Four blue wooden installations welcome visitors to the monastery square of Neuzelle. They look like U.F.O.s. In terms of position, shape and color, the objects harmonize with the ensemble of historico-clerical architecture. These are installations for the exhibition "Utopia Passion", which will be presented from Sunday to September 1st.
Four contemporary artists present their projects in blue cubes, which they have developed – also in dialogue with representations of Neuzeller Passion.
Sparkasse gives 5000 euros
Niklas Nitschke (49), founder of the Kunstverein im Kloster Neuzelle, was the initiator and curator of the exhibition and founded the latter in October 2018. This is his second artistic project promoting institutions of the state, church and industry. For example, Birgit Görsdorf, the director of Sparkasse Neuzelle, officially gave him a donation of 5,000 euros Thursday.
Nelson Mandela thought
This is the second time that the Sparkasse Neuzelle is sponsoring the Freie Gymnasium Neuzelle teacher and artists on projects. A few years ago already, he realized an idea that worked well: like the 15 performances of Neuzeller Passion, two of which were restored, the students of Nitschke, as well as students in exchange for their work. South Africa, have created artistic scenes in the same way – starting from the life of South African activist against apartheid and later president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela (1918-2013 ). "This has already convinced us as a savings bank," said Birgit Görsdorf (50), head of Sparkasse Neuzelle. "With the exhibition project Utopia Passion, we see that Mr Nitschke is once again initiating examples, which we support with pleasure, and with him we are leading an artistic project together, from which self-generated energy developed."
The four cubes are the artists' exhibition forums Michael Hofstetter, Alexandra Hopf, Armin Hartenstein and Tamara K. E. They also discuss the importance of the juxtaposition of Neuzelle and Eisenhüttenstadt, monastery and former ideal city.
On his cube, Armin Hartenstein (51) painted a funeral mound as a backdrop, referring to the Passion Theater. Hartenstein: "A piece is built in the cube and the painting is on the transparent outer wall of this architectural sculpture – space in space – and it is made visible."
Open everything at a glance
And why are the cubes so far away from each other? Niklas Nitschke: "If you put them together, they would create the volume of a background." The observer draws this scene in thought, but the peculiarity is this: for the first time, visual artists have developed long and complex projects for this place that make sense here. "