Stuttgart/St. Louis, sister cities - playing together
Museum Blue in collaboration with Paul Art Space and Rad Lab Studio presents: Stuttgart/St. Louis, sister cities - playing together, works by Julia Wenz → Peter Franck → Christian Eickhoff
Since 2016 we curate a temporary art space in a suburban part of Stuttgart. "UG - in-between-space for contemporary art" is a pedestrian underpass. Subways are a relic of urban development from the past. Many are in a prime location but never frequented or used alternatively. The passage itself is a place of utopia, one can see, hear and feel the urban transformation of the cities. The idea of the District Council of Stuttgart-Wangen to let the place disappear -by filling it with concrete- is on a halt by our initiative to revive the space through art for 2016.
During this year the Stuttgart art scene has accepted the UG as "institution" and does not mind all the way to the suburbs for the openings. The pupils of the nearby Wilhelm School are the daily guests. This is really Their space.
The art is the intruder, it brings attention to their "secret" place and They want to go it away. The interaction consists largely of vandalism within the works but thus from direct talks during times of erecting a new show. We use this destructive element to merge with the artwork and create a "new" image. This image refers to the users of the place.
The area is characterized by many citizens with almost no cultural interest. The reference to cultural institutions such as museums or galleries is not available and the passage provides here easy access to this world. It is open 24/7 hours.
During our stay in St Louis at Paul Artspace we'll present the "UG" and show parts of various exhibitions. We are looking for St Louis artists who are interested to show a piece of work at the UG. Our main interest is the upcoming election. The opening of the show in Stuttgart with some St Louis artists will be on November the 8th (the day of the election). Wangen will be our gateway to the sister city.
So under the ground, new horizons can open.