Kai Schiemenz, Four-Colour Block (Detail), 2015, Glas, Betonsockel, 124 x 74 x 65 cm

Glass and Concrete
Manifestations of the Impossible
29.02. – 07.06.2020 extended until 04.10.2020

Fragile delicacy or cool grandeur? Iridescent brilliance or brittle surface? Despite their apparent differences, glass and concrete are connected by a long history.


Like almost no other material they are associated with great architectural visions: from brightly illuminated church buildings to military fortifications, right up to functional domestic appliances. The artists in the exhibition react not only to the changed life in the metropolises of the world. Like in an alchemist’s laboratory, they explore the path of the material between flowing and setting, testing the limits of the possible to pose new questions about crumbling social concepts. Constructions of glass and concrete are staged elegantly and brutally while at the same time energetically shattering the apparent beauty of a hollowed-out metaphor.

In cooperation with Anne Schloen, Cologne



Francis Alÿs, Peter Bialobrzeski, Oliver Boberg, Matti Braun, Andreas Bunte, Daniel Buren, Louisa Clement, Louis De Cordier, Alia Farid, Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani, Thomas Florschuetz, Daniela Friebel, Vincent Ganivet, Jakub Geltner, Isa Genzken, Elín Hansdóttir, Mona Hatoum, Philipp Hennevogl, Stephan Huber, Thomas Huber, Aernoudt Jacobs, Jeffrey James, Isa Melsheimer, Jan Muche, Martin Mühlhoff & Christian Vossiek, Olaf Pernice, Túlio Pinto, Robin Rhode, Kilian Rüthemann, Kai Schiemenz, Wolfgang Schlegel, Adrien Tirtiaux, Tatiana Trouvé, Lena von Goedeke, Martin Walde (in cooperation with Bernd Weinmayer)

The Island at Marta – 2020 by Adrien Tirtiaux

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Many thanks to the Marta Herford Corporate Partners and Corporate Premium Partners as well as the Marta Fund for New Art for their ongoing support of our program.