Project Exhibition: Ortsgespräche – Inspiration

From 13 November 2022 to 8 January 2023   I   Artists: Nori Blume, Konrad Hanke, Markus Heller, Lisa Wölfel and Mihaela Vujnovic  I  Art Kapella Schkeuditz, Leipzig


The video created by the Dutch artist Marijke van Warmerdam entitled Met losse handen (2004) belongs in the Schenkung Sammlung Hoffmann (Hoffmann Collection) as part of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) and was selected as the inspiration for the artworks produced and exhibited by five contemporary artists from the state of Saxony. All the artworks were created specifically for this exhibition and as a response to the video and can be viewed at Art Kapella Schkedeutz until 8 January 2023. The curator of the exhibition is Ms Petra Kiessling.


With several exhibitions organised in Saxony so far (Colditz, Gorlitz, Plauen, Schkeuditz and Zwickau) the Schenkung Sammlung Hoffmann aims to present its collection outside the city of Dresden and to show its collection in smaller and rural areas. In addition, the goal is to present some of the works from the collection in a creative way by prompting the selected artists to respond to them with their own ideas and artwork. This was an opportunity for artistic dialogue among young artists and for exhibiting existing artworks from the collection in a creative way and, at the same time, for supporting the creation of new artworks.


The participating artist were: Marijke van Warmerdam, Nori Blume, Konrad Hanke, Markus Heller, Lisa Wölfel, Mihaela Vujnovic.


Extract from the exhibition catalogue:


A Day More…A Day Less by Mihaela Vujnovic


The key underlying inspiration for the A Day More…A Day Less is the connection between the past and the future as well as the present moment which is the living link between these two poles of existence in time. Our life can also be compared to this video as a journey between these two time poles. As we transition from the unknown to the unknown, we are passing through a time path that we know in advance has an imminent end. The rider in the video seems to follow a concrete path but also wanders aimlessly as their field of vision shifts from the road towards the fields and trees. Similarly, our lives often go along established roads, but we also wander and our journeys unfold in uncontrollable and illogical ways full of different landscapes, emotions, people and objects.


Based on thoughts about movement, rotation, unfolding and twisting, the road, time, and the points of a beginning and an end, I created an object that is twisted spirally at both ends. These ends represent the point of departure and the point of the end everything in between it represents an experience we gain through our lives.


Exhibition View   I  ORTSGESPRÄCHE   I   Art Kapella Schkeuditz   I  © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Schenkung Sammlung Hoffmann   I  November 2022   I   Photo: Oliver Killig

A Day More…A Day Less   I   watercolor on paper   I   240 x 90 cm, 900 x 90 cm (overall dimensions)   I   © Mihaela Vujnovic, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn   I  November 2022   I   Photo: Oliver Killig