Rohkunstbau XVIII. POWER

Rohkunstbau XVIII. POWER

Rohkunstbau, the tradition-steeped exhibition institution for place bound contemporary art, brought together international artists for the18th time in summer 2011 and displayed their works to the interested public in the mansion of Marquardt, a place outside of usual the art scene.

The XVIII. Rohkunstbau showed works concerning the theme “Power”, thereby starting a four-years-cycle that is to be freely interpreted after the “Ring of the Nibelung” by Richard Wagner. “Rhinegold” with its conflictual matter of unrequited love and search for power is background to the first part of the “Rohkunstbau Ring”.

For this exhibition, ten visual artists from five nations dealt with the imagery and interpretation of power, as well as with its consequences and misuse. In their exhibits, which were created specially for Rohkunstbau, they expressed diverse conceptions of power: be it the transformation of energy or the human ability of controlling and manipulating, be it affirmative or suppressive power. For some works, Wagner’s artistic synthesis served as inspiration for musical adaptation.

The artists involved in this year's exhibition are:
Christoph Brech (Germany) 
Frank Nitsche (Germany)
Judy Millar (New Zealand)
Karin Sander (Germany/Switzerland)
Katinka Pilscheur (Germany)
Marc Brandenburg (Germany)
Mariana Vassileva (Bulgaria/Germany)
Mariele Neudecker (Germany/UK)
Oswaldo Maciá (Columbia/UK)
Simon Faithfull (UK/Germany)

In 2011, Rohkunstbau managed to take up former achievements and thrilled more than 6000 visitors by its 18th exhibition in an unusual and restful atmosphere. Not surprisingly, comments that the place itself, decaying Schloss Marquardt close to the idyllic lake Schlänitz, and the creative work are – as always – worth the quite long journey. The blog qjubes deems the pieces ingenious, witful and captivating, established in between of catastrophic desolation and surreal landscapes. kunstundfilm concludes that the exhibition keeps being a unique all-inclusive-destination, while Zitty holds this year’s display to be certainly one if the peaks of Rohkunstbau, gathering mainly artworks that empathetically get involved with the aged scenery.

The XVIII Rohkunstbau was on view from 1st July to 11th September 2011. Also, parts of the exhibited artwork were displayed on the Venice Biennale.