December 18, 2016 - February 26, 2017


Thicker than water. Family concepts in contemporary art


Opening: Sunday, December 18, 11 am



In view of changing realities family has to be thought in a new way. At the latest with the protests of 1968 criticism of rigid role models and patriarchal power is part of the social mainstream. Yet as soon as it comes to defining what family is the topic develops a new explosive force. What makes up the families core/the core of the family?Besides value and generational conflicts social debates about family are coined by the development of new technologies like IVF or surrogacy as well as alternative lifestyles/outlines of life. Instead of a biological legitimacy family can also be perceived as a production process or doing family. Therefore the development of communities und society interact and lead to the question if the notion/concept/idea of family can be interpreted individually and filled with all forms of living together. Thus family affairs do not only have a private, but also a politically dimension. They are expression of changing social structures and different family conceptions








Ragnar Kjartansson<br/>Me and my Mother 2010, 2010<br/>Still<br/>Courtesy i8 Gallery Reykjavík

Nina Katchadourian<br/>Accent Elimination, 2005<br/>Still<br/>Courtesy the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Candice Breitz<br/>Factum Tang, 2010<br/>Still<br/>Commissioned by The Power Plant, Toronto; Commissioning Partner - Partners in Art










Personally involved or at a distance the artists reflect the present status of family. Which meaning does family have in view of globalized working conditions and pluralized ways of life? In what way do networks and friends replace classical family structures?

Familia, the Latin origin of the word family, soberly translates to household. Instead of blood relationship and community of fate the term rather suggests a community based on voluntary commitment and with that captures the plurality of current family designs/concepts. Is family only a cause of free choice nowadays and no longer of genetic chance?


The exhibition presents works by Candice Breitz, Omer Fast, Simon Fujiwara, Badr el Hammami & Fadma Kaddouri, Nan Goldin, Verena Jaekel, Haejun Jo, Nina Katchadourian, Byung Chul Kim, Ragnar Kjartansson, Neozoon, Johannes Paul Raether, Gillian Wearing and Tobias Yves Zintel.


This is a cooperative project with the Kunstpalais Erlangen, where the exhibition is shown from  September 24 until November 27, 2016



Since 18 May 2014


Lois Weinberger – Mobiler Garten


Opening: Sunday, 18 May 2014, 12am


The “Mobile Garten” by Lois Weinberger is a project organized by the Villa Merkel, galleries of the City of Esslingen am Neckar. It is installed in front of the winter garden and continues there over a longer period.









In its savagery the garden presents a contrast to the cultivated Merkelpark in style of an English garden.

Lois Weinberger<br/>NOUS, 2004<br/>Freiraum Studio Spiegelfabrik Niederösterreich

Lois Weinberger<br/>Mobiler Garten, 2014<br/>Installationssansicht Merkelpark/Villa Merkel

Lois Weinberger<br/>Plastikeimer, Erde, Spontanvegetation