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Kunstverein Hannover and Sprengel Museum Hannover Present Keep Out of the Exhibition! Timm Ulrichs Works from 1960 to 2010

Kunstverein Hannover and Sprengel Museum Hannover present one of the most comprehensive overviews of the work of German concept artist Timm Ulrichs (born 1940) to date. Open 28 November 2010 – 13 February 2011.

The conviction that art and life cannot be separated from each other forms the starting point of Timm Ulrichs’ multifaceted oeuvre: “The totality of life equates the totality of art.”

Timm Ulrichs, “Keep Out of the Exhibition!,” 1968/69. Serigraphy in two colours on aluminium. Sprengel Museum Hannover. © VG Bild Kunst Bonn, 2010. Photo by Michael Herling / Aline Gwose

As early as 1961, he defined his living and work space in Hannover as the “Advertizing Agency for Total Art” including the “Room Gallery & Room Theater.” In 1966, he exhibited himself as the first living artwork, thus laying the foundation for a large number of works dealing with his own persona and the exploration of the self.

At the core of Ulrichs’ oeuvre and its interdisciplinary approach is the analysis of the self as a productive reflection on human existence in general. “Total Art,” as Ulrichs characterizes his own art, “knows no boundaries as regards to genre and encompasses diverse disciplines that serve to get to the bottom of human existence.”

The unmistakable hallmark of Timm Ulrichs’ works is the extraordinary connection between lightness and intellectual wit combined with meticulous and analytical subtlety as well as the ingenious examination of language, its limits and logical mis¬understandings.

The joint exhibition encompasses over 100 works in all media which are on show in the seven galleries of the Kunstverein and four galleries in the Sprengel Museum Hannover ranging from early works of the nineteen sixties to new productions and installations developed especially for this show.

The Room Gallery live on the Web
Parallel with the exhibition, Timm Ulrichs’ Room Gallery (“Zimmergalerie”) will be brought into the twenty first century: Via a webcam live feed, the studio, center of Timm Ulrichs’ life and, therefore, of his art, can be visited online at

Kunstverein Hannover
Sophienstraße 2
D – 30159 Hannover

Sprengel Museum Hannover
D – 30169 Hannover

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