Contemporary Ruins

June 23, 2017 to October 1, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017, 7 pm


Monika Schnetkamp, Chairwoman Arthena Foundation

Dr. Barbara Könches, Kunststiftung NRW

About the exhibition
Julia Höner, Curator

Thursday, July 6, 2017, 7 pm

Ruins in Reverse
Round Table accompanying the exhibition

Eva Schmidt, director Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen
Katya Gardea Browne, Clemens Botho Goldbach, artists of the exhibition
Julia Höner, Ludwig Seyfarth, curators

A discussion of the relationship between historic and modern-day ruins, based on Robert Smithson’s idea of Ruins in Reverse and his famous project, Hotel Palenque, located on the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico.

Thursday, September 7, 2017, 7 pm

The Ruins of the Future
Talk in English

Brian Dillon, Autor, writer, critic, curator
Royal College of Art, London

Since at least the eighteenth century, the ruin has been a decayed but eloquent presence in art and aesthetics. Ruins remind us of the past but are really oriented towards the future; this talk will describe some of the ways contemporary art looks to the future through ruins.