Could be

24.08. - 22.09.2019

Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart

Exhibition of the artist members


August 24 - September 22, 2019
Opening: Friday, August 23, 2019, 7 pm


“If there is a sense of reality, there must also be a sense of possibility." Robert Musil, The Man without Qualities (1930)

By half of all members of the Württembergischer Kunstverein are artists. Against this background, the WKV - now one of the few art associations to do so - organises exhibitions every two years for artists. The show is not subject to a selection of juries, but is merely tied to a given theme.

Nothing that is or was is necessarily as it is or was. It could also have been completely different. Based on these considerations, this year's members' exhibition will take place with about 300 participants and aims at an artistic negotiation of the subjunctive "but could". The reading of the present manifests itself in the historiography, which in its selection and focus usually plays into an ideological system. In this context it is possible for art to design alternative world models in an ironic, political but also activist way, in which the past can be reinvented as a possibility. This sense of possibility tears a gap that is as creative as it is critical into the present, a gap that at the same time couples what has been with what is to come, i.e. with a future of which we cannot yet know anything. In this context, reference should be made to the young generation, which, it is often said by the older generation, lacks experience of life and thus farsightedness. What these young people are demanding and demanding back at the moment is a future that is currently being taken away from them. They accuse a generation that, despite or because of its critical thinking, has become accustomed and adapted to those economic, industrial, military, and political conditions that can completely destroy any future livelihood. The sense of possibility which, thanks to this insurrection and with a view to the past European elections, strikes us at the break with the seemingly factual and at the demand "to think everything that could be just as good and not to take what is more important than what is not".

The broad spectrum of works, ranging from painting, photography, installation and video to performances, reflects the diversity of the about 300 participants who have created works especially for "Could be" (Könnte aber doch). On the opening weekend and during the course of the exhibition, numerous readings, lectures and performances by the artists will take place at WKV.


Württembergischer Kunstverein

Schlossplatz 2

70173 Stuttgart


Fon: +49 (0)711 223370



Di, Do.-So 11- 18 Uhr

Mi 11 - 20 Uhr


05.09. - 20.10.2019

Gudberg Nerger, Hamburg

Groupexhibition with Dennis Busch, Jill Tegan Doherty, Marcus Günther, Nils Kasiske, Kristine Kolb, Svenja Maaß, Stefan Mosebach and Jenni Tietze


Exhibition opening on September, 5th from 7-11 pm
On display until October 20th


Is being human its own form of being or just a subset of the animal kingdom? While philosophers and sociologists from Aristotles to Descartes have never fully reached consensus in their quests for answers over the centuries, art has its very own resources to examine the differences and similarities between humans and animals. Paintings, objects, and installations deliver astonishing perspectives on the fascination with animalism. What at first sight merely look like zoomorphic characterisations of humans or anthropomorphic depictions of animals, often reveal themselves to be unsettlingly realistic hybrid versions, creating distinct identities, which may appear grotesque in form and features. A pleasure for viewers who seek to imagine more than they are capable to imagine.

The exhibition “Animalism” shows remarkable works from eight different artists, who approach the topic in at least eight different ways.


Gudberg Nerger
Poolstraße 8
20355 Hamburg

opening hours:

Mo - Fr 10 - 18 Uhr
Sa 12 - 18 Uhr