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This years Rundgang at the Kunstakademie Münster is accompanied by a supporting program called Das Nest (‘the nest’) which includes discussions, readings and musical or artistic performances. Especially for this purpose, students designed an environment for the foyer of the academy in a Workshop led by industrial designer Rodolfo Sampiero They then built it up together as a working group.

Three guests are invited to kick start Das Nest with public discussions about the works on show in the Rundgang: head of the Berlin artist program of the DAAD Melanie Roumiguière, Director of KW Institute for Contemporary Art Krist Gruijthuijsen, and gallerist Barbara Wien. On Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., the guests will introduce themselves to the academy in Das Nest. This meeting will not be open to the public. On Thursday, February 6th, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., they will reflect on the works presented during the tour in a publicly accessible meeting.

After that, until the end of the Rundgang, there is a daily program of events initiated by students and staff. Students and staff can book a time slot in the calendar. Current program information can be found here or directly in the foyer. Documentation of the events can be published on this page after the tour.

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A nest is a place of growth, of being together and departing simultaneously. Here, preparation and exchange toward an independent existence takes place. Here, discussions and further thinking, which are often not so easy, take place in shelter. The Kunstakademie Münster sees itself as a cosmopolitan and ideology-free place that wants to promote a culture of open, critical dialogue and discourse. As a university, it is important to make a courageous statement that stands for these values.

The workshop with Rodolfo Samperio, in which students across classes took part, was already an important starting-point towards not taking these values purely as theory. A spatial structure was developed collaboratively, and now Das Nest enables us to continue in this direction. It creates a place where, together with guests, views are directed beyond the boundaries of the academy.

The foyer with its central location lends itself to this. While you experienced it in everyday life, in particular during previous Rundangs, as a place of passage rather than a place to stay around, this now will have changed due to Das Nest. The Rundgang will now be supplemented on an important level - that of the participation and involvement of our guests. Leaving the passive attitude of consuming and being entertained, becoming active yourself, developing an opinion and representing it, is more important than ever.

By making Das Nest possible, the academy itself becomes active, and will for example not shy away from confrontations. By taking the concerns of students and teachers seriously at a site like this, it offers a platform for various opinions and forms of expression and makes a decisive contribution to ensuring that students and thus the Kunstakademie Münster as a university, are succesfully positioned in a future international realm.

A motivation statement by Katharina Kneip

The Rundgang is the traditional annual exhibition for the students of the University of Fine Arts Münster. It consists of presentations of the respective classes as well as projects and works by groups or individual students, which are exhibited outside of the studios. The classes are free to show individual work or collaborative projects. A team of professors and students is responsible for organizing the Rundgang and curating the spaces outside of the classes. This year these are Prof. Mariana Castillo Deball and Prof. Nicoline van Harskamp as well as the students Katharina Kneip, Tarabea Guastavino San Martín, Zauri Matikashvili, Micael Gonçalves Ribeiro and Veronika Simmering.

The University of Fine Arts Münster is an institution of higher education for fine arts with the right to award doctorates and postdoctoral qualifications (“Habilitation”). Founded as an institute for art educators at the Kunstakademie in 1971, the Kunstakademie Münster became independent in 1987. Around 360 students are currently enrolled, roughly evenly distributed between the fine arts and teacher training courses.

Rundgang opening: Wednesday, February 5th, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
Other opening times: Thursday, February 6th. until Sunday, February 9th from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Münster Art Academy | Leonardo Campus 2 48149 Münster | Germany


Rodolfo Samperio’s workshop took place for a full day in the foyer of the academy in November 2019. After an open call by the curatorial team of the Rundgang 2020, 25 students from different classes took part. The aim was to collaboratively develop a design for a central social space in the academy, in which discursive and performative events could take place during the Rundgang.

It was Samperio’s aim to activate the spatial memory of the foyer and integrate the different uses already embedded in its architecture and daily use, in order to come to a design. The workshop started with a series of collective exercises to explore the space, its functions and possibilities through movement, drawing, sound and discussion. In small teams, the participants then developed proposals – not yet considering technical needs and restrictions – and presented these to the others. A list of objectives and qualities for the final design was decided on collectively, as well as the name of the project. The curatorial team, in close collaboration with Samperio, proposed several versions of the final design in December 2019, after which the actual production of Das Nest by the working group commenced in January 2020.

