The urban – as well as natural – environment we live in deeply influences our development and life. The Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg has set out to celebrate and explore our relationship with our daily urban context by taking the central German city as its case study and paradigm.
The art museum's director, Dr Ralf Beil, selected several international artists to participate in the show, entitled 'Wolfsburg Unlimited: A City as World Laboratory', asking them to address questions about what a city is and what our perception of it can be. The resulting large-scale projects, created especially for the exhibition, are now on show at the Kunstmuseum and reflect the artists' musings on the city of Wolfsburg.
The entire museum will serve as exhibition space for this unique show – from its foyers and gallery spaces, to its entrance lobby and garden – spanning an intriguing variety of scales including a 1:1 scale drive-in theatre by Julian Rosefeldt and photographic installations by Eva Leitolf and Peter Bialobrzeski.
Among the other artists involved are Franz Ackermann, Nevin Aladağ, Christian Andersson, John Bock, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Christo, Don Eddy, Douglas Gordon, Heinrich Heidersberger, Peter Keetman, Anselm Kiefer, Rémy Markowitsch, Marcel Odenbach, Arnold Odermatt, Nam June Paik, Antoine Pesne, Peter Roehr, Didier Rittener, Werner Schroeter, Luc Tuymans, James Welling and Charles Wilp.
Open to the public from this Sunday, the exhibition looks into Wolfsburg's challenges and possibilities, from its amazing industrial history – the city is well known to be the home of Volkswagen – to its gardens and suburbs, exploring the global and local aspects of a modern city.