NEW ORDER. About art and order in uncertain times


In the autumn of 2021, the international exhibition NEW ORDER will explore questions of order in uncertain times.

The future seems increasingly unpredictable, the now increasingly elusive. Shaped by geopolitical upheavals, new armed conflicts, climate crises, migratory movements and, most recently, the effects of a pandemic, world events have escalated into an unsettled present. The apparent stability of the global order seems unbalanced. Most notably, the pandemic crisis has thrown global networks and the unfettered mobility of data, goods and people into disarray.

Hanne Darboven, Ost-West-Demokratie, 1983, © Hanne Darboven Stiftung, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 / Courtesy: KEWENIG, Berlin, Foto: Lepkowski Studios Be

Against this backdrop the notion of order has acquired new significance. Public crisis management is increasingly concerned with “restoring” or “maintaining order”. Creating order is seen as an attempt to make the world comprehensible and controllable. But what do we actually mean, when we speak of order? What are the term’s historical and theoretical roots, and in what contexts can it be used today? And is it at all suitable for grasping, let alone shaping, our fluid, ever-evolving contemporary world?

The international group exhibition NEW ORDER tackles these questions by examining the concept of order in its social and aesthetic dimensions. It brings together works by artists from different generations exploring different forms of order. Topics range from scientific and political orders to critical interrogations of power structures and surveillance mechanisms to blueprints for future orders. 

In the autumn of 2021, NEW ORDER will kick off the exhibition programme at the Museum im Kulturspeicher under the direction of Luisa Heese. The title not only serves as the name for the inaugural exhibition, but, with its focus on contemporary issues and their historical foundations, also outlines the museum’s approach for the coming years.

With works by Hartmut Böhm, Monica Bonvicini, Hanne Darboven, Charlotte Eifler, Harun Farocki, Forensic Architecture / Forensic Oceanography, Andreas Gursky, Peter Halley, Barbara Herold, Jenny Holzer, Aleksander Konstantinov, Eva Kot’átková, Alicja Kwade, Sol LeWitt, Vera Molnar, Dan Perjovschi, Lia Perjovschi, Sophia Pompéry, Gabriel Rico, Richard Serra, Katja Strunz, Claudia de la Torre, Timm Ulrichs und Clemens von Wedemeyer.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue and an extensive programme of digital and analogue events. 

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