Bon Voyage!
Travelling in Contemporary Art

13 November 2020 – 11 April 2021

Travelling the world means being open for the unexpected, being prepared for new encounters, and not exactly knowing what impacts these experiences will have on your own life. Travelling the world means leaving your own comfort zone, quite possibly dealing with daunting situations and pushing yourself to your limits, in order to report back to those at home. But not all travelling involves a physical challenge. The pace of our modern, digitalised world is fast; the sheer size of the sphere of places around the world that are within easy reach is utterly overwhelming. “Here” is often just a click away from “there”. Digitally speaking, we live in a synchronised world without borders, without time zones.

The Ludwig Forum for International Art presents a selection of contemporary artistic positions in which the journey itself is the primary focus. Bon Voyage! Travelling in Contemporary Art offers a view of the world through the eyes of artists on the move – often far away from beaten tourist tracks. The package includes personal challenges, political and climatic borderline experiences, fictional and virtual inner journeys, and that ultimate trip to the hereafter – the one you don’t need any luggage for.

With over 100 works on show, the exhibition tracks the routes of about 50 artists and presents a selection of artistic positions from the 1960s through to the present day. With paintings, installations, videos, objects, photos and graphic artworks arranged around five transit points, the exhibition illustrates the fascination and the significance of journeys in contemporary art.

The exhibition will also offer a versatile support programme of events and workshops for visitors of all ages.

Provisional list of featured artists

Among others: Marina Abramović and Ulay, Lothar Baumgarten, Joseph Beuys, Christoph Brech, Stanley Brouwn, Wolfgang von Contzen, Simon Faithfull, Jerry Frantz, Mareike Foecking, Gerard Garouste, Philipp Goldbach, Manaf Halbouni, Michael Heizer, Jochem Hendricks, Klara Hobza, Stefan Huber, Sven Johne, Kcho, Dagmar Keller and Martin Wittwer, Fabian Knecht, Till Krause, Alicja Kwade, Talisa Lallai, Richard Long, Hiroyuki, Masuyama, Roman Ondak, A.R. Penck, Michail Pirgelis, Anne Pöhlmann, Robert Smithson, Michael Snow, Nicole Schuck, Stefan Sous, Katrin Ströbel & Mohammed Laouli, Timm Ulrichs, Christoph Westermeier.


Alexandra Kolossa

Curatorial assistance

Marie Gentges

Travel guide and blog

The exhibition will be accompanied by a Travel Guide featuring descriptions of the exhibits along with numerous images. There will also be a Travel Blog on the Internet.

Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst
Jülicher Str. 97-109 | 52070 Aachen
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