06 February – 26 April 2009

MATTI BRAUN. KOLA

Matti Braun, ohne Titel (Porzellanvase), 1994
The Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein is presenting the first extensive museum exhibition of works by the Cologne based artist Matti Braun. His works enable the viewer to become immersed in atmospheric spaces characterised by an eminently clear and precise aesthetic.

With the exhibition title Kola, Matti Braun (*1968) takes us into the Arctic tundra, to the northern shores of the White Sea. On Russia’s Kola peninsula, near the Norwegian and Finnish borders, unique rock formations have remained virtually unchanged for more than two and a half thousand million years. in 1970, the peninsula was therefore chosen as the site for the so-called Kola Superdeep Borehole. By 1994, it had been drilled to a depth of more than 12,000 metres, making it the deepest borehole in the world. At the same time, Kola is threatened by the environmental impact of radioactive waste, both from civilian power plants and from the spent fuel rods of Soviet nuclear submarines.

Both the motif and the title that introduce the exhibition sum up, in a nutshell, Matti Braun’s artistic approach and his profound interest in atmospheric relationships. Each object, each material used points beyond itself, catching the attention of the viewer and enticing it into a web that is rich in associative imaginative spaces.

In his research, Matti Braun includes historical, cultural, geographical, and biographical contexts. Facts, memories, images, and forms are woven into a complex mesh while at the same time allowing his work to be permeable. Braun is particularly interested in the paths taken by cultural exchange; he therefore interweaves heterogeneous historical and personal truths, opens and shifts standpoints, intermingles internal and external realities.

This exhibition is the first to provide insight into the development of his work to date and to outline the range of his multifaceted explorations. On show will be samples from all his work groups, ranging from smaller objects with a partly folkloric or ethnological aura, to extensive room installations, such as S.R., R.T., Ghor or Lota. The exhibition also contains conceptually related works taken from the collection of the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein.

The exhibition was conceived by the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein and curated by Christiane Meyer-Stoll.

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Matti Braun, R.T. / S.R. / V.S. (Exhibition view, Liechtenstein, 2009)
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Matti Braun, Özurfa (Exhibition view, Liechtenstein, 2009)
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Matti Braun, Kola, 2008
Opening
 Thursday, 5 February 2009, 18 h  
Guided tour
 Thursday, 19 February 2009, 18 h with Christiane Meyer-Stoll, curator 
 Sunday, 1 March 2009, 11 h with Sandra Frimmel 
 Thursday, 2 April 2009, 18 h with Christina Jacoby 
 Thursday, 23 April 2009, 18 h with Christiane Meyer-Stoll, curator 
Supporting events:
 Sunday, 8 February 2009, 11 h   Reading

Rabindranath Tagore   

Reading and speach with Martin Kämpchen, specialist in German studies, translator of texts by Rabindranath Tagore

 Thursday, 12 February 2009, 18 h   Film

Charulata (The Lonely Wife)   

by Satyajit Ray, India 1966, 114’ (English subtitles)

 Tuesday, 17 February 2009, 17 – 19 h   Schools and Museum

Introduction for teachers   

"Matti Braun. Kola"
with Christina Jacoby

 Wednesday, 18 February 2009, 15 – 17 h   Schools and Museum

Introduction for teachers   

"Matti Braun. Kola"
with Christina Jacoby

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 Thursday, 26 February 2009, 12:30 – 13 h   Take Away

Take Away to "Matti Braun. Kola"   

short guided tour during the lunch break

 Thursday, 26 February 2009, 18 h   Speech

Vikram Sarabhai   

Speach by the artist Matti Braun

 Sunday, 15 March 2009, 14 – 16 h   Families

Family Sunday   

for children aged between 5 and 10 years and their (grand)parents, with Tonia Weibel

 Thursday, 19 March 2009, 18 h   Film

The film "Yol" and the story of the producer   

with Donat Keusch (Zürich), producer (at the TaKino in Schaan)

 Thursday, 26 March 2009, 18 h   In cooperation with the Art Society

Léopold S. Senghor: Stories between Germany, France and Senegal   

Speech by Jakob Vogel, professor for European history and European colonialism, University of Cologne

 Sunday, 26 April 2009, 14 – 16 h   Families

Family Sunday   

for children aged between 5 and 10 years and their (grand)parents, with Tonia Weibel