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Body & Soul. Thinking, Feeling, Brushing Teeth – Museum Ostwall | 13.03.2021-15.01.2023

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At the beginning of 2020, the Museum Ostwall reopened its new collection presentation under the title “Body & Soul. Thinking, Feeling, Brushing Teeth” after an extensive reconstruction of the two museum floors. Fernand Léger’s dancers from the period of Classical Modernism now compete with break dancers in Andreas Langfeld’s photographs; the Expressionists’ landscapes, shaped by their own emotional experience, encourage visitors to uncover their own repressed states of mind in Wolf Vostell’s installation “Umgraben”.

Image above: Thomas Bayrle: Super Colgate, 1965. Image: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

What makes up our body? What does it need to exist and function? When do we feel comfortable in our bodies? These are questions that can be explored when entering the exhibition on level 5 of the Dortmunder U. In the process, the video installation “Exchange Fields” by Bill Seaman invites us to interact with our own bodies. On level 4, we enter the realm of the soul: How do we feel about ourselves and our surroundings? What do we love and what do we fear? What do we believe in today?

With this new exhibition, too, the MO takes up topics that are close to life and to which the visitors can connect with their everyday experiences. In this way, the museum opens up to the visitors’ lifeworld and invites them to discover connections between their own experiences and art.

Visitors can not only look forward to new works of art, but also to a new look for the exhibition floors themselves. Together with the design office SODA, the MO im U team has developed a new interior design with more spacious rooms, a visitor-friendly routing and a new colour concept. The central space between the two exhibition floors has become the “Flux Inn” and offers opportunities to become artistically active yourself, take a cosy break in the hammock or browse through books on the exhibition. A newly furnished, spacious teaching and ArtActionRoom enables school classes, individual visitors and seminars to work directly in the exhibition space on the artworks in the collection. And in the central window on level 4, one of the masterpieces of the respective presentation already offers a foretaste in the stairwell of what awaits visitors inside.


Museum Ostwall in the Dortmunder U
Leonie Reygers Terrace
44137 Dortmund


Saturday, 13 March 2021 until Sunday, 15 January 2023


Fortunately, admission to the collection of the Museum Ostwall is free of charge.

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