Narrating the Gaps

Artistic explorations of the history and archive of Künstlerhaus Bremen

15 October – 20 November 2022
Opening: Friday, 14 October 2022, 7 pm

with Anna Bart, Carolin Klapp, Hannes Middelberg, Norman Neumann, Henrik Nieratschker

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary, five artists from the studios of the Künstlerhaus Bremen explore the archive and the history of the house. Narrating the Gaps presents new works by Anna Bart, Carolin Klapp, Hannes Middelberg, Norman Neumann, and Henrik Nieratschker, who play with the gaps and voids in the history of the Künstlerhaus and develop new narratives from them.
Bart has extensively explored the architectural idiosyncrasies of the Künstlerhaus' studio spaces. She presents a new installation with painting and photographs in the gallery. Based on documents she found in the Künstlerhaus’ archives, Klapp reinterprets the banquet hosted in November 1992 to celebrate the inauguration of the Künstlerhaus. Nieratschker explores the parallels between the artistic, commercial, freelance, and salaried work performed under the roof, bringing together the current function as an artists' house with the building's previous uses as a spice and lumber shop in an autofictional narrative. In a new work, Neumann lets the house itself narrate: he collects sound recordings, objects and frequencies in and around the house and connects them associatively. Middelberg's installation addresses the Künstlerhaus as a site of artistic production and transformation.
In the group show Narrating the Gaps, the artists investigate questions about the site, its history, and the artistic and social processes associated with it.

Exhibition Booklet

Accompanying program

Friday, 14.10. 6 p.m.
Exhibition opening
Welcome: Janine Behrens, Managing Director
Introduction: Nadja Quante, Artistic Director
Arrangement Fenster (Tintenakkumulation) [Arrangement Window (ink accumulation)] - Activation by Hannes Middelberg

Friday, 14.10., 8pm
Wellen/Geschichtung: Preview - Short presentation by Norman Neumann and Henrik Nieratschker 

Thursday, 20.10., 4pm
Table discussion with Horst Griese and Carolin Klapp

Wednesday 26 October, 6 pm
Guided tour with Frederik Preuschoft 

Thursday 27 October, 3 pm 
Arrangement Fenster (Tintenakkumulation) [Arrangement Window (ink accumulation)] - Activation by Hannes Middelberg

Wednesday, 2 November, 6 pm 
Arrangement Fenster (Tintenakkumulation) [Arrangement Window (ink accumulation)] - Activation by Hannes Middelberg

Wednesday, 2 November, 7 pm 
Hosted by BBK und GEDOK: „Auch Kunst ist Arbeit…!“ [Art is also work…!]

Thursday 3 November, 6 pm 
Curator’s tour with Nadja Quante 

Friday 4  November, 8 pm 
Table discussion with Ute Ihlenfeldt and Carolin Klapp

Wednesday 16 November, 7 pm 
Launch of the online platform 

Friday 18 November, 7 pm
Theory & Action - Presentation by Mirjam Thomann
In cooperation with the Mariann Steegmann Institute. Art & Gender
As a part of publics&publishings

Sunday 20 November, 3 pm 
Presentation of a new audio project by the artist Jasmina Al-Qaisi
As a part of publics&publishings

Sunday 20 November, Finissage Narrating the Gaps
4 pm
 Wellen/Geschichtung: sound tour by Norman Neumann and Henrik Nieratschker
5 pm Arrangement Fenster (Tintenakkumulation) [Arrangement Window (ink accumulation)] – Activation by Hannes Middelberg 


With the kind support of


publics&publishings, a collaborative project between GAK, Künstlerhaus Bremen and Kunsthalle Kunstmuseum Bremerhaven, which is being developed as part of "dive in. Programme for Digital Interactions" of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) with funding by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) through the NEUSTART KULTUR programme.