Alice Peragine

In response to the current corona virus situation, Peragine sets up “Auto Body Repair” “in remote control”. The Kunsthalle team hangs several monitors behind a construction foil provisionally attached with kinesio tape. They show newly created videos in which the objects originally made for the opening performance interact with human agents. Fragments of bodies and technology are placed in mutual dependencies: How do they become similar? Where do they support each other? Where do they deny themselves? “Auto Body Repair [in remote control]” invites us to decelerate our thinking about our own entanglements in current dependencies, to trace their material, psychological and social consequences, but also to discover resources for (self-)care and emancipatory action.



An essential extension of this examination is a multimedia document that was created in cooperation with the graphic designer Lena Thomaka. It is intended as a digital reference space for the exhibition that wants to explore new forms of accessibility in times of “physical distancing”.

You can download it here:

Alice Peragine (*1986 in Munich) lives and works in Hamburg and is the 2020 prizewinner of the Villa Romana in Florence

curated by Benedikt Seerieder

The exhibition is supported by LBBW – Stiftung Landesbank Baden-Württemberg.

Free admission

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Martin Wühler

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Martin Wühler (*1982 in Erfurt, Germany) lives and works in Leipzig, Germany.

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23.01.2020 – 7 pm
Movie ight: Import Export

At the request of the artist, the Staatliche Kunsthalle is showing the feature film “Import Export” by Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl. Olga is employed as a nurse in the Ukraine, but is no longer paid. In Austria she tries her luck as a domestic helper and ends up in a geriatric clinic as a cleaner. The young Viennese Paul, on the other hand, loses his job as a security guard and has to settle his debts by setting up slot machines in the Ukraine with his stepfather.
With ruthless images Seidl creates an impressive social analysis marked by dark humanism – similar to the works of Boris Mikhailov, which inspired him.

Ulrich Seidl, Austria, 2007, 135 min, OmU, FSK 16

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Body. Gaze. Power.

The major special exhibition of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg Body. Gaze. Power. A Cultural History of the Bath, will focus on a global social practice as old as humanity itself. Although bathing has always been associated with rituals of cleanliness, links are revealed over the centuries that go far beyond issues of hygiene, health, or a sense of well-being. In fact, the bath as a location and the act of bathing were always ideologically, religiously, socially, and culturally charged, and still are today.

This show will present masterpieces of art from the past centuries and antiquity, including a version of the famous painting The Death of Marat from the studio of Jacques-Louis David, alongside current contemporary art from various geographic and cultural contexts, presenting them alongside a variety of historical exhibits and objects from everyday life. Bathing culture is thus revealed to be a reflection of the society in question, touching on issues such as the sacred and the profane, purity and uncleanliness, the beneficial and the harmful, public and private, nudity and clothing, the aristocratic and the plebeian, and power, class, and gender relations.

Body. Gaze. Power. A Cultural History of the Bath was developed in cooperation with Marseille’s Mucem and will be shown not only at Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, but at various locations in the spa town.

At Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden

The large-scale show presents not only objects from everyday life, like old shaving bowls, bath heaters, or hammam sandals, but also major artworks by artists such as Albrecht Dürer, David Hockney, Joseph Beuys, Nan Goldin, Paul Chan, Monira Al Qadiri, and Thomas Demand. Organized by theme and grouped spatially in separate sections, a wide-reaching web of relationships opens up. In so doing, political implications of the bath emerge, gender issues and visual relations, artistic rituals and variants of orientalism with its exoticizing notion of the foreign and the beautiful, usually in the form of the female nude body.

For example, paintings by Émile Bernard, Maurice Bouviolle or Jules Migonney will be presented against a wallpaper by Iranian artist Parastou Forouhar, on which countless eyes and veiled body outlines emerge from the curving calligraphic lines, thus revealing the supposedly exotic other.

Artists: Patrick Angus, Hans Sebald Beham, Bernadette Corporation, Émile Bernard, Joseph Beuys, Maurice Bouviolle, Louis Brion de la Tour, Giuseppe Cesari, Paul Chan, Jules Dalou, Atelier de Jacques-Louis David, Thomas Demand, Maurice Denis, Joseph-Eugène-Armand Duquesne, Abraham-Louis-Rodolphe Ducros, Albrecht Dürer, François Eisen, Martin Engelbrecht, Rainer Fetting, Ken Friedman, Parastou Forouhar, Friedrich Wilhelm Gmelin, Nan Goldin, Ion Grigorescu, Jean-Jacques Hauer, David Hockney, Charles François Hutin, Nicolas-René Jollain, Othman Khadraoui, Ute Klophaus, Katarzyna Kozyra, Nicolas II Larmessin, Charles-Alfred Leclerc, Leonard Koren, Suzanne Lacy, Zoe Leonard, Massias & Durin, Masamoto, Hieronimo Mercurali, Jules Migonney, Lee Miller & David E. Scherman, Onésimos, Yoko Ono, Benjamin Patterson, Edmond-Jean-Baptiste Paulin, Pablo Picasso, François II de Poilly, Monira Al Qadiri, Delphine Reist, Édouard Frédéric Richter, Amable Ravoisié, Mieko Shiomi, Chiharu Shiota, Tomotoshi, Gaston de La Touche, Ben Vautier, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, Friedrich Weinbrenner, Yasumasa

