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4th Artists' Biennial at the Haus der Kunst

Artists' association at Haus der Kunst München

Host country USA



Press date: Thursday, 18 July, 14.30 (new date)


Opening: Thursday, 18 July 2019, 7 p.m., Central hall

Introduction: Cornelia Oßwald-Hoffmann, Peter Gregorio

Greetings: Berkan Karpat, President of the Artists' association;

Minister of State Georg Eisenreich, Mdl

Meghan Gregonis, Consul General of the United States in Munich

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Exhibition: 19 July - 08 Sept 2019, West wing

Opening hours: daily 10.00 a.m. - 20.00 p.m., Thurs 10.00 a.m. - 22.00 p.m.



Curation: Dr. Cornelia Oßwald-Hoffmann, Birthe Blauth, Peter Gregorio



Participating artists:

Adidal Abou-Chamat, DE // Miya Ando, US // Birthe Blauth, DE // Carlotta Brunetti, DE // Jutta Burkhardt, DE // Albert Coers, DE // Judith Egger, DE // Manuel Eitner, DE // Amit Goffer, ISR // Peter Gregorio, US // Tanja Hemm, DE // Magdalena Jetelová, CZE // Alexander Kluge / Thomas Thiede, DE // Kyung-Lim Lee, US // Vera Lossau, DE // Louise Manifold, IRL // Nina Annabelle Märkl, DE // Paul Mc Carthy, US // Marilyn Minter, US // Edie Monetti, DE // Herbert Nauderer, DE // Dagmar Pachtner, DE // Laurie Palmer, US // Susanne Pittroff, DE // Michael Sailstorfer, DE // Tschabalala Self, US // Leslie Thornton, US // toffaha, DE + EGY // James Turrell, US // Timm Ulrichs, DE // Veronika Veit, DE //



70 years of exhibitions of the Artists association at Haus der Kunst München (former Ausstellungsleitung (exhibition director) in the Haus der Kunst Munich e.V.) directed by Anna Frydman and Rasso Rottenfußer with contributions from Anna Frydman, Esther Glück, Yuliia Koval, Günter Nosch in collaboration with Kurt Fendt, Ben Silverman, MIT Cambridge/USA




THE BIG SLEEP is the title of the upcoming 4th Biennale at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, organized by the Künstlerverbund. THE BIG SLEEP opens on 18.07.2019 at 19:00 in the central hall and runs from 19.07.2019 to 08.09.2019.


THE BIG SLEEP depicts the nocturnal, dreamlike atmosphere as in the fairytale Sleeping Beauty. While the body is at rest, the brain is working and opens up to a multi-layered, irrational space. Thoughts move in slow motion - so slowly, you can watch them form into shape. This paralyzing, wadded feeling can be perceived as threatening, or as a necessary slowdown to open up the potential of all possibilities of creative thinking. Only in this value-free space of pause everything can be thought, formed and weighed against each other.


But THE BIG SLEEP also shows the calm before the storm - the perfect, smooth surface behind which it bubbles and the pressure swells - shows the fragility of the shell that holds our society together, shaped by individual desires, dreams and fears. We can see the brutality of what happens when it explodes in such events as the wave of protests in Paris last year. A blind rage, which seems to feed itself, flooded the city like a natural disaster. How can a democracy react to this unleashed violence? What can she do if rational arguments no longer work or are not heard at all? Would it not make more sense to bring society out of the "Big Sleep"? - a society in which the successful ones sleep with blissful dreams, while the ones who fall short,  sleep in a kind of nightmare.


THE BIG SLEEP wants to open this cocoon of dreamers and see which reality is underneath - a reality that is in danger of disappearing in the overlapping of past and future.

The leading curator of the exhibition is Dr. Cornelia Oßwald-Hoffmann, a curator and author living in Munich and working in the field of international art. The American co-curator is Peter Gregorio, the New York-based artist, curator and publisher of the American artists' magazine VECTOR, whose latest issue "Vector 8, New York" was presented as part of a "life performance event" at the Whitney Museum of American Art. At the moment "Vector 9, Munich" is in progress.


Further dates:


Artist Talk: 20.07.2019, 18 o'clock in the West wing

Catalogue presentation: Saturday, 07.09.2019, 18 o'clock in the West wing

and at




Artists' Association at Haus der Kunst Munich e.V.

President: Berkan Karpat

Prinzregentenstr. 1, 80538 Munich, Germany

+49 (0) 89 222 655,

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Bettina Pauly



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Images: (top) Marylin Minter, Cuntrol; (bottom) Peter Gregorio, Super-Intelligent-Entity-Anomaly


Gefördert von:

George Washington Gedenkstiftung