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      AMBITUS. Art and music today

September 8, 2018 to January 6, 2019

Exhibition opening: September 8, 6:00 pm


In the course of the past decades the coexistence of the visual arts and music on an equal footing has resulted in a large number of artists whose work cannot be clearly allocated to only one of the two disciplines. Kunstmuseum Magdeburg presents these different themes concerning art and music by way of numerous examples from the fields of sculpture, installation and video in a major survey exhibition.

The title Ambitus means in music the vocal range of a voice or an instrument and stands for the range or the distance between the highest and the lowest note. In the exhibition AMBITUS. Art and music today. the range shows the diversity and variety of the participative artists and works of art.



Candice Breitz, Working Class Hero (A Portrait of John Lennon), 2006, Courtesy the artist and Goodman Gallery, Kaufmann Repetto + KOW Berlin, Photo: Hans-Wulf Kunze



Various artists will be involved in the exhibition, e.g.:


Werner Amann (D, * 1969 in Kösching), Cory Arcangel (USA, * 1978, Buffalo NY), Eberhard Blum (D, * 1940 in Stettin; † 2013 in Berlin) , Candice Breitz (ZA, * 1972 in Johannesburg), Robbie Cornelissen (NL, * 1954 in Utrecht) und Kees Went (NL, * 1951), William Engelen (NL, * 1964 in Weert), Jonas Englert (D, * 1989 in Friedberg), Brian Eno (GB, *1948 in Woodbridge, Suffolk), Douglas Henderson (USA, * 1960 in Baltimore) und David Henderson (USA), Annika Kahrs (D, * 1984 in Achim), Rainer Kohlberger (AT, * in Linz), Christina Kubisch (D, * 1948 in Bremen), Kaffe Matthews (GB, * in Good Easter in Essex, England), Bjørn Melhus (D, NO, * 1966 in Kirchheim unter Teck), Michaela Melián (D, * 1956 in München), Robin Minard (CA, * 1954 in Montreal, Canada), Haroon Mirza (GB, * 1977 in London), People Like Us (Vicki Bennett) (GB, * 1967 in London), Ute Pleuger (D, * 1956 in Neuwied), Anri Sala (AL, * 1974 in Tirana), Marc Sabat (CA, * 1956) und Mareike Yin-Yee Lee (CA, * in Toronto), Yehudit Sasportas (IL, * 1969 in Aschdod), Per Olaf Schmidt (D) und Sebastian Neubauer (D), Richard T. Walker (GB, * 1977) u.a.




Douglas Henderson und David Henderson, The Sea is a Big Green Lens, 2014, Photo: Hans-Wulf Kunze


Curators of the exhibition: Dr. Annegret Laabs, Uwe Gellner, Sandra Naumann und Stephanie Milling


The interaction and co-operation of varous musicak and stylistic tendencies of contemporary art will hence be the focus of the exhibition, of the concerts in the Haus der Musik (Gesellschaftshaus) venue in the Kloster-Berge-Garten and of the Water Walk in the public space aling the Elbe on September 8.






Foto: Kunstmuseum Magdeburg

     Kaffe Matthews "On golden hares": Sonic Bikes

For over 10 years, sound artist Kaffe Matthews has been making and developing compositions on special bikes that are musical instruments - or instruments that are bikes. With GPS and a mounted speaker system, riders can explore the city. Developed with the Bicrophonic Research Institute, Kaffe's Sonic Bikes have run on the streets of Berlin, London, Brussels, Houston, Hailuoto, Porto, Ghent, Dublin,  den Haag, - now Magdeburg and Zagreb next year.


Five sonic bikes have been made here in cooperation with the Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen for the upcoming exhibition "AMBITUS. Art and music today" which will be opened on September 8. Visitors can borrow them (they are included in the entrance fee) and experience the city in a new way by following the 30 min composition which changes depending on where you ride.


