Marcel Odenbach

In 2021 the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst awarded the Wolfgang Hahn Prize to Marcel Odenbach. The present publication honors the award-winner (b. 1953 in Cologne), who creates works that -experimental in form and theoretically founded in content- expose historical connections between colonialism and globalization and make the violence of the normative and representation tangible.


A Guided Walkthrough of jHΩ1:)

with artist Jacqueline Humphries and guest curator Mark Godfrey

Jacqueline Humphries: jHΩ1:)
Sept 18, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022
wexner centre of the arts

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Odenbach: Ausstellungsführung mit den Kuratorinnen

Führung mit Doris Krystof durch die Ausstellung so oder so in der Kunstsammlung NRW K21

Dienstag, 9.11., 16.30 – 17.30 Uhr
Sonntag, 12.12., 12 – 13 Uhr
Sonntag, 9.1., 12 – 13 Uhr

Anmeldung erforderlich.


Gold Custody by Barbara Bloom and Ben Lerner

Barbara Bloom and Ben Lerner share a fascination with intricate dramas of framing and reframing: what happens to an image or a phrase when it is re-encountered, recontextualized, recombined — when a particular frame of reference is established or collapses? How is meaning accrued or eroded through repetition, across pages or generations? How are images or sentences enlisted in — or suddenly freed from — the construction of our personal and collective mythologies?

In this collaborative book, bringing together Bloom’s artworks and Lerner’s prose poems, these questions are rendered beautiful as they are sensitively felt, veering between the promises of abstraction — ‘the showroom of grammar, its glitter and ghosts,’ collective nouns, songs without lyrics that everyone can sing — and verbal and visual languages of extreme privacy. Other topics include: false fathers, lice, stone fruit, Casper Rappaport, color words, alephs, forever stamps, and Goethe’s corridor.



THE PRIMAVERA PROJECT is a modern-day collaboration of music and art. This digital album presents 14 new commissions by THE PRIMAVERA PROJECT for groundbraking, multi- Grammy nominated cellist Matt Haimovitz. Each composer responds to Sandro Botticelli’s enigmatic painting, Primavera, and the prophetic large-scale tryptich, Primavera 2020, by world-renowned contemporary artist Charline von Heyl.

Recorded in January 2021 at Charline von Heyl’s artist studio near downtown Marfa, Texas, the distinct and diverse contemporary compositional voices bridge the centuries, expanding and redefining the range and repetoire of the solo cello. For more information please visit


Retail Apocalypse

edited by Fredi Fischli, Niels Olsen, Adam Jasper

Shopping is history, in both senses of the word. As shopping shifts online and the economic shocks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic push bankruptcies to ­unprecedented levels, retail is facing its own version of the end of days. Retail Apocalypse presents a compendium of case studies, interventions, and object lessons rescued from the bonfire of retail culture. It ranges from Friedrich Kiesler’s display windows to Gae Aulenti’s Fiat show­rooms, from J. G. Ballard’s dystopian fantasies to TELFAR’s critical utopias, from Rem Koolhaas to Herzog & de Meuron.


Christopher Williams

This four-volume set of publications focuses on Christopher Williams‘ theatrical work Stage Play, first presented in 2017 at Miller’s Studio in Zürich. Housed in a slipcase, it contains documentation and the playscript for his eponymous play, related publicity and research documents, the artist’s series of open letters, and a related interview he conducted with historian Markus Krajewski on the ceramic tile façades of post-war architecture in Cologne. In addition to two critical essays by McDonough, this publication is largest collection to date of Williams‘ writing.