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Body in Pieces

Monica Bonvicini, Leda Bourgogne, Mariechen Danz, Nadira Husain, Jens Pecho, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Ryan Trecartin

Exhibition duration: February 22 to May 12, 2019

Curator: Julia Höner

The artists of Body in Pieces dedicate themselves to the human body as a focal point at which pressing queries coincide, concerning the technological and social conditions of human existence, for instance. Knowledge about the body today reveals itself as being both relational and frayed. Take, for example, the notion of increasingly technically interconnected, posthuman bodies, competing with the traditional identity- and gender-based images that are predominantly and persistently in circulation. In the works of the seven international artists, the body consequently appears as a rather fragmented and ambiguous entity—in which power and control manifest themselves and which is economically and socially appropriated. At the same time, the body still represents our organic basis—from where innumerable wishes and desires are formulated.

The exhibition is supported by:


and kindly sponsored by


CLEMENS KRAUSS, Session, Performance

Artist Clemens Krauss is realizing the performative-participatory project Session as a cooperation between KAI 10 | ARTHENA FOUNDATION and tanzhaus nrw. We cordially invite visitors to book individual sessions (each lasting 50 minutes) with Clemens Krauss, who is also psychoanalyst, on three dates to be determined in advance. The sessions broach the issue of the interplay of organic-corporeal procedures and unconscious psychological processes within the body and correspond to a classical psychoanalytical-therapeutic setting. The project will go on for three consecutive weekends in March. The discussions are subject to confidentiality. They will take place in a specially furnished room at tanzhaus nrw, which cannot be observed from the outside.

Dates upon arrangement:

7.-8.3.2019 / 10.3.2019 / 14.-16.3.2019 / 21.-23.3.2019, ca. 50 minutes at tanzhaus nrw, Erkrather Str. 30, 40233 Düsseldorf

Further information and appointments:, +49 (0)211-99434130

In cooperation with Hi, Robot! Das Mensch Maschine Festival at tanzhaus nrw.  


Accompanying program

, 7 pm

Body in Pieces: Opening

Monika Schnetkamp, Chairwoman Arthena Foundation

Julia Höner, Curator of the exhibition

, 11 am , 6 pm

Duesseldorf Photo Weekend

extended opening hours
Friday, 08.03.19, 11 am–9 pm
Saturday, 09.03.19, 11 am–8 pm
Sunday, 10.03.19, 11 am–6 pm

, 2 pm

Duesseldorf Photo Weekend

Guided tour with the curator of the exhibition Julia Höner.

, 7 pm

Bound to the Body

About the body as a projection surface and how it preserves its resilience.

A talk with Monica Bonvicini, Jens Pecho, Nicolaus Schafhausen (Strategic Director Fogo Island Arts/Shorefast) & Julia Höner

, 7 pm – 1 am

Düsseldorf ’s night of museums

with guided tours through the exhibition.

, 7 pm

Gut aussehen für die Kamera. Schönheit im Videobild

Video programme curated by Marion Eisele (Curator KAI 10 | ARTHENA FOUNDATION)

Video Box 8.1.
Location: Haus der Universität
Düsseldorf, Schadowplatz 14, 40212 Düsseldorf
In cooperation with Stiftung imai - inter media art institute

, 7 pm

Grow a Body

The performance by Kirstin Burckhardt touches upon topics ranging from self-amputation to sexualized bodies in the entertainment industry.

Kirstin Burckhardt with Gloria Höckner

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