Gesellschaft zur Wertschätzung des Brutalismus / The Brutalism Appreciation Society

08. July 2017 - 24. September 2017 Dortmunder U, Level 3

The radical architectural style of Brutalism first emerged in Britain in the mid-1950s. Its hallmarks are unrendered concrete walls and exposed building materials such as metal, stone and brick. Today it is gradually disappearing from our city skylines, as the largely unlisted buildings are pulled down. At the same time, supporters of the style have started coming together – particularly online. Among them is the Facebook group “The Brutalism Appreciation Society”, which campaigns to preserve these features of 1950s and 1960s town planning, and now has more than 50,000 members worldwide.

The exhibition The Brutalism Appreciation Society, curated by Inke Arns, showcases 21 works by international artists, responding to the Brutalist architectural style of post-war modernity, as well as selected posts from the eponymous Facebook group.

The 21 participating artists come from 11 countries: Belgium, Germany, France, Great Britain, Croatia, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Spain, the Czech Republic and the USA.

In addition to artistic media such as sculptures, videos, video installations, soundscapes, street art and photography, the exhibition space features a large-scale graffiti work by the internationally renowned, Paris-based graffiti artist Darco FBI. The work has been developed onsite at the HMKV, and is a defining design element of the exhibition.

The HMKV exhibition is running in parallel to Documenta in Kassel and Skulptur Projekte Münster.

Please mark this in your calendars: From 7 October 2017 – 25 February 2018 the exhibition SOS Brutalism – Save the Concrete Monsters will take place in the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. SOS Brutalism is a project by DAM and Wüstenrot Stiftung. For the first time Brutalist architecture built between 1953 and 1979 will be presented in a global overview. The data base is supported by the online magazine BauNetz.

Curated by Inke Arns

Admission 5 € / 2,50 € reduced


Funders and Partners

Funded by:
Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW
Kunststiftung NRW
LWL Kulturstiftung

Supported by:
Wüstenrot Stiftung

Main Funder of HMKV:
Dortmunder U - Zentrum für Kunst und Kreativität

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