The Wrapped Frame. Considering Art Gallery architecture

Nicolai, Bernd (2018). The Wrapped Frame. Considering Art Gallery architecture. In: Schneemann, Peter J. (ed.) Localizing the Contemporary: The Kunsthalle Bern as a Model (pp. 51-66). Zürich: JRP Ringier

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The format of the Kunsthalle as a specific place for the production and exhibition of contemporary art is the main focus of this theoretical publication. In contrast to collecting museums, the Kunsthalle is associated with concepts of artistic freedom and novelty. Taking into account this dynamism, the book understands the Kunsthalle as a model that contributes to the formation of contemporary art in essential ways. The Kunsthalle Bern, its historical development, the political implications of its exhibitions, as well as its societal positioning is thereby a key institution to discuss, analyze, and understand the Kunsthalle format on a more abstract level.

Edited by Bern’s Institut für Kunstgeschichte Professor Peter J. Schneemann, and published on the occasion of the centenary of the Kunsthalle Bern, this publication gathers together 18 essays about the Kunsthalle Bern as a role model and a place for artistic intervention and production, elaborating the examinations to which numerous international artists have subjected the building itself. Interventions in the architectural structure of the Kunsthalle Bern have led to a constant and critical exploration of both the institution and its building.

Structured into three main sections, this anthology discusses the Kunsthalle Bern as a model where the contemporary can be localized. Thus, the book aims to contribute to current research on institutional histories. International authors from a broad range of institutions and professional fields examine the Kunsthalle’s role as a curatorial field of experimentation, as artistic material, and as a platform for transatlantic exchange. With contributions by Kari Conte, Damian Lentini, Susanne Neubauer, Glenn Phillips, Hans Rudolf Reust, Terry Smith, Beatrice von Bismarck, and many more.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Art History > History of Architecture and Historic Monuments
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Art History

UniBE Contributor:

Nicolai, Bernd


700 Arts
700 Arts > 720 Architecture




JRP Ringier




Rahel Anna Gugelmann

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19 May 2020 12:53

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19 May 2020 12:53


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