Ksenia Bashmakova, Katharina Bayer, Minhye Chu, Christoph Gnädig, Till Hunger, Sijo Choi Kim, Haiguang Li, Franziska Koppmann, Theresa Münnich, Valério de Araújo Silva, Ingmar Stange, Yara Saleh, Adrian Q. Vardi, Iris Vermeulen, Amel AlzakoutVenue:
Gewandhaus zu Leipzig
A cooperation between the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig and the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, class expanded cinema by Clemens von Wedemeyer and Mareike Bernien, initiated by the music education department of the Gewandhaus Orchestra
It all started with an idea: in the 2021/22 season at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, an artistic plus was to be added to selected chamber music as part of IMPULS, the Gewandhaus's music education program. With the aim of an interdisciplinary exchange, in conscious dialogue with other arts and in search of new ways of encountering Shostakovich's impressive string quartets, the idea arose to bring together two renowned artistic institutions of the city of Leipzig in the context of an exhibition for concert. Students of the Leipzig Academy of Fine Arts from the class "expanded cinema" of Clemens von Wedemeyer and Mareike Bernien have developed cross-media and site-specific interventions. The exhibition "DSCH" will be on view in two foyers and other locations parallel to the performances of the complete cycle of string quartets in the chamber music hall.
Over the past semester, the artists have been exploring Shostakovich's life and work, which in his time was particularly influenced by the social and political divide between formalism and socialist realism. The exhibition thus understands Shostakovich as an echo of his time and his music as a social structure. A contrapuntal approach is transferred into the space, creating a polyphonic commentary that re-locates Shostakovich's music and relates it to other biographical spaces, especially those of the artists involved - transforming it to be effective today.
The more than 15 artistic works - ranging from objects and photography to video installations and performance - will accompany both concert weeks in February and May 2022, and each will be restaged.
Further works by the expanded cinema class can be seen in parallel at the HGB Rundgang from February 10-13, 2022.
The entrance is free. You need a ticket for following concerts.
House opening/opening hours for visitors as part of the chamber music performances in the Mendelssohnsaal:
Opening hours durign HGB Rundgang:
The artists will be present at times and will be available for questions.