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75 years Haus am Waldsee: GLÜCKHABEN – An artist quartet

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GLÜCKHABEN, Playing card Barkow Leibinger, Haus am Waldsee, 2021, Courtesy Barkow Leibinger (Photo: Roman März)

This year, the Haus am Waldsee is 75 years old. To mark the occasion, the institution, which has been the exhibition venue for international contemporary art in Steglitz-Zehlendorf since 1946, is reflecting on major exhibition events using 56 examples. Following the model of earlier car quartets, artists who were presented in individual presentations between 1946 and 2020 playfully compete with each other. Since a quartet only has a maximum of 56 cards, a strong selection had to be made. Thus, all thematic and group exhibitions were omitted, as well as other artists, some of them very famous. The quartet is limited to 1000 copies and will only be offered for one year.

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GLÜCKHABEN, Playing card Willi Baumeister, Haus am Waldsee, 2021, © 2020 Willi Baumeister Stiftung, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Here is the blurb of the card game:

GLÜCKHABEN is a quartet that opens up an unusual playground with 56 artistic personalities who have exhibited at the Haus am Waldsee since 1946. Like car brands, they come into competition in the game. GLÜCKHABEN commemorates more than 360 exhibitions that have caused a sensation in 75 years in the former Jewish industrialist’s villa in southwest Berlin.

In the box, Käthe Kollwitz, Norbert Bisky, Thomas Rentmeister and Karl Hartung form as surprising a quartet as Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque with Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Juan Miró. Renée Sintenis beats Barkow Leibinger 2020 in 1958 by a whole 454 visitors. And the largest work of art, measuring 13 x 9 metres at Werner Aisslinger 2013, meets Meret Oppenheim, whose largest work on display measured only 75 x 30 cm in 1985. Each show is accompanied by further exciting superlatives: year of the exhibition, duration and age of the artist. Enough numerical material, then, to outdo each other in the game and, at the same time, to review the programme of the Haus am Waldsee in retrospect. 

GLÜCKHABEN is a parlour game for all generations that, for the first time in the German-speaking world, reflects an institutional exhibition programme as a card set. In addition to painting, sculpture, video and performance, it includes architecture, fashion, furniture design and sound by contemporary, internationally renowned artists. 

The artists’ quartet on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Haus am Waldsee is now available and was made possible by the Verein der Freunde und Förderer des Hauses am Waldsee. The selection was reduced to individual exhibitions alone. 

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GLÜCKHABEN, Spielkarte Ina Weber, Haus am Waldsee, 2021, Foto: Bernd Borchardt, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Concept, idea and texts: Katja Blomberg
Project management: Anna Himmelsbach
Editing: Sebnem Yavuz
Cover illustration: Olav Christopher Jenssen aus der Reihe Moderation, 2003
Design: Natalia Luzenko

The GLÜCKHABEN Künstler:innenquartett is published in a limited edition (1,000 copies). It is available from the Haus am Waldsee at a price of 18 EUR / members 15 EUR.


Haus am Waldsee – Internationale Kunst in Berlin
Argentinische Allee 30
14163 Berlin-Zehlendorf

WHEN? Tue to Sun 11 am to 6 pm, Mon closed, open on public holidays

COSTS? 7 EUR / 5 EUR reduced, Children up to 18 years free admission

ÖPNV: U3 Krumme Lanke, S1 Mexikoplatz

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