the packaging and the deeper meaning. The exhibition encompassing more than 80 works attempted to demonstrate ideas about the discovery of new artistic narrative possibilities relying on historical types without, however, being hierarchically chained to them.