The SCULPTURE Festival, which will take place as a series in the Georg Kolbe Museum / Berlin, focuses on an unusual artistic aspect: the inherent sculptural quality in the time-based arts of choreography and music.
SCULPTURE starts on September 5 with a sensational line-up. For the opening event Carolin Brandl (concept and curation choreography) and Hanno Leichtmann (curation music) have been able to win Sasha Waltz, the duo Institut für Feinmotorik, Robyn Schulkowsky, Kat Válastur, Grischa Lichtenberger and Scott Jennings.

The SCULPTURE Festival curatorially spans an arc between internationally renowned artists and very young positions, inviting sound artists and choreographers to re-interpret the concept of sculpture.

The key questions are:

What does a contemporary dance sculpture look like, what does a sound sculpture sound like?

The festival wants to convey an idea as to what extent the concept of sculpture has changed over time. In the experimental frame of the festival, choreographers meet sound artists. Their conceptual positions are juxtaposed and "exhibited" in parallel as "temporary sculptures". And just like in an exhibition, direct substantive and formal cross-references can be made between the various artistic statements. In this process, the independence of choreography and music is respected.

Historical lines are partially reflected in a new way. Moreover, new works are created exclusively for SCULPTURE, aiming to stimulate the current discourse in contemporary art. The festival series encompasses the exhibition of the Georg Kolbe Museum “Der Absolute Tanz”, which starts in January 2021  and will last for several months. Exhibition and festival are directly related to each other and will enter into a lively dialogue.  

The festival series opens with the following encounters: 

For the special occasion of the opening Sasha Waltz has designed a new choreographic work for 3 dancers entitled: „Skulptur 1".
“Skulptur1” meets the artistic position of the duo Institut für Feinmotorik, who work with 8 tuned-up record players. The artists were awarded the Karl Sczuka Prize for their radio play „Die 50 Skulpturen des Instituts für Feinmotorik“.

In her composition for the festival, the American percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky draws on Marcel Duchamp´s ”Sculpture Musicale”.
Choreographer Kat Válastur created, among others, “The marginal sculptures of Newtopia” as part of a research project initiated by Olafur Eliasson. Specifically for SCULPTURE and for the sculptor Georg Kolbe´s former workshop she has developed a space-filling work, where she explores inner and outer perception of temporality - between movement and stillness.

The electronic musician Grischa Lichtenberger has designed a work, inspired by the sparse sounds of the compositions of early "Ausdruckstanz", using sounding objects - together with the choreographer and dancer Scott Jennings, a long-time member of the Pina Bausch Company.
The opening event on September 5, 2020 wants to bring together different audiences interested in choreography, sound and visual arts. The large sculpture garden of the Kolbe Museum is an ideal space for this event. And it invites the audience to enjoy a summer party afterwards, which those who were unable to get any of the limited tickets, can also join - free of charge. 

The place

The content orientation of the Georg Kolbe Museum as a former sculptor's studio from the 1920s makes it the ideal venue for sculpture. The festival will find a resonant space for the productions in the clear, Bauhaus-style architecture of the museum.  Georg Kolbe described himself as an enthusiastic supporter of the art of dance. Fascinated by the body in moving concentration, dancers were his ideal models, e.g., he worked with Vaclav Nijinsky, Charlotte Bara and Gret Palucca.

From the large windows of the historic workshop you have a view of the park with numerous bronze sculptures by Georg Kolbe, among them the well-known “Tänzerinnenbrunnen” (dancers´ fountain) in the garden.

The festival, which was supposed to open at the beginning of the Corona period in spring, is now taking place in a more exclusive setting with fewer spectators. However, there will be a comprehensive catalogue with pictures and texts covering the festival and the exhibition. Detailed online documentation of the project will also be provided after the event. 

For the visitors´ and the staff´s protection comprehensive protective measures are taken according to the currently valid hygiene and protection standards of Land Berlin.

Preparations for the continuation of the SCULPTURE series are well underway. The next events are planned for January and May 2021. More detailed information will, of course, get to you in due time. 

Carolin Brandl: concept and curation / choreography
Hanno Leichtmann: sound and music:  

Funded by the open funding of the Berlin Senate.

The exhibition, “The Absolute Dance. Dancers of the Weimar Republic.” in the Georg Kolbe Museum will be shown in the Georg Kolbe Museum from January 22 to May 24, 2021

Georg Kolbe Museum
Sensburger Allee 25
14055 Berlin