press release

In a first comprehensive solo exhibition, Halle für Kunst presents a large selection of works by Helena Huneke (1967 – 2012), who in the late 1990s belonged to a circle of Hamburg-based artists operating the Akademie Isotrop, an alternative to institutionalized art academies. Although Huneke could closely relate to the mode of work and exchange probed and practiced there, she created an extremely autonomous and expansive body of work characterized by an strong command of materials, by fragility and intimacy.

The show brings together works from different periods. The main focus is on Huneke's fabric pieces, object assemblages and drawings. A number of texts that Huneke partially published will also be presented. They combine and superimpose theoretical and political considerations with biographical externalizations tied to her own doubts, existential worries and desire for recognition, while at the same time questioning and rejecting existing hierarchies and systems. A moment thus appears in Huneke's texts that is characteristic of her entire oeuvre: The wish to intellectually penetrate her own work and intensively engage with the relations and conditions surrounding her.

Huneke's artistic thought was additionally imbued with an aversion for anything static, complete and one-dimensional. She by no means transferred the elements and motifs of her work to a final state, for example, but combined and arranged them to ever new overall constellations. Accordingly, the exhibition is grasped as one of many possible perspectives on her work and should not be understood as an attempt at a linear and homogenizing (art) historiography. Quite to the contrary: It is informed by the wish to show how reserved and fragile, and at once captivating and sensitive the work and the artist appear. The exhibition also seeks to convey that Helena Huneke's work has not only lost none of its topicality, but years ago already displayed what has today become the vocabulary of entire generations of artists.

The exhibition was developed in cooperation with the circle of friends of Helena Huneke. A subsequent publication is planned.

Works by Helena Huneke (1967 – 2012) have been presented et al. at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2013), Shane Cambell, Chicago (2012), Vilma Gold, London (2011), Friends And Lovers In Underground, Hamburg (2011), Kunstverein Wolfsburg (2010), Pro Choice, Vienna (2010), Montgomery, Berlin (2009 und 2008), Brno House of Arts (2009), Kunstverein Hamburg (2005), Greene Naftali, New York (2003), Goldbekhof, Hamburg (2003), Maschenmode, Berlin (2002), Esther Freund, Vienna (2001), Fullerton Art Museum, San Bernadino (1999), Galerie Nomadenoase, Hamburg (1998), Balduingalerie, Hamburg (1996). With Akademie Isotrop Helena Huneke had shows et al. at Grazer Kunstverein (1999), Gesellschaft fuer Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen (1999), Galerie Buchholz, Cologne (1999), Cubitt, London (1999), Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin (1998) and at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (1997).


Guided tour of the exhibition
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 6:30 pm

Children lead Children & kids club
Saturday, April 11, 2015, 11 am to 1.30 pm
For children from 6 to 12 years.

Art and cake
Sunday, April 26, 2015, from 15 o'clock

"My tenderness is like the ephemeral (...) So do not bring me your stigmatized breasts later!"
Lecture by Lina Launhardt
Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 7 pm

Combination tour through the Kunstverein Lüneburg and the Halle für Kunst
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 2 pm
Am Ochsenmarkt 1a, Heinrich-Heine-Haus, 21335 Lüneburg

Artist workshop on the exhibition with Bernd W. Plake
April 2015
For all ages. Further information follows

"The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" (Tony Richardson, 1962)
film screening
Monday, May 4, 2015, 7 pm

The exhibition and the educational program are generously supported by the state of Lower Saxony, the Lüneburg Landscape Association, the Hanseatic City of Lüneburg, the VGH Foundation and the Lüneburg Community Foundation.

Special thanks go to the family and friends of Helena Hunekes, Guido Baudach, Stefan Thater, Markus Selg and several private collectors in Berlin, without their loan and support the exhibition would not have come about.