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Pictured as a Poem


Exhibition: October 17, 2021 to January 23, 2022

Curator: Marion Eisele

The international group exhibition Pictured as a Poem at KAI 10 | ARTHENA FOUNDATION explores the use of lyrical language in contemporary art. It focuses on the associative spaces that open up when poetry is used in text works, paintings, videos and expansive installations. More and more visual artists today are following poetic paths. They touch on questions of personal and collective identity and capture the quiet nuances of interpersonal sentiment. A unifying thread lies in the interest in the interplay between author(s) and real or imagined recipient(s), which is why the text forms of poem and (love) letter occupy a special role in the exhibition.

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Accompanying program

, 12 – 6 pm

Pictured as a Poem: Opening

2 pm
Welcome Monika Schnetkamp, Chairwoman Arthena Foundation
Introduction Marion Eisele, Curator of the exhibition
4.30 pm
Reading by Himali Singh Soin (with David Tappeser)

, 6 pm

Concert: Saâdane Afif: DWARF LIFT DWARF sings „The Pirates’ Who’s Who”

Location: Rudas Studios, Zollhof 11, 40221 Düsseldorf, Entrance fee: 5€, Reservations at +49 211 99 434 130 or

The experimental music band Dwarf Lift Dwarf performs lyrics commissioned by the artist Saâdane Afif on the theme of piracy. The concert, produced by KAI 10 | ARTHENA FOUNDATION and the Beaufort 21 Art Triennial, is part of Afif’s exhibition contribution “The Pirates’ Who’s Who”, which also includes an LP release.

4.30 pm Guided tour with the curator through the exhibition at KAI 10.

, 3 pm

Finissage and artist talk

On the occasion of the conclusion of the group exhibition Pictured as a Poem, curator Marion Eisele will lead a discussion with Sarah Kürten and Thyra Schmidt. The focus will be on how the two artists use a lyrical language to address interpersonal relationships and social conditions. (in German)

Your health is important to us! Due to limited capacity, registration for the event is required by phone at 0211 99 434 130 or by email: 2G+ applies for the event: Please come vaccinated or recovered AND tested.

Public guided tours


Public guided tours | 3 pm: 17.10.2021, 31.10.2021, 14.11.2021, 28.11.2021, 12.12.2021, 02.01.2022, 16.01.2022


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