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14.11.2017 – 31.03.2019

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Almost Like in Real Life

Exhibition at Museum Ostwall


Dortmunder U, Museum Ostwall

Andreas Langfeld, o.T., 2016 (aus der Serie Status, 2013) | Gestaltung Labor b

Andreas Langfeld, o.T., 2016 (aus der Serie Status, 2013) | Gestaltung Labor b

‘Almost Like in Real Life’ is the title of the current exhibition at Museum Ostwall at Dortmunder U, which presents works from the museum collection ranging from the early twentieth century to the present day. What does an expressionistic landscape from the 1910s have to do with ‘real life’? More than what it seems at first sight…

The themes of the exhibition are closely linked to our everyday experiences. Why do we take trips to the countryside – and what exactly fascinates artists working with landscapes? In 1912 Alexey von Jawlensky painted mountains and valleys in bright colours; in 2009 Matthias Koch photographed the industrial landscape of the Phoenix-Ost colliery; August Macke depicted city dwellers in Sunday dress visiting the zoo; and Anna Blume smiles radiantly as she poses during a Sunday walk through a pine forest devastated by environmental pollution.
And you, how do you experience nature?

Art is a particular way to see the world. Conversely, our everyday life environment determines the way we see art. If you are among those who enjoy this encounter between art and life, you are likely to see your own environment with different eyes after visiting the exhibition.

Please explore the exhibition in your own way.
If you are looking for information, the audioguide and the exhibition labels are there to help. But maybe you would prefer to have a chat with the exhibition makers? On specific afternoons, come and meet the curator who conceived the exhibition and selected the works, talk to the head of the educational department who developed the visitor services offer, or get to know other members from the museum team in the specially devised mobile workplace within the exhibition (please check dates and times). For those who want to let their creative juices flow, the Action Points and a workspace in the exhibition as well as the Art and Fluxus Sets allow for a hands-on approach.

‘Art is what makes life more interesting than art’, said Robert Filliou. With this in mind, may this exhibition inspire all our visitors in their ‘real life’!

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