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Church for Sale

Works from the Haubrok Collection
and the Nationalgalerie Collection

November 28, 2021June 19, 2022

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin

This image illustrates a link to the exhibition titled Church for Sale | with Edgar Arceneaux, Rodney McMillian and Ruben Ochoa

On its 25th anniversary, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin shows important works from the Nationalgalerie Collection and the Haubrok Collection. A spacious architectural design was developed in the museum’s Historical Hall especially for the occasion.

The represented artists approach art as a political activity against ubiquitous violence and aggression, marginalisation and the lack of protection of common goods essential to life. In their works, the artists address the vulnerability of human existence in its social and cultural contexts and examine power structures in the private and public sphere.

The Church for Sale exhibition takes its name from a series of works by Edgar Arceneaux from 2013 which shows billboards from the bankruptcy-threatened city of Detroit advertising the sale of church properties and, thus, the community-forming meeting rooms they provided. The exhibition brings together works of art that explore the tension between toughness and vulnerability in different social contexts. The show includes sculptures, photographs, graphics, wall and video works by Edgar Arceneaux, Siah Armajani, Christoph Büchel, Tom Burr, Claire Fontaine, Jenny Holzer, Alfredo Jaar, Emily Jacir, Carolyn Lazard, Park McArthur, Rodney McMillian, Bruce Nauman, Cady Noland, Ruben Ochoa, Santiago Sierra and Kara Walker.

The exhibition architecture, conceived by architectural practice b+ (Arno Brandlhuber, Florian Jaritz, Gregor Zorzi), addresses the issues of the exhibition by making critical reference to the development plan approved for the area around the museum and the, as yet, not fully resolved future for the ensemble of buildings dedicated to art. It follows the construction line of the development plan and translates this two-dimensional line into a three-dimensional wall that cuts the Historic Hall in two along its north-south axis.

With the exhibition, the collaboration that began in 2009 between the Nationalgalerie and the Haubrok Foundation continues. Since then, a long-term loan agreement has led to 13 outstanding works from the Haubrok Foundation being displayed in the Hamburger Bahnhof and other Nationalgalerie locations, including works by Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Olafur Eliasson, Paola Pivi, Gregor Schneider, Tino Sehgal, Andreas Slominski and Florian Slotawa.

Curated by Gabriele Knapstein; Assistant Curator: Franziska Lietzmann

Rodney McMillian
“Double Jesus,” 2006
66" x 93"
Inventory #MCR154
Courtesy of Vielmetter Los Angeles
Rodney McMillian
“Unknown #12,” 2006
39" H x 31" W (99.06 cm H x 78.74 cm W) framed
Inventory #MCR168
Courtesy of Vielmetter Los Angeles
Ruben Ochoa
“Zoned Out in the 90045,” 2007
C-print in custom wengé frame
Image size 40" x 50"
Edition of 3 + 2 APs, AP 1
Inventory #OCH115.04
Courtesy of Vielmetter Los Angeles
Ruben Ochoa
“Exposed in the 90293,” 2007
C-print in custom wengé frame
Image size 40" x 50", frame 43" x 53 1/8" x 3 1/4"
Edition 3 of 3 + 2 AP
Inventory #OCH120.04
Courtesy of Vielmetter Los Angeles
Ruben Ochoa
“Get off my black,” 2010
Concrete, rebar and dirt
2' 6"H x 5' 10" W x 9' 5" D
Inventory #OCH231
Courtesy of Vielmetter Los Angeles; Photo credit: Robert Wedemeyer