XXIV. ROHKUNSTBAU 2018: Achtung – Mind the Gap

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It is a strange occurrence, perhaps, that a public transport service announcement is the naming concept that will form and develop an international exhibition. But just as this familiar public announcement warns the public of the gap between the train or bus and the platform, it evokes “to mind” which is to say, to take care, be aware of, or be alert to the potential of an immediate and incipient danger. Similarly, the use of “the gap” is suggestive of a space that is a dangerous rift, a potential rupture or cause of injury, an unresolved state of the in-between.

This year’s subject for XXIV. Rohkunstbau: “Achtung – Mind the Gap” (at Schloss Lieberose) follows on from last year’s XXIII. Rohkunstbau: “Die Schönheit im Anderen – The Beauty of Difference”, an exhibition that sought to celebrate international human and creative diversity by embracing notions of difference and otherness. This year’s exhibition is yet more seriously self-reflexive and perhaps nearer to home. It addresses an increasing phenomenon across contemporary Europe, namely the dangerous arguments or expanded fields of rupture and disassociation that are taking place. Whether speaking in terms of the effects of worldwide international/global conflicts versus local conflicts, or those expressed as regions against the nation state (Catalonia, or the Basque Region in Spain), attempts at dissolving pre-existing national unities (Scotland and the United Kingdom), or other types of internal ethnic competitiveness or linguistic divisions – urban and rural, town and country, city and periphery – each aspect has generated rifts and the anxieties of disunity. It follows therefore, that an increased sense of intellectual and emotional self-analysis of motivations comes to the fore.

The artists in the 2018 Rohkunstbau exhibition are asked what these “gaps” and spaces between the personal and the collective are, to engage with issues of tension, perceived identities and associations, and to come up with ideas that respond to and evaluate the current situation across Europe’s nation states and beyond. If the 2017 Rohkunstbau celebrated cultural diversity and difference, it follows that alternative positive assertions need to be created and understood in relation to current anxieties about difference and assimilation. The artists are asked less to engage with the simple polemic of the subject, more to aim for a creative synthesis of visual suggestions that better facilitates openness and integration, leading to a greater understanding of the differences that are exposed.

Eleven international artists Nine individual artists and one artist duo will undertake this task, submitting a concept or idea as to how they feel the issues elucidated above might be addressed. And, as the title of the exhibition suggests, the works will need to touch upon the different ways that these socio-cultural rifts might be addressed in the context of today’s European disunity.


Laura Bruce

USA (painting and sculpture)

Martin Dammann

Germany (painting)

GODsDOGs (Britta & Ron Helbig)

Germany (painting and installation)

Nilbar Güreş

Turkey (conceptual)

Holly Hendry

United Kingdom (sculpture)

Magdalena Jetelová    

Czech Republic (installation and sculpture)

Roman Korovin

Latvia (photography)

Zofia Kulik

Poland (film and video)

Kate McMillan        

United Kingdom/ Australia (video art)

Christopher Winter

United Kingdom (painting and drawing)




Opening hours:
Exhibition duration: 30th June 2018 - 09th September 2018
Saturday & Sunday: 12 - 18 o'clock
Opening: 30th June 2018, 3 pm

Regular: 8 Euro
Reduced: 5 Euro
Free admission for children under 12 years, students, unemployed, Hartz IV recipients, severely handicapped
Receive discount on presentation of the appropriate proof.

The ticket sale takes place directly on site, no presale.

There is no lift in the castle. Unfortunately, access to the upper floor of the exhibition is not barrier-free.

Castle Lieberose
Schlosshof 3, 15868 Lieberose


Brandenburg Ministry for Science, Research and Culture

Administrative district of Dahme-Spreewald

Mittelbrandenburgische Sparkasse

Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg (Business promotion bank in the federal state of Brandenburg )

Society „Freunde des Rohkunstbau e.V.“

British Council

Australia Council for the Arts

Embassy of the United States, Berlin

Eidotech GmbH

Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz

Brandenburgische Schlösser GmbH

Tourismus-Entwicklungsgesellschaft Lieberose/Oberspreewald mbH