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The struggle for homeland and origin. Christiane Möbus with solo exhibition at Schloss Neuhardenberg | 01.04.-04.06.2023

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From 1 April 2023, the important sculptor and long-time UdK professor Christiane Möbus will exhibit works from six decades on the theme of homeland and origin under the title Wildwechsel, thus returning to her family roots in the Oderbruch.

Image above: Christiane Möbus Installation view Dempsey, Schloss Neuhardenberg, © Stiftung Schloss Neuhardenberg / VG BildKunst, Bonn Photo: Lutz Bertram

On 1 April, the Stiftung Schloss Neuhardenberg opens the exhibition Wildwechsel with works by Christiane Möbus (*1947) in its exhibition hall. Möbus is one of Germany’s most distinguished and successful contemporary artists and was professor of sculpture at the University of the Arts, Berlin, for almost 25 years. Now the Stiftung Schloss Neuhardenberg was able to win her for a solo exhibition.

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Artist Christiane Möbus © picture alliance / dpa Photo: Ole Spata

Christiane Möbus uses the example of her own family history to look at the effects of flight and expulsion on the next generation. Her family originally came from the Oder region, both from what is now Poland and from the immediate vicinity of Neuhardenberg. In 1945, the family fled and Christiane Möbus was born in West German exile. Her childhood, marked by poverty, was accompanied by stories about her family’s past in the Oder region. They revolved around an old brickyard owned by her great-grandmother, her great-uncle with the gold mine, her grandfather who had been a teacher in Quappendorf, and many others. For Christiane Möbus, these were mythical stories from an unknown and unreachable distance: the German-German division made a return and, at first, even visits impossible.

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Christiane Möbus Mother and Daughter, Neuhardenberg Castle, © Stiftung Schloss Neuhardenberg / VG BildKunst, Bonn Photo: Lutz Bertram

Even after more than seven decades, Christiane Möbus is not letting go of this past. In her most personal exhibition to date, she makes her own family history the subject for the first time; in the objects and photographs on display, she creates impressive images as ciphers of her past and kinship relationships.

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View of the castle © Stiftung Schloss Neuhardenberg Photo: Markus Bachmann

The works presented are sometimes poetic, sometimes sober, sometimes melancholic and often full of wit. They create a sounding oard for the viewer’s own associations about origin and family.

A catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition.


1.4. until 4.6.2023
Exhibition hall

Admission: € 5,- / reduced € 3,-

Opening and artist talk
Sat, 1.4, 3 pm, Great Hall
Free admission
The artist will be present.

Curator tours
Sun, 16.4. and Sun, 14.5., both at 4 p.m.
Price incl. admission to the exhibition: € 5,-.

Finissage & walk through the exhibition with the artist
Sun, 4.6, 4 pm
Price incl. admission to the exhibition: € 5,-.

Information and tickets
Ticket service on 033476-600-750 (daily 10am-6pm) or at schlossneuhardenberg.de


Schloss Neuhardenberg
15320 Neuhardenberg

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