Over a month, Kaffe has been exploring and recording the organ of Magdeburg's Walloner chuch whilst also absorbing the architecture and history of the city to make 'On golden hares' a new way to play and listen to organ music, but also a new approach to the everyday experience of the city. 






Maix Mayer: Alphaville - MD, 2011, Video, Standbild

     Maix Mayer. Alphaville - MD

June 6 to July 29, 2018


Video: Alphaville - MD / HD / 28 min 49 sec / 2011



For several years, Maix Mayer has searched for the future of our past. He dedicates his work to utopias and models of old, which were supposed to open the door towards the so-called new time of "modern" age, exactly that time that meanwhile has become certainty because it is our present. Where did we arrive, and which expectations did come true, these are the questions he is asking.


The title "Alphaville - MD" refers to Jean-Luc Godard's classic movie "Lemmy Caution against Alpha 60" (also known as "Alphaville"). Godard intelligently mixed motives of Science Fiction and of Film Noir. Set in Paris of 1965, the movie makes the point that future is often already conceivable in the present.


For Maix Mayer, the city of Magdeburg and its surroundings are the setting for his urban cinematic field research. In the film, real architectural places act as protagonists and become setting and projection surface at the same time. Pivotal to the film is the "Hyparschale" building, which was constructed in 1969 by Ulrich Müther in the Rotehornpark in Magdeburg. It is empty since the 1990s and in danger of decay.


For other projects, Maix Mayer has worked in cities like Tokyo, Brasília, London, Montreal and Dresden, as well as in small towns like Kühlungsborn and Altenburg.

The catalogue of "Maix Mayer. Alphaville - MD" is available in the museum store.






March 25  -  June 3, 2018 | extended until June 17, 2018

    Mario Lobedan: Allegro. Painting and Drawing

  Mario Lobedan, ohne Titel, 2015 / ohne Titel, 2017, Foto (2): Hans-Wulf Kunze


Mario Lobedan (*1961) has been living in Magdeburg since 2002. Having finished his studies in Leipzig, he continuously developed his painting over the last years. He disengaged himself from impressionist sentiments and turned to colours expressively occupying the pictorial space. Today, the painter is willing to audaciously alter the “Mentalgestik” (mental gesture), the emotional expressivity that is the foundation of his paintings. Applied with fluid gestures, an abundance of intuitively layered movements and colours cuts across the surface. At times, it invokes analogies to landscapes, however, the paintings neither show particular places nor any representational commitments. They rather remain in a state of floating latency and keep the freedom of antithetic situations. It is not unusual for his paintings to go through stages of formation and destruction, letting light and dark, colour and space react without embracing each other harmoniously. Such polarities not only make Lobedan’s painting novel, they also allow for an interpretation as a reverberation of our times. The leap in his evolution in recent years, in his paintings and drawings alike, has long been calling for a public presentation with which the Magdeburg Art Museum acknowledges the painter.








© Kinderfotos: René Arnold / Layout: Sisters of Design, Halle


April 22 - June 3, 2018



Art and Design – for children and everyone else

An exhibition by the Saxony-Anhalt Arts Foundation, in cooperation with the Museum of Art Magdeburg


The exhibition opening takes place on April 22, 3:00 pm - including a colourful programme for children


Diving into mysterious worlds, travelling through time, driving special spushbikes, making rucksacks dance, eliciting sounds from colours, just playing on a seesaw, browsing through books, feeling and reading them, watching movies - all this and even more in one exhibition? That sounds more than fantastic, it is FANTITASTIC.

The Saxony-Anhalt Arts Foundation invited current and former art and design scholarship holders whose work revolves around child-related subjects. In collaboration with guests they present an exhibition in which (nearly) everything can be touched and tried out.

During the course of the exhibition several artists will hold workshops. The education department will offer activities for groups and classes.


The exhibition is especially designated for children aged from 5 to 12 years.

