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Until June 26, 2011 in Hannover, Germany
As a concept initially associated with biology,Â â€œgrowthâ€ suggests something natural.Â However, if one follows the concept of growth as a metaphor borrowed from biology, one additionally encounters a second side that usually negates the metaphorical use. Organic growth is consistently defined by a natural border; it knows a state of being fully grown and is determined by the cycle of growth and decay. Stagnation, transience and renewal are part of the â€œnatural,â€ but hardly find any metaphorical acceptance. Economic growth or technical development, for example, knows no boundary and no saturation.
The international exhibition project â€œOn the Metaphor of Growthâ€ brings together various strands of artistic dealings with different phenomena of growth to construct a tension field out of positive and negative connotations of growing, occasioning fundamental reflections. In the process, the artistsâ€™ designs â€” their reactions and answers to specific consequences of the idea of growth â€” form a matrix that enables the central position of the concept of growth in the social self-image to be experienced.
â€œOn the Metaphor of Growthâ€ is a cooperation between the Kunstverein Hannover, the Frankfurt Kunstverein and the Kunsthaus Baselland. Each of the three exhibitions place a different accent on artistic dealings with the concept of growth, demonstrating its present-day ambivalence in economic, biological and social contexts.
Artists: Michel Blazy, Peter Buggenhout, Armin Chodzinski, Dirk Fleischmann, Tue Greenfort, Karl Hans Janke, San Keller, Dan Peterman, Reynold Reynolds, Mika Rottenberg, Julika Rudelius, Gerda Steiner & JÃ¶rg Lenzlinger, Superflex, Rachel Sussman, Andreas Zybach.
Venue:Â Kunstverein Hannover, SophienstraÃŸe 2, 30159 Hannover, Germany.
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12.00-7.00pm, Sunday and on holidays 11.00amâ€“7.00pm.
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