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„KUNST HEUTE“: Two exhibition openings in the Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop | 01.10.2022-23.03.2023

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From 1 October, a multimedia presentation by Stefanie Rübensaal as well as drawings by Michael Morgner will be on view. On the occasion of “KUNST HEUTE”, the Ahrenshoop Art Museum invites you to two vernissages on 1 October 2022. At 11.00 a.m., the show “Michael Morgner – Attempt after Goya. Drawings after the Pinturas Negras in the Quinta del Sordo” will open. One hour later, at 12.00, the multimedia exhibition by Stefanie Rübensaal “I will be there – soon.” will begin. The works will be on view until 4 December 2022 (Morgner) and 23 March 2023 (Rübensaal).

Image above: Michael Morgner, Zwei Alte beim Essen („Querdenker“), 2022, Tusche auf Papier

Visions with Contemporary Relevance: “Michael Morgner – Attempt after Goya”.

Michael Morgner was born in Chemnitz in 1942 and studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig from 1961 to 1966. Artistically, he represents an independent position that bears witness to a pronounced attitude of protest over long stretches of his work. He is more closely associated with today’s Ahrenshoop than almost any other living artist. He has been coming here every summer for decades – to relax and meet old friends, but also to find stimulation for his work in contact with the sea.

In the series of new drawings shown at the Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop, Morgner has deliberately chosen an art historical model: Francisco de Goya’s “Pinturas Negras” from the Quinta del Sordo – the Spanish master’s last residence near Madrid, where he gave painterly form to the demons of his outer and inner world in the late years of his life. Morgner’s “Attempt after Goya” follows on from another recent series of drawings after works by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. The imaginary dialogue with a kindred spirit across time and space begun there opens up a new phase in the artist’s late work. The “Attempt after Goya” refers to a few excerpts from the “Pinturas Negras” and bears the designation “lateral thinker” in its subtitle. Indeed, Morgner recognised something contemporary in Goya’s painterly visions. They confronted him with the demonic irrationality of the current lateral thinking movement, which gained ground during the Corona pandemic, especially in Saxony – where the artist is at home. An artist talk with Michael Morgner at the exhibition will take place on 15 October at 6 pm.

Alles in Wandlung: „Stefanie Rübensaal – Ich werde da sein – bald.“ (Everything in transformation: “Stefanie Rübensaal – I will be there – soon.”)
Stefanie Rübensaal (*1985) comes from Switzerland. She studied in Karlsruhe, then lived in Heidelberg, came to Hamburg in 2013 and has been living in Rostock since December 2019. In the Kröpeliner Tor suburb, she joined the studio community Studio 36 in Barnstorfer Weg. She initiated and participated in artistic actions in the urban space that enliven and enrich it – be it temporary video projections on house facades or graffiti and paintings like the works on electricity boxes in Rostock’s city harbour realised by 31 artists as part of the initiative “MeinHafenDeinHafen” 2021.

The changes in her living environment – first from the south to the north, then from the west to the east – were private, not the result of artistic development goals. However, the practical and mental flexibility this demanded of her had an impact on her work. In her contribution to “KUNST HEUTE” at the Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop, Stefanie Rübensaal addresses the inner transformations and transitions associated with external changes, which take place gradually, sometimes imperceptibly, and accompany the process of “arriving” in a foreign country. She replaces the usually said “I have arrived well” with a more accurate “I will be there – soon”. She paints the theme in an abstract, minimalist way, focusing entirely on coherence and transitions of mood – as they result from colour combinations. The result is a series of large-format, yet quiet, almost meditative pictures, which she continues on site in a spontaneously created wall painting beyond the edges, thus extending to the location (art museum) Ahrenshoop in a very real way. The complementary filmic work will only be shown at the opening on 1 October.


“KUNST HEUTE” is a joint initiative of the Verband der Kunstmuseen, Galerien und Kunstvereine in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e. V. and the Künstlerbund Mecklenburg und Vorpommern e. V. im BBK. The action series, which will take place for the 15th time in 2022, invites visitors to visit a total of 132 art locations in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from 1 to 9 October. In addition to exhibitions, there will be special guided tours, art events and discussions in artists’ studios, galleries, museums, art associations and other art venues.


Exhibition dates: Saturday, 01. October 2022 until Thursday, 23. March 2023


Kunstmuseum Ahrenshoop

Weg zum Hohen Ufer 36
18347 Ahrenshoop

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