Opening: Friday, 7 April 2017
In the mid-1950s, the architectural style known as Brutalism emerged in the United Kingdom. It is characterized by exposed concrete walls and building materials such as metal and bricks. Today it is increasingly vanishing from the urban landscape, since these buildings, most of which are not protected as historical landmarks, are gradually being demolished.
At the same time, fan groups are forming, also in the Internet. They include, for example, the Facebook group The Brutalism Appreciation Society, whose 50,000+ members work to preserve the remains of urban architecture of the 1950s and 1960s. Inspired by the activities of this group, the exhibition The Brutalism Appreciation Society is showing 21 international artists who are engaging with the Brutalist architectural style of postwar modernism as well as a selection of contributions from the eponymous Facebook group.
The HMKV exhibition is being presented in parallel to Documenta in Kassel and Skulptur Projekte in Münster.
Good news: In February, HMKV has been nominated for the sixth time for the ADKV-ART COLOGNE Award for Art Associations (after 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2014)! We are celebrating this together with all the other 20 nominees and are looking forward to the award ceremony on 28 April 2017. Keep your fingers crossed ...
Please mark this in your calendars: From 7 October 2017 – 25 February 2018 the exhibition SOS Brutalism – Save the Concrete Monsters will take place in the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. SOS Brutalism is a project by DAM and Wüstenrot Stiftung. For the first time Brutalist architecture built between 1953 and 1979 will be presented in a global overview. The data base www.SOSBrutalism.org is supported by the online magazine BauNetz.
The Brutalism Appreciation Society
HMKV at the Dortmunder U
8 April - 24 September 2017
An exhibition with contributions by Bettina Allamoda (DE), Jordi Colomer (ES), Darco FBI (DE/FR), EVOL (DE), Darko Fritz (HR), Anne-Valérie Gasc (FR), Niklas Goldbach (DE), Freya Hattenberger & Peter Simon (DE/PL), Alekos Hofstetter (DE), Martin Kohout (CZ), Aglaia Konrad (AT/BE), Nicolas Moulin (FR), Reto Müller (CH), Andrea Pichl (DE), Heidi Specker (DE), Philip Topolovac (DE), Kay Walkowiak (AT), Ruben Woodin Dechamps & Oscar Hudson (UK), Tobias Zielony (DE)
Curated by Inke Arns
Admission 5 € / 2,50 € reduced
Funders and Partners
Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW
Main Funder of HMKV:
Dortmunder U - Zentrum für Kunst und Kreativität
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