Art Meets City with Jeppe Hein - our latest Event in the Kurgarten in front of the Kurhaus Baden-Baden. We have found something that appeals to the mind, encourages exchange and puts the nature of the Kurpark in a new light - from now on every year. The idea of the big public art event for Baden-Baden is born. Open to all, in the open air. We call Baden-Baden the "European Capital of the Art of Living", because in our city nature, health and culture form a unique bond. We have top-class museums and exhibitions, we have art-loving citizens and international guests - and we have the Kurpark. So why not create a stage here for young artists from all over the world? Our greatest wish would be: Discover what art can be under the open sky. Experience new forms, new expressions, new thoughts - and experience the Kurpark in a completely different way. Exchange ideas! Art brings people together, makes people think and experience.
Water walls rise and fall randomly. Visitors entering the water pavilion can move within the structure and find themselves in differently shaped spaces. Dare to enter! Enjoy the seclusion and relaxation, pure joy and free play!
Modified Social Benches
Benches! Essential in a park, in public space. Jeppe Hein has reinterpreted them. His “Modified Social Benches” turn sitting into a conscious physical act, enable new encounters and stimulate reflection: Where do you sit down? Or do you prefer to lie down? How do others use the benches? Find out and share your experience!
Shift in Perception
Looking at the gradually rotating hanging mirror installation, an unusual perspective of the surroundings emerges from the movement of the reflections against the background of the surrounding space. Fragments of the space are suddenly placed next to or in front of each other; layered images offer views that cannot be seen simultaneously with the naked eye, making the surrounding place seem infinite. Do you see reality or only mirrored reality?
Mirrored balloons hang from the ceiling in the open space and subtly move with the air circulation. Only the roof seems to prevent the balloons from floating into the air and the reflection from extending into infinity. If they could fly away and take one wish of ours with them, what wish would it be?
For further informations, download our brochure kunst findet stadt (2 MB).
Jeppe Hein is a Danish artist living and working in Berlin. In his interactive art he combines aesthetics with play, publicity with individual experience, environment and inner world. Born in Copenhagen in 1974, Jeppe Hein studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and at the ”Städelschule” in Frankfurt/Main. Since 2001 he has been showing his works around the globe, including at the “Schirn Kunsthalle” Frankfurt (2020); in the Central Park and at the UN Headquarters in New York City (2019); at the “Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg” (2015); the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (2011); The Curve, Barbican Art Centre, London (2007); the “Centre Georges Pompidou”, Paris (2005); the P.S.1. MOMA, New York (2004) and twice at the “Biennale di Venezia” (2003 & 2019).
The Advisory Board
The Lord Mayor of Baden-Baden Margret Mergen and the managing director of Baden-Baden Events GmbH Nora Waggershauser have a three member artistic advisory board at their side: Prof. Dr. Florian Matzner, Professor of Art History, from Munich and expert on public arts, Dr. Thomas Köhler, Director of the “Berlinische Galerie”, as well as Henning Schaper, Director of the Museum Frieder Burda. Together they made the choice: After assessing the individual spatial situation and the unique flair of the city of Baden-Baden, the decision was made in favour of the artist Jeppe Hein. He is known all over the world for his public art projects. His art enforces and initiates interaction with people. Thus, the first artistic intervention in the context of “art happens/art meets city" is to be experienced three-dimensionally, appealing to all the senses and encouraging people to participate.
For further information please visit the website of Baden-Baden Kur & Tourismus GmbH.
Photos: Nathalie Dautel (Kurhaus), Tom Wagner (Porträt Jeppe Hein)
Jeppe Hein, Mirror Balloons, 2015 / Foto: Morten Kjoer | Jeppe Hein, Appearing Rooms, 2004 / Foto: Kathryn Palin | Jeppe Hein, Modified Social Bench P, 2008 / Foto: Laurin Schmid | Jeppe Hein, Cage and Mirror, 2011 / Foto: Siri Carlslund
For all artworks of Jeppe Hein: Courtesy KÖNIG GALERIE, Berlin/London, 303 GALLERY, New York, und Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Kopenhagen