Current exhibition


15 September – 29 October 2017

Vidokle Immortality and Resurresction Anton Vidokle, Immortality and Resurrection for All!, 2017, HD video, Photo: Ayman Nahle

In 1922, under the slogan ‘immortalism and interplanetarism’ the Moscow bio-cosmists demanded nothing less than the immediate elimination of the temporal and spatial limits of human life. They follow in the footsteps of Russian philosopher Nikolai Fyodorov (1829–1903). He speculated about the abolition of mortality and the resurrection of all humans by the technology of art under the auspices of a state becoming a museum. Fyodorovs ideas influenced theorists, scientists and activists in pre- and early soviet times. The cosmists share the belief in a rational evolution of mankind, finding its completion in the overcoming of death and the conquest of space.

Today developments in artificial intelligence and biotechnology fuel transhumanist utopias of eliminating the temporal limits of human life. It comes as no surprise that Calico – the Califoria Life Company a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. – set itself the business objective to prolong human life. Yet, whereas Russian cosmists regarded the achievement of human immortality as a collective, ‘common task’ many current transhumanist aspirations are aimed at self-optimisation.

The exhibition Immortalismus (Immortalism) brings together works by contemporary artists that open up different perspectives on visions, technologies and ideologies to overcome death. It takes the utopian ideas of Nikolai Fyodorov and the Russian avant-garde movement of the cosmists as a historical starting point.

Artists: Ivana Bašić, Harm van den Dorpel, Cécile B. Evans, Pakui Hardware, Lina Hermsdorf, Kitty Kraus, Oliver Laric, Dominik Sittig, Anton Vidokle, Tchelet Weisstub

In the context of Russische Kulturtage
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promoted by Kulturstiftung des Bundes

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coordinated by Zwetajewa Zentrum
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The exhibition is promoted by:

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Sat, 16 September, 3pm
Gutes Sterben – Falscher Tod / Immortalismus Guided tour with Heinrich Dietz and Finn Schütt, the tour begins at the Museum für Neue Kunst  

Wed, 20 September, 7pm
Werden wir irgendwann ewig leben? Lecture and discussion with Dr. Oliver Müller, Freiburg University, Philosophy Department, Excellence cluster BrainLinks-BrainTools, partner: Museum für Neue Kunst

 Thur, 5 October, 7pm
Guided tour  

Wed, 11 October, 7pm
Artists talk with Lina Hermsdorf and neuroscientist Prof. Dr. Stefan Rotter, Bernstein Center Universität Freiburg, Exzellenzcluster BrainLinks-BrainTools  

Sun, 15 October, 2pm
Children's workshop (registration is required)  

Tue, 17 October, 7pm
„Sterbliche aller Länder, vereinigt euch!” – Russische Projekte zur Überwindung des Todes, 1900–1930. Lecture by Dr. Michael Hagemeister, Ruhr-University in Bochum, Institute of East European History  

Sun, 29 October, 3pm
Curator's tour with Heinrich Dietz


Fri, 15 September, 7 pm
Introduction: Heinrich Dietz, director

Opening hours

Tue – Sun, 12 am – 6 pm
Wed, 12 am – 8 pm, Mon closed
Day of German Unity (open 03.10.)
Entrance: 2 € /1,50 € Thursdays free, Members free