Between Power and Possibility

Hamburger Kunsthalle

– 18 June 2017


We are always waiting. At the supermarket checkout, for the lunch hour or at the bus stop. Waiting is an everyday phenomenon that applies to all of us regardless of our age. So how do we use our lifetime as we wait for a specific event? The large-scale exhibition “Waiting. Between Power and Possibility” approaches the question through the works of 23 contemporary artists. 

If you think about it, given that it is a person’s social status, above all else, that can be read from how they wait, then the age-old adage “time is money” acquires a whole new meaning. Wealthy people can buy themselves shorter waiting times, whereas by contrast, refugees must often wait years for a decision about their asylum applications. Waiting rooms turn the act of waiting itself into a symbol of doing nothing and of boredom. However, if we seize waiting as a gift of lifetime that affords us room for creativity and deceleration, it can open up a whole new world for us. Among others, participating exhibitors include photographers such as Andrea Diefenbach, Paul Graham and Andreas Gursky. In addition, a website has been designed specifically for the exhibition, which serves as an online platform for photos, texts, films and information on the exhibition. Materials from artists, authors and representatives of different disciplines are also provided.


The exhibition is on display in Galerie der Gegenwart [Contemporary Gallery] of the Hamburger Kunsthalle and can be visited Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Information on admission fees is available online.


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