Rundgang 50Hertz: Exhibition of Young Emerging Artists on View from 11 to 14 May 2023

Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart

Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart is showing works on the subject of displacement by the artists participating in Rundgang 50Hertz: Pia Schmikl, Kervin Saint Pere and Saray Purto Hoffmann. The exhibition, incorporating scenography designed by Louise Nguyen and Olof Duus, runs from Thursday, 11 May to Sunday, 14 May 2023. Admission is free.

The public call for the 2023 edition of Rundgang 50Hertz requested proposals addressing the subject of “Displacement as an Aesthetic Strategy”. Applications were sought from university graduates who deal interdisciplinarily with the topic of displacement in their art. Displacement refers to shifting an object from one place or context to another. What happens to an object when it arrives somewhere it traditionally doesn’t belong? Why is it situated there? What significance did it have at the original location, and which does it acquire through displacement to a new one? What happens to its new setting? And what does the viewer who discovers it experience in the new context? The topic has been intensively discussed within the context of restituting cultural assets. It can, however, be understood in various ways and also as an artistic methodology: displacement of an art object, displacement of the viewer, displacement of the exhibition context, or, quite fundamentally, as a global fact in the present day (for instance, migration movements). Displacement is, at the same time, a phenomenon of nature and can also denote a mental state.

Presentation of Emerging Artists in the Action Space at Hamburger Bahnhof

The selected artists – Pia Schmikl, Kervin Saint Pere and Saray Purto Hoffmann – display their works in Hamburger Bahnhof’s action space from 11 to 14 May 2023. Pia Schmikl presents her performance “Die Emanzipation des Elefanten im Raum” (The Emancipation of the Elephant in the Room) on Thursday, 11 May, at 7 pm, and Friday and Saturday, 12 and 13 May, at 3 pm. The artists’ works will also be featured on the Rundgang 50Hertz website, which serves as the project communication platform. Films by Berlin cameraman Alexander Gheorghiu about the artists’ working and creative processes can be viewed there starting10 May 2023. The exhibition catalogue will also be available on the website beginning in May 2023.

About Rundgang 50Hertz

The Rundgang 50Hertz project supporting recent graduates of study programmes in the visual or fine arts was established through a collaboration inaugurated in 2017 between Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart and 50Hertz, a transmission system operator. The project promotes young contemporary artists from the art universities in Berlin, Hamburg, and Leipzig. Thanks to the generous support of 50Hertz, the project was extended by three years in 2021 and is now taking place for the last time.