The Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw are collaborating on joint exhibitions to be held as part of the North Rhine-Westphalia Cultural Season in Poland 2011/2012. The project aims to create to a third "space" arising from the dialogue between the two exhibitions.
The initiators see the project as a laboratory or "exercise" in which they hope to shed light on the parallels in the historical traditions of the art academies in Düsseldorf und Warsaw. Both academies played a pioneering role in the development of alternative forms of teaching in the 1960s and 1970s, represented by Joseph Beuys and his "social sculpture" concept and "extended definition of art" in Düsseldorf and by Oskar Hansen and his theory and practice of "Open Form" in Warsaw.
The two site-specific installations take the special architectural features and proportions of the corresponding spaces in Düsseldorf and Warsaw into account. A specific situation typical of Oskar Hansen's classroom in Warsaw will be recreated in Düsseldorf, while in Warsaw an architectural space will be created that makes reference to the two rooms Beuys used (rooms 19 and 20) at the academy in Düsseldorf. Both rooms will thus serve as (real and metaphorical) exhibition and production spaces for the selected artists, carrying on or breaking with certain traditions and entering into a dialogue with each other.