In between days – Good Vibes

(Re)Introducing new series of events: Friday Lunches and Sunday Tours 

Every Friday, each member of the team takes an artwork of their choice and speaks about it at the Kunsthalle. But before that, a gathering around food at the Kunsthalle Cafe! Event starts here at 1pm with a meal everyone can purchase. Entry to the exhibition is free.

Picks from “Auditions for an Unwritten Opera” and “SYNCH05: Recording_1989 by Marysia Lewandowska”:


Sunday, September 24, 2 pm

Sunday Tour in German language

With Dr. Lisa Steib


Friday, October 6, 1 pm

Felix Gonzalez Torres: “Untitled” (Portrait of the Magoons), 1993

Pick by María Inés Plaza Lazo

In relation to the tradition of portraiture in art history, Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s portrait works create fragile, passionate, vivid, transformative and reflective relationships between the individual person, and the time we live in, we share; especially the zeitgeist. This is the only body of work in his oeuvre that is collaborative. And while the initial versions of portrait works were made with Gonzalez-Torres’s engagement, these works have the capacity to continue to change over time.  “Untitled” (Portrait of the Magoons) from 1993 is composed of the short textual entries and dates directly applied on the wall in horizontal lines and at the height of the ornamental frames, which defines the exhibition space as the heritage building.

Sunday, October 8, 2 pm

Sunday Tour in English and German language

With Misal Adnan Yıldız & María Inés Plaza Lazo

closing days – Blue Skies

Friday, October 6, 2-4 pm

The Last Question: Performance von Pedro Gómez-Egaña

Friday, October 6, 6 pm

Afiaf left – Afiaf right: Performance by Léuli Eshrāghi  

As a co-commission by Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden Baden, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tallawoladah/Sydney, the Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, nipaluna/Hobart, and Aupuni Space, Honolulu, Léuli Eshrāghi presents their new dual channel video work, afiafi. As the fourth work in Eshrāghi’s ongoing series Siapo viliata o le atumotu (2020–), afiafi is titled by the Samoan word which means day, afternoon, evening, and fire in Sāmoan, symbolizing life cycles, pleasure, and renewal. Social interactions with queer Indigenous kin are central to the work. The double channel video narrates Eshrāghi and their collaborators in ceremonial settings with blessings, celebrations, and other connections with their roots and as a real-time activation, it regenerates various rituals of Indigenous storytelling with present pictures.

Friday, October 6, 7 pm

In REMEMBRANCE: Performance by Delia Gonzalez

In Remembrance (2013) Delia Gonzalez is a 16mm ballet dance film, accompanied by the music composed by the artist herself. In her words, “The film is meant to re-create the fleeting sensation of inspiration – that sacred feeling when suddenly your mind clears and you know exactly what you’re meant to create and become.” The original piano score was initially inspired by a text by Henry Miller as well as a theory by spiritual teacher George Gurdjieff, which states that “to play scales is to become more in tune with your inner self.” This conceptually coincides with the music that Delia Gonzales made at that time. On this day, two dancers from the Teatro San Carlo in Naples will perform.

Friday, October 6, 8 pm

What does distance, death, grief, legacy and heritage do with us?

A conversation between the artists Léuli Eshrāghi and Delia Gonzalez.

In English language

Saturday, October 7

  • 2-4 pm The Last Question: Performance von Pedro Gómez-Egaña
  • 6 pm What do we do with distance, death, grief, legacy, and heritage? A conversation between Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and Alina Serban.
  • 7 pm In REMEMBRANCE: Performance by Delia Gonzalez
  • 8 pm Mistakes Made: Performance by Hanne Lippard

Sunday, October 8, 5 pm

Screening at MOVIAC: I GOT UP by Jeff Wall Productions (Pierre Bal-Blanc)

Followed by Goodbye drinks to share, in gratitude for this homage to Mutlu Çerkez.


Opening days – High Tides

Friday, July 14

The opening program starts on Friday morning at 11 am with blessings and Spectral Arrows, a durational noise-guitar improvisation by Marco Fusinato, who kept a close friendship, manifested several works, and lived his youth with Mutlu Çerkez. It will lead to an opening speech by another close collaborator and friend of Çerkez, Callum Morton, followed by statements from the Kunsthalle team, and participating artists, later evolving into celebrations with sharing food, memories, music, and dance.


11am – 6pm – Spectral Arrows, durational performance by Marco Fusinato


7 pm – Opening speech, Callum Morton (in English)  

7.15 pm – Who’s Mutlu? Misal Adnan Yıldız, opening remarks (engl.), director and curator of the exhibition with the Kunsthalle team, followed by welcoming in German by Çağla İlk, director


8 pm – The Last Question, performance by Pedro Gómez-Egaña (further appearances during visiting hours on the opening weekend)


from 10.30 pm – DJ set by selectress

Saturday, July 15

12 am – Brunch & artist talks 

6 pm – Performances by Antonia Baehr & Jule Flierl  

Sunday, July 16

2 pm – Curatorial tour, Misal Adnan Yıldız, director and curator of the exhibition (engl.)

Friday, July 21

5 pm – I GOT UP / Jeff Wall Production, film screening and lecture by Pierre Bal Blanc. In English, at Moviac Baden-Baden

On Friday, July 21 at 5 pm, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden invites you to Moviac!

We are delighted to host, as part of the program for Auditions for An Unwritten Opera. Around the Works of Mutlu Çerkez to welcome artist and curator Pierre Bal Blanc for a screening of his one-hour film I GOT UP AT 8.59 AM OCT.19 1968 followed by a lecture (in English).

