Sprengel Museum Hannover
May 17, to August, 19 2012

Alexandra Bircken
In the coming year the Sprengel Museum Hannover, the kestnergesellschaft and the Kunstverein Hannover will jointly present a large overview of the contemporary international art scene in Germany entitled MADE IN GERMANY ZWEI. Following nationwide studio visits, twenty of the artists invited so far were introduced.
From May to August 2012 the exhibition will show around forty groundbreaking positions of a younger generation of international artists living and working in Germany. It will establish connections between their works and investigate similarities, tendencies and artistic developments. With this exhibition the three Hanover institutions build on the success of “Made in Germany” in 2007.
For MADE IN GERMANY ZWEI the idea of the original show has been further developed by a joint team which will curate the exhibition across all three institutions, whose cooperation will therefore be closer than ever before.
Thematic emphases illustrate and relate today’s artistic concerns. Current tendencies, artistic approaches and forms of expression are examined and discussed in reference to Germany’s very international art world. Numerous participating artists are developing new works specially for MADE IN GERMANY ZWEI.
In “Made in Germany” in 2007 the three institutions introduced fifty-two artistic positions. By contrast to the globally oriented Documenta in Kassel, which took place at the same time, the presentation concentrated on the art scene in Germany. “Made in Germany” was a sweeping success and conveyed an impression of the active, high-quality and varied art scene in the country. It included several artists who were discovered internationally as a result of the exhibition, which had over 60,000 visitors and around 400 reviews.
The thematic emphases of the presentation will be further explored in an extensive programme of supporting events.
The curators of MADE IN GERMANY ZWEI are Susanne Figner, Martin Germann, Antonia Lotz, Kathrin Meyer, Carina Plath, Gabriele Sand, Kristin Schrader, Ute Stuffer and René Zechlin. The exhibition’s organisers are the directors Ulrich Krempel (Sprengel Museum Hannover), Veit Görner (kestnergesellschaft) and René Zechlin (Kunstverein Hannover).