Colourful geometrical drawings on paper

Axel Feldmann, catalogue graphic, Future Perfect, 2013

FUTURE PERFECT. Contemporary Art from Germany

Musée Théodore-Monod d’Art Africain | Dakar | 24.02.2019 – 26.03.2019

Exhibition | The exhibition follows a series of ifa-exhibitions on contemporary art that was devoted to the internationalisation of art in Germany. It shows key positions in contemporary artistic production and brings together works by 16 artists living in Germany, who all work in diverse media – film, photography, sculpture, objects, painting and collage.

The works in this exhibition explore visions of the future and speculate about the course of history. The “future perfect” of the title refers to the tense of the verb that expresses the completion of an action in the future: something will have been. The future perfect is a preview from the past and a form of speculation.Today, the future seems to be a critical concept, and even the near future is almost impossible to anticipate given all our digital and mobile acceleration. The fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany and the end of Cold War thinking not only “globalised” the world of economics. It also meant the end of many European ideas and mindsets. This exhibition project reflects on the promises and horizons the future brings. Can we come to an understanding concerning the speculative future perfect? How do artists take up a position on material, form, imagination, action or narration? How do they reflect the past anew? Where to they see options for action? The works on show develop future options for imagination and action. They are shaped by striking formal idioms and they transfer key social questions into artistic concepts.

Curators: Angelika Stepken & Philipp Ziegler
Artists: Nairy Baghramian, DAS INSTITUT (Kerstin Brätsch and Adele Röder), Mariana Castillo Deball, Cyprien Gaillard, Dani Gal, Annette Kelm, Jutta Koether, Armin Linke, Antje Majewski, Henrik Olesen, Yorgos Sapountzis, Nora Schultz, Nasan Tur, Danh Vo, Clemens von Wedemeyer


ifa Exhibitions abroad

ifa plans and organises exhibitions of contemporary art from Germany, presenting insights into the fine arts, photography and film, and design and architecture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. These exhibitions tour the world for several years and are shown in international museums all over the world. In our diverse art education programmes we link the German art scene with international artists and cultural institutions and protagonists, setting up cooperation projects and networks. Our exhibitions create local forums for encounter, open up international perspectives, and build sustained stores of knowledge. ifa also provides loans to museums for special exhibitions and presentations.


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