The artists group Die Weissenhofer has been founded in 1995 (with Sebastian Rogler until 2001 and with Thomas Raschke until 2003) in the sense of a cofraternity (Lucasbund), that preach for their artistic aims, among which are the production of intelligent hand made art with pictural vocabulary from every-day life and the pop culture. They also share a common marketing strategy.
In lieu of the manifest of other avant-garde groups, the Weissenhofer use the artist legend: „In their early young years, the Weissenhofer brothers escaped from their poor existance in Wallis, where they financed their families by graving spoons and painting alpine motives on wooden slices, into the new world…“ (Martin Stather). Soon, the artists gain big success in the States and return to Old Europe as Live Rock Musicians and Artist Legends.
The Weissenhofer are representative for artist groups as strategic collectives: The connection between fine arts and musical performance, self staging and public relations, the insertion of individual contacts, allocation of tasks and the use of individual assets, development of exhibition ideas, collective installations and actions as well as locally adapted forms of presentation, common catalogues and prints, artistic exchange.
The 10-year anniversary of the group will be celebrated in a programmatic evening. Their life rock performance will merge the former cast with Thomas Raschke and Sebastian Rogler. Additionally to the celebration talk and the performance art, videos by the Weissenhofer and about the group will be screened and the public will have access to an archive of invitation cards, posters, scetches, letters. The event will be accompanied by fan articles and intense conversations, as well as candle light and drinks.
Die Weissenhofer – mobile immobile
Publisher: Mannheimer Kunstverein
Publishing company: Verlag das Wunderhorn, Heidelberg
The series Visit is a open platform for the presentation and discussion of contemporary art. Künstlerhaus offers to everyone interested, the possibility to propose ideas or concepts for discussions, talks and screenings. The compilation for the series is made by a group of members that meets frequently.