Monika Baer, Nairy Baghramian, Gwenneth Boelens, Miriam Cahn, Lone Haugaard Madsen, Georg Herold, Ane Mette Hol, Nicolas Jasmin, Park McArthur, Rune Mields, Hana Miletić, Olga Pedan, Jewyo Rhii, Stefan Sandner, Michael E. Smith, Clare Stephenson, Walter Swennen, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Franz Erhard Walther, Heimo Zobernig
The exhibition »wir blumen« at Kunstverein Hannover offers insight into one of Germany’s most interesting private art collections: that of Gaby and Wilhelm Schürmann, whose holdings include over 1000 works by numerous artists.
The drawings, objects, installations, and paintings in this exhibition—all of them specially selected for the rooms at Kunstverein Hannover—pose questions about the fundamental concepts behind art and our perception of it: whether through the exhaustively-rendered, double-sided drawings of Ane Mette Hol; in the unstable floor of a living room-like installation by Jewyo Rhii; or in painter Monika Baer’s adept gesture of quotation. Nonchalance and a deliberate break with aspirations to the sublime characterize both “Old Master” Walter Swennen’s work and that of Lone Haugaard Madsen, installed in-situ. The tour of over 60 poetic works by 20 artists concludes with the small, delicate painting »wir blumen« (»we flowers«) by Miriam Cahn, a work that gives this exhibition its title and encourages further reflection on the »lightness of the fragile« in all its seriousness.
The Schürmann Collection has been exhibited in numerous museums, including mumok in Vienna (2018), Ludwig Forum for International Art in Aachen (2016), K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, and Deichtorhallen in Hamburg (2011). Gaby and Wilhelm Schürmann are recipients of the »ART COLOGNE Prize« in 2020, an award granted by Koelnmesse and the Association of German Galleries and Fine Art Dealers (BVDG).