                   If you are interested in visiting this exhibition with your group or class, you can already register. Please contact the museum education: 0049 391 5650 217 or kunstvermittlung@kunstmuseum-magdeburg.de






24.10.2017 - 8.4.2018
Works with Sound 1984-2017



left: Robin Minard, Rosace, 2017, right: Robin Minard, Brunnen, 1994/96_2017, Fountain, 
Foto (2): Hans-Wulf Kunze

The Canadian composer and sound artist Robin Minard (*1953 in Montréal, Kanada, lives in Weimar) left the protected concert hall in the end of the 1980s to argue with the real sound space of the urbane world and to search the sound-ecological balance that, thus his intention exists till this day, in our everyday world.

More than 30 years later an extensive, internationally important oeuvre has originated. In him visual and acoustic perception associates themselves. Besides, the architectural rooms in which he realizes his works have turned out ideal field for the test of both principles. Nevertheless, the sound installations of the Canadian artist are not there to fill acoustically these rooms as it happens during a music event. Robin Minard explores rather the places to draw the attention to other specific features.
Besides, the experience of the hearing is not limited by the time. Who approaches the installations, can return, differently than with concerts which are engaged to temporal default.
For the visitors this means that they preserve her autonomy and receive action clearances to the creation of own sensuous experience.
The exhibition in the art museum of Magdeburg should bring together for the first time the most important installations results since 1984 and ideas of the artist which were realized worldwide at a place. After 1996 it is the second exhibition Robin Minards in Magdeburg. How at that time, his work shall not be heard (only) at the usual places.




26.11.2017 - 18.3.2018

LAWRENCE CARROLL | As the Noise Falls Away 

Foto: Hans-Wulf Kunze


There are only few artists and even less painters who act out of observing the inconspicuous as the painter Lawrence Carroll does. His art comes of a sequence of highly sensitive processes, in which one´s own perception, the creating hand, the selected material and the place for the presentation are brought into harmony and tied aesthetically. In this process the personal search for traces segues into leaving his own marks that are to be understood as a condensation of his thoughts and formative acts.

Lawrence Carroll (born 1954 in Melbourne, lives in US and Italy) leaves the loud noises or fast conciseness to other artists and sets his precision of silence against it. In this atmosphere of soft tones it emerges a highly multifaceted tempered and certainly also playful and venturesome work.

In the rooms of the art museum these characteristics find their architectural equivalent. The object-like character of his paintings, which results from the consequence of keeping his painting away from all illusionism, has strengthened him to take into account their importance in space. His art inserts itself into those relations and creates constellations like measure and space, light and shadow, colour and object or like the emptiness that the past leaves behind as well as the present. In the exhibition those constellations are components, which are intensified by the location and its unique architecture.

The exhibition visualizes essential lines of this work during the last years. As an installative exhibition it allows a broad perspective onto the work of this worldwide recognized painter. His works are exhibited in several international public collections including the Guggenheim in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Documenta IX, 1992, the Guggenheim Museum New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Venice Biennal 2013).






16.11.2017 - 11.3.2018 


PhillipToledano, Tiana, from the series "A New Kind of Beauty", 2008-2010 


In his pictures, Phillip Toledano (*1969 in London, lives in New York), deals with both everyday situations and spectacular and extraordinary topics.

The way he works thus is different each time - documentarily he explores social issues, he looks archaeologically at his own past and arranges fictitious future scenarios.

Before that Toledano was working in the advertising industry for several years. Only in the late 1990s he started to realise his own artistic projects, which are influences until today by the aesthetics of commercial photography. 

Days With My Father (2006-2009) is one of the most personal works of Toledano. After the death of his mother he began to care for his father who suffered from dementia and captured his everyday life with him photographically. The result were pictures that show sad and melancholic but also happy and bizarre moments. For A New Kind of Beauty (2008-2010) he took pictures of people, who got several plastic surgeries and thus changed their appearance completely. Dramatically illuminated in front of a black background the portrayed people appear artificial and almost sculptural and thus they become works of art themselves.

Toledano always adapts his picture language to the focused topic. And so particularly taking advantage of the possibilities of the medium makes the pictures so striking.