Der neue Mensch, der Ansager, der Konstrukteur. El Lissitzky: Das Selbstbildnis als Kestner Gesellschaftincluding works by Heinrich Dunst

Public Group Exhibition
Kestner Gesellschaft
8 Jul1 Oct 2023
read inGerman
With the exhibition The New Man, The Announcer, The Constructor, the Kestner Gesellschaft traces the founding moments of its history and the avant-garde mission. Presented only seven years after the Kestner Gesellschaft’s establishment in 1916, the exhibition El Lissitzky was the very first institutional solo show of the Russian artist, marking his groundbreaking position as the announcer of the new vocabulary which revolutionised the formal language of art and well as his role as a constructor of an institutional thinking, based upon the scientific and experiential perception and innovative approach to exhibition’s architecture, strategies of display and a total understanding of artistic creation.
The New Man, The Announcer, The Constructor celebrates the centenary of this exhibition by paying a tribute to this significant fact in the Kestner Gesellschaft’s institutional history, a fact which planted a seed for a vast variety of experimental and progressive ideas, reflected in the future program and the institutional identity of the Kestner Gesellschaft. The exhibition emphasizes the pioneering and visionary aspects, developed around this time by then director and curator Alexander Dorner and other representatives of the avant-garde, active in Hannover at the beginning of the 1920s. Moreover, it investigates the long-lasting legacy of that period, and its impact on the museum’s discourse, especially in regards to Dorner’s term of the “living museum” and El Lissitzky’s “imaginary spaces” where the art experience was meant to become more personal, intense, and multidimensional, fitting the life of a new, modern man, inhabiting a constantly changing world, full of contrasts.
Conceived as an institutional self-portrait of a prophetic artist, The New Man, The Announcer, The Constructor consist of the archival materials and historical positions, set up in a confrontation with the deconstructive and revisionist reading of the modernist paradigm by the contemporary artists.
With, amongst others, BEASTER, Martin Boyce, Max Burchartz, Heinrich Dunst, Fernanda Fragateiro, Assaf Gruber, Paul Harrison and John Wood, Lajos Kassák, Marlena Kudlicka, Marysia Lewandowska, El Lissitzky, Felipe Mujica, László Moholy-Nagy, Paulina Ołowska, László Peri, Prinz Gholam, Florian Pumhösl, Susanne Sachsse, Wieland Schönfelder, Kurt Schwitters, Edik Steinberg, Katja Strunz and Nikolai Michailowitsch Suetin.
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