13 October 2018 - 10 February 2019
"VOLATILE DREAMS - Art of the World’s Fair"
Parallel at two venues – in the Kunstmuseum Ahlen and in the Marta Herford Museum, Germany – this exhibition is devoted to
the fascinating history of the Expo. In dialogue with contemporary artists, the “best expo in the world” places themes at
the centre which are just as controversial as they were over a hundred years ago. The first world fair opened in 1851 in the
legendary Crystal Palace in London’s Hyde Park. Since then it has developed to become a historic spectacle centring on national
achievements, visions and ideologies. The arts also always played an important role in these massive events which still take
place today in ever more extravagant form. Artists and their works appear equally as ambassadors and propagandists, as free-spirited
actors and instrumentalized representatives of their nations. With powerful imagery and in a dense atmosphere, this double
exhibition will resurrect five sample expos simultaneously with the Kunstmuseum Ahlen. Contemporary artists place the absorbing
themes in contemporary contexts and pose questions as to the function of art in society. With artistic contributions a.o.
by Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Tim Berresheim, Robert Breer, Le Corbusier, Salvador Dalí, Robert Delaunay, E.A.T. (Experiments
in Art and Technology), Angela Fette, Nikolaus Gansterer, Konsortium (Lars Breuer, Sebastian Freytag, Guido Münch), Hugo Kükelhaus,
Heinz Mack, Katja Novitskova, Otto Piene, Yvonne Roeb, Rob Voerman. Curated by Friederike Fast in cooperation with Thomas