“könnte aber doch“ – WKV Stuttgart

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Müller & Sohn will be represented in the exhibition:
könnte aber doch” – WKV Stuttgart (updated title)
Cover picture: Müller & Sohn from the perspective of a find.

Exhibition of the artists’ members

August 24 – September 22, 2019
Opening: Friday, August 23, 2019, 7 p.m.


könnte aber doch” – WKV Stuttgart Topic
The present has always been the past. It is experienced collectively and at the same time personally. It manifests itself through actions in public and private, political and poetic, measurable and felt here and now. The present, when it comes to light as a supposedly objective past – as for example in historiography – is marked by the realism of “hard” facts. That even historiography is only a narrative that is neither factual nor all-encompassing, but rather ideological, shaped by power relations, dominant interests and equally subjective and aesthetic language forms*, is often ignored. Moreover, the present is always the future. And the more it shrinks to ever smaller units of time, which we call progress and/or growth, the more the horizon seems to darken over what was and what is to come: let us think only of the shifts in the global climate. Nothing that is or was, however, is necessarily as it is or was. It could also be/have been quite different.

“If there is a sense of reality, there must also be a sense of possibility,” writes Robert Musil in The Man without Qualities (1930), summarizing this as follows:

“The one who possesses it [the sense of possibility], for example, does not say: Here this or that happened, will happen, must happen; but he invents: Here could, should or must happen; and when one tells him of anything that it is as it is, then he thinks: Well, it could probably be different. So the sense of possibility could almost be defined as the ability to think everything that might be just as good and not to take what is more important than what is not”.

But the subjunctive “could nevertheless” tears a gap that is as creative as it is critical into the present, a gap that couples what has been with what is to come, that is, with a future of which we cannot yet know anything.

The Fridays for Future demonstrations are carried by a generation that, as the older generation often claims, lacks life experience. What these young people demand and demand back is a future, a life experience yet to come, which is currently being taken away from them. They accuse a generation that, despite or because of its critical thinking, has become accustomed and adapted to those economic, industrial, military and political conditions that can completely destroy any future livelihood. The sense of possibility that this insurrection offers us is aimed at breaking with the seemingly factual and at the demand that “everything that could be just as good should be thought of and that which is should not be taken more seriously than that which is not”.

Do what? Art has many examples ready, which in a critical, ironic, poetic, political and/or activist way create alternative world models in which past and future are reinvented as possibilities. This year’s exhibition of the artist members of the Württembergischer Kunstverein aims to trace this potential and therefore asks for submissions by June 30, 2019 (postmark). What is in demand are works that revolve around how what is or was could also be different in a variety of ways and with a variety of means.

*The American historian Hayden White analyzed historiography as a literary genre and divided it into the rhetorical figures of metaphor, metonymy, synekdoch, and irony. See: Hayden White, Metahistory: The Historical Imagination of the 19th Century in Europe, Frankfurt am Main 1991 (Original: 1973). 

WKV Stuttgart

A fairly accurate report by Julia Lutzeyer about the exhibition in the Stuttgarter Zeitung

Venice – 2019 Müller & Sohn, Palazzo Mora, Impressions

personal structures

The exhibition “Personal Structures – Identities” is a colorful mixture of well-known and unknown actors of the international art scene.

In addition, some galleries send works by their protagonists to the Palazzo Bembo, the Pallazzo Mora or the Giardini Marinaressa. In past exhibitions, works by Xenia Hausner, Markus Lüpertz, Yoko Ono and works by Tesfaye Urgessa and other artists, who were still relatively unknown at the time, have been on display in the Palazzi Mora, Bembo and Giardini Marinaressa. Also this time it was colorfully mixed. It is this colourful mixture of works by different artists from different countries and continents that makes the exhibitions in the Palazzi so interesting. The visitor can browse and discover. These ECC events bring a breath of fresh air and enrich the overall event of the Biennale. Venice is simply fantastic and ideally suited for presenting art.

The Opening

Ultimately, however, it was neither the context of the Biennale nor known names that prompted us to take part in this exhibition. It was simply the large number of people we could reach with our work. There are several hundred thousand visitors at this event in the Palazzi Bembo and Mora.

During our visits to the Biennale in the past years, we ourselves were also very excited to browse through the different palazzi, churches and monasteries.

Venice - 2019, Palazzo Mora, Impressions of an exhibition © Müller & Sohn 2019
More and more people do arrive at the palazzo in the entrance area on the right side you see sculptures made by Gonçalo Mabunda, Mozambique Pavilion.

And of course we are happy to be able to reach and address as many people as possible with our art.

Venice - 2019, Palazzo Mora, Impressions of an exhibition © Müller & Sohn 2019
The first people are entering the space. On 1st floor, on the left side in the opposite room of mozambique pavilion you can find or installation.

That’s why we made a special effort to present the visitors of the exhibition with a decent piece of work.

We played a wall available to us with a specially created installation consisting of video, painting and sculpture for our project WEGE – Wadden Sea.

Venice - 2019, Palazzo Mora, Impressions of an exhibition our Installation © Müller & Sohn 2019
The Installation

The room is located directly opposite the Mozambique Pavilion, directly after climbing the stairs into the Palazzi, left at the end of the wide corridor to the left

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Fishvision Detail 01
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Fishvision Detail 02
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Fishvision Detail 03

Sculptures – Task Force Laguna

Task-Force-Laguna-III @ Müller & Sohn
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On the Wadden Sea, strange specimens of flying sea turtles wearing Venetian carnival masks have been spotted recently. Rumor has it that they are migrating turtles from tropical waters who got stuck in the Venetian Lagoon during carnival season and, feeling enthusiastic about the event, spontaneously mutated. They then used their fins as wings, flew across the Alps and eventually reached the Wadden Sea. 

Secretly called the “Unità Operativa Laguna” or “Task Force Laguna” they export the spirit of Venetia to the north. Could this be the start of the Sea Turtle Renaissance?