For his work “I GOT UP”, On Kawara sent postcards to two colleagues or friends every day between 1968 and 1979. On these postcards were the addresses of the sender and the recipient and the exact time he got up that day.

The story of Pierre Bal Blanc’s film is based on this idea of On Kawara. In the film, the actor Thomas Ducasse wakes up at 8:59 a.m. on October 19, 2021, in the presence of an invited audience in Paris.

However, the date of October 19 is not only meant to commemorate On Kawara’s work, but also the morning of October 19, 1961. The French daily press reported on the events of October 17, 1961. On October 17, 1961, French authorities imposed a curfew on Algerian migrants in Paris after they demonstrated. The demonstration was violently suppressed by the police and resulted in a massacre that is still censored by the authorities today.

Pierre Bal-Blanc is an independent curator and essayist based in Athens and Paris. His last projects are “I GOT UP” at gb agency Paris and at Hotwheels Athens, 2021 with among others On Kawara, Georgia Sagri, Delia Gonzalez, Serapis Maritime and Sophie Calle.

Jeff Wall Production is the production label initiated by Pierre Bal-Blanc, which takes the title of his first project dedicated to the artist with the same name in 1988. The subject of this seminal project has since become the trademark of the following projects.

See you on July 21 at 5pm at the Moviac cinema, Sophienstraße 22 in Baden-Baden!

Friday, August 11, 1 pm

Mutlu Çerkez: Confide in me, 1994

Pick by Misal Adnan Yildiz

1 minute 42 seconds long Confide in me (1994) by Mutlu Çerkez has an archival value: It was originally broadcast on TV in January 1995; as a one-take a shot, it captures a man’s torso (the artist’s torso) who is playing an acoustic rendition of Kylie Minogue’s popular song “Confide in me” on the guitar with no vocals.

Sunday, August 13, 2 pm

Sunday tour in German language

With Dr. Lisa Steib

Friday, August 18, 1 pm

Hanne Lippard: Mistakes Made, 2016

Pick by Christina Lehnert

Berlin-based poet and artist Hanne Lippard is dedicated to the linguistic spaces we share, and to the perception, reception, and transformation of language. Her earlier work Mistakes Made comes back today within this exhibition with a German translation and also with a necessity of poetry and confessional writing in our common spaces of intimacy, dialogue, consensus and negotiation.

Sunday, August 20, 2 pm

Sunday Tour in English language

With Misal Adnan Yildiz

Friday, August 25, 1 pm

Jesse Darling: Reliquary (for and after Felix Gonzalez-Torres, in loving memory), 2016

Pick by Dmitry Ryabkov

Jesse Darling continually explores the limits, transitions and also transformation of bodies through complex relationships between human beings, institutional settings and organic forms. Being a free individual is the subject to many works Darling conceptualised. For this exhibition, the artist presents a pair of transparent vitrines filled with remains of works by American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres that were recovered from various exhibitions.

Sunday, August 27, 2 pm

Sunday Tour in Russian language

With Dmitry Ryabkov

Friday, September 1, 1 pm

Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt: Wellen Natur, late 1970s

Pick by Johanna Sentef

Wolf-Rehfeldt’s geometric, typographic and poetic forms come from typewriter graphics or “typewritings” as she calls them referring to a specific period, especially the Cold War era between the 1970s and 1990. The series selected for this show brings everyday poetry, political vocabulary, environmental questions and issues with human values and women rights.

Sunday, September 3, 2 pm

Sunday tour in German language

With Johanna Sentef

Friday, September 8, 1 pm

Marysia Lewandowska: Recording_1989, 2023

Pick by Dominik Busch

Read more about the project.


Saturday, September 9, open until 9 pm
Sunday, September 10

During these days, the Kunsthalle presents books and editions from its “ephemeral collection”.

Sunday Tours Special: in German, English and Russian language

  • 12 am
  • 2 pm
  • 4 pm

With Misal Adnan Yıldız, Dr. Lisa Steib, Dmitry Ryabkov

Friday, September 15, 1 pm

Pedro Gómez-Egaña: The Last Question, 2023
Pick by Dr. Lisa Steib

The title for Pedro Gómez-Egaña comes from a short story by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, The Last Question. At the center of a dark room lit by a candle with a soft light a metal structure with wooden boxes stands up, like a mysterious puzzle. These forms can be opened and closed, allowing the sound from the small speakers inside to be modulated. The artist operates the doors of the boxes, changing the volume and resonance of tones and looped instrumental phrases.

Sunday, September 17, 2 pm

Sunday Tour in Russian language

With Dmitry Ryabkov

Friday, September 22, 1 pm

Egemen Demirci: Spectator in White, 2012/2023

Pick by Erdal Taşar

Egemen Demirci, who worked with the Kunsthalle Baden-Baden for two years as “Hauskünstler” (artist at work), a temporary position to engage artists with paid hours into the institutional framework, revisits his work from 2012, Spectator in White. In the video work, spectators go through imaginary artworks recalled from memory, invisible to the viewer of the video. The remake of the existing work in 2023 within the neoclassical architecture of the Kunsthalle as a state-run art institution, in a heritage building and in the city of Festspiele, Kurhaus, Friedrichsbad, an others, establishes a potent relationship with Çerkez’s Unwritten Opera, maybe even as the missing libretto.


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