Press releases | Culture 09.06.2011


WUNDER (miracles) is an exhibition on the boundaries of occidental rationality; its outer, inner and historical boundaries. Centred around contemporary art, the interdisciplinary exhibition will explore the extraordinary; mysterious healings, incredible natural occurrences and the wondrous unknown, unexpected technical innovations, artistic ideas and also sheer coincidences. The exhibition by the Deichtorhallen Hamburg and Siemens Stiftung, is curated by the Berlin curatorial office Prauth. It will be running from 23 September 2011 to 5 February 2012 in the Deichtorhallen Hamburg. A special track for children has been built into the exhibition, weaving a course around the museum and directed exclusively at children. The supporting programme includes a variety of events such as a series of films, along with activities and interventions in public spaces in the city.

The exhibits are from all areas of society, and trace how Christianity and ancient philosophy of nature have influenced our perception of miracles. A miracle is recognized as being a window onto the world from which art, science and technology have emerged. While the latter are more geared towards being functional and goal-oriented, art characteristically has a greater degree of freedom, continually offering new dimensions and opening up dialogue.

The window that epitomizes a miracle in our culture always draws attention to a deficiency, a gap that, as much as we would like to be able to do so, we can not close. It is the impetus behind masterpieces in both art and technology. The exhibition in the Deichtorhallen Hamburg puts the occidental world view and its fragile interpretational skills up for discussion. It compares the unique connections between religious, scientific and artistic motifs with alternative points of view, such as those found in Islam and other cultures.

The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue published by Snoeck Verlag, containing approximately 150 illustrations, and essays written by authors such as Zygmunt Bauman, Robert Pfaller, and Peter Geimer.

The exhibition presents works by Francis Alÿs, Kader Attia, César Baldaccini, Joseph Beuys, Dara Birnbaum, Cosima von Bonin, Olga Chernysheva, Nathan Coley, Ceal Floyer, Hans Graf, Andreas Gursky, Susan Hefuna, Susan Hiller, Jonathan Horowitz, Sven Johne, Helmut & Johanna Kandl, Martin Kippenberger and Albert Oehlen, Julia Kissina, Terence Koh, Igor & Svetlana Kopystiansky, Philipp Lachenmann, Mark Leckey, Armin Linke, Ingeborg Lüscher, Kris Martin, Hiroyuki Masuyama, Henri Michaux & Eric Duvivier, Joseph Ignaz Mildorfer, Julia Montilla, Timo Nasseri, Paul Nougé, Reto Pulfer, Julien Prévieux, Walid Ra’ad/The Atlas Group, Johann von Schraudolph, Thomas Schütte, Shirana Shahbazi, Katharina Sieverding, Roman Signer, Thomas Struth, Alina Szapocznikow, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel, Fiona Tan, Javier Téllez, Jalal Toufic, James Turrell, Timm Ulrichs, Susan MacWilliam, Erwin Wurm along with a multitude of scientific and cultural-historical exhibits such as the „Wunderwaffe“ V2 (wonder weapon V2), the Hamburg patent for sparklers (“Wunderkerzen”), historical Wundergläser (a special kind of microscope), votive pictures, a magnetic St. Benedict's crucifix, Sal mirabilis (Glauber salt), beatification files, a splendid Qu’ran, deep sea fish, pamphlets from the 16th Century, a perpetuum mobile as well as magic wands, Aladdin’s wonderlamp, miracle pills, witches’ cauldron and Goethe's conjuring set.

Deichtorhallen Hamburg
Halle für aktuelle Kunst
Deichtorstrasse 1-2
20095 Hamburg

22 September 2011, 7 pm

Press conference
22 September 2011, 11 am

23 September 2011 – 5 February 2012
Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 6 pm
Every first Thursday in the month, 11 am – 9 pm (except on national holidays)
25 and 26 December, 11 am – 6 pm
1 January, 1 pm – 6 pm
Closed Mondays, 24 December and 31 January



The Siemens Stiftung, a non-profit foundation under German civil law, was founded in 2008 by Siemens AG. The foundation works on projects designed to strengthen civil society, particularly in Africa, Latin America and Germany / Europe. Its aim is to make a long-term contribution to reducing poverty and improving education. The foundation operates in three areas: It supports expanding basic services and improving social structure; initiates educational projects; and helps reflect cultural identities and arts. Within the frame-work of this holistic approach, the support offered by Siemens helps lay the foundations for active cultural scenes and intense exchange between artists from experimental fields while exploring the present day.The Deichtorhallen Hamburg is Europe's largest exhibition centre for contemporary art and photography. The two historical buildings built in 1911 / 1913 have a very distinctive open steel and glass architecture, offering today a space for major international shows. They are divided into the Halle für Aktuelle Kunst (hall for contemporary art), and the House of Photography. Since 2011 the two buildings on the edge of Hamburg's artistic district leading to the HafenCity have been expanded to include the Sammlung Falconberg (Falckenberg Collection) in the Hamburg district Harburg. Since the opening of the Deichtorhallen in 1989, over 160 large exhibitions have been housed there. Further information can be found at www.deichtorhallen.deThe Praxis für Ausstellungen und Theorie [Hürlimann | Lepp | Tyradellis] is an curatorial office that develops theme-based exhibitions at the intersection where art meets science. Founded in 2001, the office combines expertise in art history, cultural studies, philosophy and media theory, together with many years of experience in handling space and objects. The office has successfully developed conceptually and visually innovative exhibitions, such as Arbeit in the Deutsches Hygiene Museum Dresden, SCHMERZ in Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin and the Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charité, as well as PSYCHOanalyse and 10+5=Gott in the Jewish Museum Berlin. Their most recent project is the exhibition Max Frisch which is currently showing in the Museum Strauhof in Zürich. Further information can be found at