At Stadtmuseum

The exhibition at Baden-Baden’s Stadtmuseum will spotlight an installation by Bianca Kennedy, presented in the light-filled museum annex with its high ceilings. It consists of a spatially expansive wooden construction housing a basin filled with transparent plastic balls. The visitors are invited to sit in the bath of balls and to immerse themselves in an interactive space using virtual-reality glasses. This is as humorous as it is unsettling, familiar as well as uncanny, and moves the subject of the exhibition to a dream-like digital intermediate world. In the museum’s upper floor, the exhibition subject of bathing is explored in light of a theme that is usually associated with the summer, sun, and luxury: the swimming pool.

Artists: Slim Aarons, Gigi Cifali, Noel Hazzard, Bianca Kennedy, Alexa Karolinski & Ingo Niermann, Michal Martychowiec, Robert Montgomery

In other locations across the city

Complementing the main exhibition in Staatlichen Kunsthalle and at Stadtmuseum, parts of the exhibition Body, Gaze, Power: A Cultural History of the Bath will be shown at the renowned Brenner Park Hotel and Spa and in the impressive park on Lichtentaler Allee.

In addition, the exhibition will also use the baths of the spa city as a venue: from Bertholdbad to Friedrichsbad to the Roman bath ruins. Here in particular, it becomes clear that the utilization of the hot springs during the Roman Empire can be understood as a social technology that is still used today.

In the spectacular and now disused spaces of the Kneipp bathhouse in Friedrichsbad, the visitors can view a group show with works by contemporary artists that illuminate various and unusual aspects of the cultural history of the bath in the present.

Artists: Olga Balema, Kira Bunse, Samantha Bohatsch, Martin Bothe, Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel, Annelies Kamen, Bianca Kennedy, Inside Job (Ula Lucinska, Michał Knychaus), Annette Ruenzler, Mary-Audrey Ramirez

The exhibition is curated by Hendrik Bündge, Luisa Heese, Camille Faucourt and Florence Hudowicz, together with Carolin Potthast, Benedikt Seerieder and Lukas Töpfer.

Body. Gaze. Power. A Cultural History of the Bath is part of an extensive collaboration project BADEN of Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden with Mucem, Marseille, Stadtmuseum Baden-Baden, and Museum LA8. Based on an idea by Mucem.

A comprehensive catalogue will be published by Hatje Cantz to accompany the exhibition with numerous illustrations of the works exhibited.



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Förderpreis für Bildende Kunst 2019
Kunststiftung Rainer Wild

Opening and awards ceremony: Friday, 22 November 2019, 7 PM
Welcome speech and award ceremony: Luisa Heese, Annika Kouris
Introduction: Benedikt Seerieder

In his media installation, Lukas Rehm examines a gesture that he declares a sign of an emotionalized present: Gamers throw their controller into the screen  to act out frustrations. The display breaks, the game is over.

In society and politics, too, feelings of frustration and powerlessness are often encountered affectively. Instead of the calm striving for compromise and consensus, aggressive, destructive gestures are used, which only supposedly create new agency. In the exhibition, Lukas Rehm arranges damaged screens into an audiovisual composition that discusses the connection between powerlessness and emotion.


In 2015, the Heidelberger Kunststiftung Rainer Wild established a prize for young art in cooperation with the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden.

The prize is endowed with 5,000 euros and is awarded annually. It promotes outstanding achievements in the fields of painting, sculpture, video and photographic art. The prize is awarded alternately to students and graduates of one of the surrounding art colleges and art academies.
In 2019, students in the final phase of their studies and graduates (from 2018 and 2019) of the HfG Karlsruhe were invited to submit their designs for a work proposal, which will be realized within the framework of an exhibition in the studio room 45cbm of the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden.

This year’s prizewinner Lukas Rehm was selected by a jury consisting of representatives from museums, galleries, universities and cultural policy:

Hendrik Bündge (Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden)
Heinrich Dietz (Kunstverein Freiburg)
Sascha Fronczek (Graphic Designer, Karlsruhe)
Christina Lehnert (Kunsthalle Portikus, Frankfurt)
Imke Kannegießer (Kunstverein Reutlingen)
Dietrich Roeschmann (art-line magazine, Freiburg)

Previous prizewinners:
2018 Hanna-Maria Hammari, HfBK Städelschule Frankfurt
2017 Eva Gentner with Adrian Nagel, State AdBK Karlsruhe
2016 Stepanie Neuhaus, State AdBK Stuttgart
2015 Lotte Meret Effinger, HfG Karlsruhe

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