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curated by Felipe Schwager and Tjioe Meyer Hecken

Aura's Present Decay, curated by Felipe Schwager and Tjioe
Meyer Hecken, unfolds as an ambitious art exhibition and summer program at the
Wehrmuehle Museum in Brandenburg.

Going beyond a mere celebration of diverse array of artistic mediums and expression, the project embodies a holistic strategy, that encompasses sustainability, community engagement, and cultural enrichment.

Running from July 6 to August 25, the exhibition delves into the ephemeral nature of art, the passing of time, and the evolving aura.

Artists contribute to a discourse exploring the temporal, prompting viewers to strip away transitory aspects in order to arrive at the essence of present.

Viewing extends to the defining of aura, resonance, and experience in artistic expression.
The curated artworks exist, serving as products of past processes and ongoing sources of viewer perception. Some processes that leave only documentation as traces. The exhibition invites creative mediation with nature, encouraging a reconsideration of public and private participation.

Featuring over 25 artists:

Ana Viktoria Dzinic, Ana Mendieta, Ángela Jiménez Durán, Anna Talens, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Brad Downey, Dirk Braeckman, Ella Taub, Evelyn Bencicova, Isabel Cordovil, Iris Schieferstein, Josepha Merz, Julian Rosefeldt, Kaan Bulak, Marlon de Azambuja, Niklas Bolten and Rubin Henkel, Natacha Donze, Paulo Wirz, Roman Signer, Shira Kela, Sofia Clementina Hosszufalussy, Stephanie Maier, Young Boy Dancing Group, Dorota Gawęda & Eglė Kulbokaitė, Wolfgang Tillmans, Manuela Morales Délano and more

The Wehrmuehle Museum, known for its artist-centered and community-driven ethos, serves as the ideal venue.

Open on eight weekends, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 PM to 7 PM, it provides a space for cultural enrichment.
Active engagement with a diverse weekend program featuring performance, dance, sound, and workshops. Culinary experiences by Los Bebes, Lucky You Studio, Material, Beba, Table Farrah, and Sway in the sculpture garden.      

Vernissage Weekend July 6 and July 7
  • Aura of Femininity in Art choreographed by Annick Schadeck
  • dancers by Staatsballett Berlin
  • DJ set in the Museum Garden
  • Opening Party until Late
  • Sundays Workshop, Maryam Keyhani Children’s Arts and Craft  

July 20 and July 21
  • Performance Saturday
  • Aerial Palettes: Performances and Ambient Sound curated by Paul Cinske
  • Sundays Workshop, Ella Taub Live Sculpting  

July 27 and July 28
  • Performance Saturday, Performances and Ambient Sound curated by Concentric Records
  • Sundays Workshop, Ella Taub Live Sculpting  
August 3 and August 4
  • Performance Saturday, Young Boy Dancing Group Performance in the Forest  
  • Sundays Workshop, Stephanie Maier Creative Writing  

August 10 and August 11
  • Performance Saturday, Sound and Dance by Jakub Kubica and Sonya Mohavo
  • Sundays Workshop, Sofia Clementina Hosszufalussy Textile  

August 17 and August 18
  • Performance Saturday, Culinary Installation by Vitamine Colors
  • Sundays Workshop, Blue Print Cyanotypes with Anna Falck-Ytter  

Finissage August 24 and August 25th
  • Open Air Screening of Rutilant Revelation by Shira Kela and PENUMBRA by Julian Rosefeldt
  • DJ set in the Museum Garden
  • Closing party until Late
  • Sundays Workshop, Maryam Keyhani Children’s Arts and Craft  

Wehrmuehle serves as a sanctuary for idealism in the multidisciplinary art world, embracing mondialité as a posture of worldliness to unite people and cultures, meeting the needs of the twenty-first century and beyond.

Wehrmuehle Museum, situated within the historic 60-acre, 14th-century weir site in northern Berlin, stands as a community-driven, artist-centered contemporary art and culture institution.

Positioned as a dynamic, globally engaged cultural space, it invites visitors to explore contemporary art.  
Aspiring to be a catalyst for experimentation, learning, and creativity, the museum serves as an agora for all. Comprising four distinct sites:The Museum, The Guesthouse, The Barn and The Park - housing exhibition spaces, artists' residencies, and culinary experiences.  

With a history dating back to 1375, Wehrmuehle was constructed as a weir to regulate the flow of the river Finow, later transformed into a mill. In the early 20th century, it was run by the Jewish Muehsam family, who bestowed the villa with its characteristic stucco facade and charm.

In 2003, the Hecken family, in collaboration with Zanderroth Architekten, developed a concept that restored the historic site and its liberal spirit but also established it as a home for international art practice.  

Situated in a nature reserve, Wehrmuehle embraces a philosophy of being "porous". Under the leadership of Director Tjioe Meyer, the museum envisions a seamless connection between art and nature, featuring multidimensional spheres for congregation, reflection, and relaxation กชemanating a "sense of timelessness".  

In the context of evolving museums as democratizing spaces for critical dialogue, Wehrmuehle aligns with this paradigm shift and is guided by a commitment to diversity and empathy.
Its essence revolves around strong art and thoughtful programming, such as Art Biesenthal, comprised of diverse array of artistic mediums and expressions and supporting emerging artists.   

Tjioe Meyer Hecken, Director and Curator, Wehrmuehle Museum l Art Biesenthal
Meyer Hecken is of Turkish-Bosnian descent and grew up in New York and Berlin. She is the director of Wehrmuehle Museum, the home of Art Biesenthal. Her interdisciplinary curatorial practice, influenced by her education at Queen Mary University of London’s School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences, bridges the realms of art and science. Passionate about promoting female artists,
Tjioe is committed to making the Wehrmuehle Museum a home for artistic experimentation and cultural understanding. Her future plans include expanding the museum's physical space and program offerings to further enrich the visitor experience.

Felipe Schwager, Co-Director and Co-Curator, Wehrmuehle Museum | Auras Present Decay  
Felipe Schwager, born in Ecuador and raised in Colombia Brazil and Switzerland, is the Co-Director of Wehrmuehle Museum and Co-Curator of "Auras Present Decay"  His extensive international experience shapes his vision for redefining art curation and exhibition spaces. With a Master's from the Academy of Art in Basel, Felipe, is known for his his innovative approach and keen eye for emerging talents, in the contemporary art scene. The co-director envisions the museum not just as a repository of art but as a living, breathing entity that evolves alongside the ever-changing cultural landscape. 
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Opening Hours:
Saturdays and Sundays from 1 PM to 7 PM
July 2024