02 June – 01 September 2019
GOOD SPACE — COMMUNITIES, OR THE PROMISE OF HAPPINESS
focuses on the formation of communities from perspectives of contemporary art. Social diversity arises, not in the shape of disconnected, mono-cultural islands, but instead through contact, through exchange, through cooperation. The cohesion of societies is characterised by a unifying element, whether this is shared values or concepts of identity, whether it consists of norms or of rules. But also inherent to mutual connection is always an aspect of delimitation and exclusion. The question as to what constitutes the sense of “we” is loaded with explosive power — also with regard to politics.
Participating in GOOD SPACE — COMMUNITIES, OR THE PROMISE OF HAPPINESS are internationally active artists namely Martha Atienza, Fatma Bucak, Melanie Gilligan, Mikhail Karikis, Mary Reid Kelley & Patrick Kelley, Frédéric Moser & Philippe Schwinger, Gabriela Oberkofler, Katrin Plavčak, Tabita Rezaire, Julika Rudelius, Lin May Saeed, Rob Voerman and Alberto Zamora Ruíz.
Curated by Andreas Baur, Julia Herrmann, Johannes Kaufmann and Anka Wenzel.
Admittance Fee: Euro 5,00; Reduced: Euro 3,00 /1,00
Family Card: Euro 8,00
Annual Ticket Villa Merkel: Euro 10,00
17 March – 5 May 2019
Frau A. S. trifft Volker Böhringer
aus der Graphischen Sammlung der Stadt
zu Gast: Fabian Treiber
Opening: Sunday, March 17th, 11 am
Frau A. S. trifft Volker Böhringer (Miss A. S. meets Volker Böhringer) presents works from the Graphic Collection of the City of Esslingen. Besides the anonymously named portrait of a woman by Emil Nolde, a large selection of works on paper, sketches and drafts by the Esslingen artist Volker Böhringer, who died in 1961, can be seen which for the most part never been exhibited before. One of them is a severe chest piece of a man, laid out as an ink brush drawing in crosshatching. In addition, drawings and paintings on paper by Max Pechstein, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, August Macke, Albrecht von Hancke, Otto Dix and Dorothea Schulz enrich the selection.
The young Stuttgart painter Fabian Treiber will have a guest appearance with works from two current series of paintings on paper. New acquisitions from the past year will also be shown, such as a video work by Annika Larsson, a charcoal drawing by the Cologne-based painter Andreas Schulze, and a digital 40-part herbarium by the Munichbased media artist Barbara Herold.
Based on this, Barbara Herold has developed
Belle – Aphrodite, an Augmented Reality project especially for the Villa Merkel and the Merkelpark, which offers the audience on their digital devices a colour noise that mergesthe real and the digital world and forms a virtual flower in the park and the atrium of Villa Merkel. The free app can be downloaded from the