Rohkunstbau XXI - Apocalypse
This year marks the twenty-first edition of the Rohkunstbau exhibition. Themed “apocalypse” and set against the historic backdrop of Schloss Roskow in the District of Potsdam-Mittelmark, the exhibition presents ten artists from eight nations.
The notion of transition serves as the focus of the examination of apocalypse. Every end brings a new beginning. This choice of theme for the XXI. Rohkunstbau is loosely tied to Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. But instead of being an exact interpretation of Götterdämmerung, the fourth and final part of the Ring, the exhibition draws on Wagner’s notion of an end and subsequent beginning. Wagner has served as inspiration for Rohkunstbau’s exhibition since 2011. In previous exhibitions artists have been invited to address themes of Power (2011), Morals (2013), and Revolution (2014), now followed by Apocalypse for 2015.
The topic of apocalypse suits this location well. Hans-Hermann von Katte, a member of the von Katte family that erected the palace in 1723, was hanged in 1730 on the order of King Friedrich I after von Katte had helped the king’s son escape from his father. The executioner’s sword hung in the palace until 1945; the artist Christiane Möbus references this in her work.
The participating artists approach the theme of downfall and subsequent new beginning from vastly different perspectives. The artistic investigations revolve around themes of family, power, societal relationships, natural disasters, or the cycle of life.