What Makes Art

A highly topical themed exhibition on the question of the relationship between art and credibility: what artistic means are still available to formulate socio-political attitudes in a convincing manner?

Showing its colours

What makes art

2 February – 5 May 2013, Marta Herford (Gehry Galleries)

Twelve international artists and artist groups nail their colours to the mast on socio-political issues against a background of global networks. They do this using the primeval means of art – with poetry, striking pictures and irritating subjectivity.

Who can we or do we even want to believe nowadays? In western societies trust in political decision-makers, the media and the principles of a free market has been seriously damaged. Credibility has become a rare commodity. What can art contribute in a world of power games, profit maximisation and perfect styling? Does it offer worthwhile alternatives, does it have other, more persuasive ways of taking a stand in public?

With “showing your colours” Marta Herford examines these topical questions. A passionate belief in the special power of art is the starting point of the project. On the basis of selected artistic positions, the exhibition examines what art does (with us) and how it can formulate a sincere social commitment going beyond daily events.

Art shines a new, brighter light on life: Its sharp, always critical view allows an exhaustive interrogation of the self-evident. Art translates ideas into images and images into ideas. Particularly through its unsettling interventions in our visual habits, art develops its extraordinary power of fascination, which always raises it up above the everyday and gives it its timeless relevance.

Artists and artist groups

Sam Durant, Claire Fontaine, Thomas Hirschhorn, Korpys / Löffler, Aernout Mik, R.E.P., Wilhelm Sasnal, Peter Sauerer, Tino Sehgal, Nasan Tur, Brigitte Waldach

Museum education

1 February – 5 May 2013, on appointment
Arno Breker: Modelling course for visitors, groups of senior citizen, handicapped, and children
more information (German)

Exhibition Views
Texts: Friederike Fast/ Antje Nöhren, Michael Kröger, Roland Nachtigäller, Thomas Niemeyer, Hajo Schiff, Raimar Stange
Format: 17 x 23 cm
240 pages
app. 120 ill.
Gate-folded softcover
Language: German | English
Editor: MARTa Herford gGmbH
Design: Weiss–Heiten
Publisher: Kettler, Bönen
Price: 28 Euro
Exhibition sponsors


Exhibition supporter

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung des Büros für Bildende Künste / Institut français in Zusammenarbeit mit dem französischen Ministerium für Kultur und Kommunikation / DGCA

Plakat 'Farbe bekennen'

Exhibition poster

Video: Exhibition trailer

Installation view R.E.P., city of Herford