Sebastian Dannenberg

It’s all about the river. Vol 1


Photo: Sebastian Dannenberg

Photo: Sebastian Dannenberg

Foto: Sebastian Dannenberg

Sebastian Dannenberg was awarded the 39th Bremen Förderpreis für Bildende Kunst by the senator of culture in 2015. Part of the award is a solo exhibition that the artist will develop as a three-part project in cooperation with Künstlerhaus Bremen and Städtische Galerie Bremen in this year.

Under the title It’s all about the river, Sebastian Dannenberg artistically connects the institutions along the Kleine Weser. The opening is an intervention in the gallery of Künstlerhaus Bremen. Sebastian Dannenberg uses the architecture of the space as a basis for change that he inscribes into the space in order to make its particularities seen. His artistic interventions are often characterized by simple, yet precise sculptural arrangements, that are derived from painting techniques and questions and thereby understands the specific location as a predetermined yet open basis.

In the case of the project It’s all about the river this understanding of space is expanded and transferred to the public space through the temporary and performative action. After the end of the exhibition in the Künstlerhaus, Dannenberg will draw a line within a day on a movable base along the bank of the Kleine Weser up to the Städtische Galerie Bremen. When he arrives there, he will transfer the artistic considerations of the project to the specific architecture of the space in the gallery. He is particularly interested in the intermediate spaces, the gaps, the question of functionality, the paths and connections in the space that are formed in the three differently characterized locations of the cultural institutions of the city. The project proves itself to be a resistant art intervention: on the one hand in a metaphoric sense, as the project deals with two institutions and their specific connection to each other, and on the other, in a very literal sense as the artist moves upstream through public space. Thus he leaves a trail that runs from the Künstlerhaus to the Städtische Galerie Bremen.

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