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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.