Openings: Roots and Body-Me


The Frankfurter Kunstverein has opened its fall program with two thematic exhibitions: “Roots. Indonesian Contemporary Art” and “Body-Me: The Body in the Age of Digital Technology.”

In the exhibition “Roots. Indonesian Contemporary Art”, solo presentations of new work by the artists Jompet Kuswidananto, Eko Nugroho and the artist collective Tromarama was given room in the Frankfurter Kunstverein’s interior space. Joko Avianto’s stunning bamboo installation covered the Kunstverein’s façade. The exhibition took place on the occasion of Indonesia’s appearance as Guest of Honour at the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair and was being presented in partnership with the National Gallery of Indonesia in Jakarta under the auspices of the Republic of Indonesia’s Ministry of Education and Culture.
The works by artists Yuri Ancarani, Kate Cooper, Melanie Gilligan and Thomas Thwaites on view in the exhibition “Body-Me: The Body in the Age of Digital Technology” considered the human body, its mutability, its fragility and its ephemerality within the context of a digital and hyper technological society. The exhibition was a contribution to the 2015 B3 Biennial of the Moving Image.

The opening’s guest speakers were: Prof. Dr. Felix Semmelroth (Deputy Mayor in Charge of Culture of the City of Frankfurt/Main), Goenawan Mohamad (Chairman, National Committee Indonesia Guest of Honor Frankfurt Book Fair 2015), Franziska Nori (Director, Frankfurter Kunstverein) und Asikin Hasan (Co-curator, “Roots. Indonesian Contemporary Art”).