In Situ? Über Kunst im öffentlichen Raum
Kunsthalle Nürnberg

The City as Exhibition

Buildings, green spaces, squares, and streets all serve as stages for public art. These works of art are invariably in situ—and usually firmly anchored to the foundations. But the idea of site-specificity has expanded in recent decades, as have the artistic practices themselves. Gentrification, climate change, economization, and traffic congestion are just a few of the challenges that are also transforming public art.

The exhibition In Situ? On Public Art at Kunsthalle Nürnberg takes the 50th anniversary of the Symposion Urbanum Nürnberg 1971 as its starting point and shows how close Nuremberg was to the pulse of the times even then. As one of the first events to bring international contemporary art into public space, the symposium elicited heated discussions and reactions, yet works by Hiromi Akiyama, Erich Hauser, Ansgar Nierhoff, Karl Prantl, or Hein Sinken still enrich the city today. In Situ? presents works by Joseph Beuys, Monica Bonvicini, Tony Cragg, Olaf Metzel, Nasan Tur, and others, in addition to the art in architecture projects.

The richly illustrated catalogue documents a multi-layered tour through urban space and the museum. With text contributions by Susann Scholl, Ellen Seifermann, and Daniel Ulrich.

The catalogue will be followed by a comprehensive reader (publication date: December 2022) for the specialist conference held as part of the Symposion Urbanum Nuremberg.

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