Rodolfo Sampiero

Rodolfo Samperio is a Mexican industrial designer with an MA from Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. His work has been exhibited internationally, among others as part of the Mexican Architecture Pavilion for the 2016 Venice Biennale. He was awarded the 2019 Red Dot Award for product design. Samperio is the co-founder of Tuux, a design and production studio; El Centro del Espacio (The Centre of the Space), a free knowledge distribution platform about social architecture and design; Probject, an experimental museography and exhibition design studio; and a proud member of Taller Nuevo Norte (New North Workshop), an empowerment workshop through collaborative processes within the migration realities of Mexico.

In his work, Rodolfo Samperio aims to establish the disciplines of art and design as relevant tools for empowerment, and positive social or environmental change.

Rodolfo Sampiero

Krist Gruijthuijsen

Krist Gruijthuijsen is the director of KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin since 2016. Previously, he has served as the artistic director of the Grazer Kunstverein, the director of the MA fine arts of the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam and the co-founding director of Kunstverein in Amsterdam. He has curated and organized numerous projects over the past decade, including Manifesta 7 (Trentino-South Tyrol,IT), Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center (Istanbul), Artists Space (New York, US) and the Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane, AU). Gruijthuijsen has produced, edited and published in collaborations with JRP|Ringier Kunstverlag, Sternberg Press, Mousse Publishing Printed Matter, Inc., Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König and Kunstverein Publishing.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art was founded in the early 1990s by Klaus Biesenbach and a group of young art enthusiasts in a practically derelict former margarine factory in Berlin- Mitte. Since then, KW has delivered a significant contribution to the development of Berlin as an international center for contemporary art. Today, Gruijthuijsen conceives the institution as a social space that facilitates contemplation and exchange between different protagonists and cultures, consistently challenging its audience.

Krist Gruijthuijsen
Photo by Ali Kepenek

Barbara Wien

Barbara Wien studied Germanistik and history in Freiburg and Berlin and worked as an art critic and editor in Berlin before founding the Barbara Wien gallery in 1988. From the outset, the programme was shaped by an interest in the revolutionary artistic concepts of the 1960s and their further development. Following the close collaboration with Dieter Roth and Tomas Schmit, the gallery established a diverse showcase of exhibitions, with accompanying publications, from the likes of Arthur Köpcke, Robert Filliou, Hans-Peter Feldmann and many other artists from the European conceptual art movement.

Barbara Wien represents internationally successful artists of different generations and has taken part in numerous international art fairs. Accompanying the gallery, a bookshop provides artists; books from the 1960s onwards, including many rare publications.

Barbara Wien
Photo by Anna Karpenko

Melanie Roumiguière

Melanie Roumiguière is the Head of Visual Arts of DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, German Academic Exchange Service in Berlin. She studied cultural studies in Hildesheim and was curator and exhibition manager at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin until 2018. Before working for the Nationalgalerie, she was a curatorial assistant for documenta 13. Roumiguière also realised projects at, among others, the MACBA in Barcelona, in the GAK Society for Contemporary Art in Bremen and at the Frankfurter Kunstverein.

The DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program is a residential program for artists of all countries and ages run by the German Academic Exchange Service in Berlin. Originally initiated by the Ford Foundation in 1963, the program has been run by the DAAD – with the assistance of the German Federal Foreign Office and the Senate of Berlin – since 1965. From the very beginning, the Artists-in-Berlin Program was intended to provide more than just funding and accommodation. Its mission was to connect isolated West Berlin with a wider cultural and creative world. Today, the program invites around 20 artists per year working within visual arts, literature, music and film to spend up to a year living and working in Berlin.

Melanie Roumiguière
Photo by Nora Ströbel
Das Nest

The working group for Das Nest is made up of students from across the academy, this far including:

Alik Klein, Constanze Kriester, Elena Mohr , Jin Soo Park, Joshua Knüppe, Joshua Singh, Juli Lee, Katharina Kneip, Leila Orth, Lisa Dohmstreich, Lisa Tschorn, Louisa Vianden, Ludmila Porto, Maria Alejandra Medina Fuentes, Maria Renee Morales Garcia, Meike Schultze Hobeling, Merle Borgmann, Micael Gonçalves Ribeiro, Midori Nagai, Minori Moriyama, Paul Dörper, Robin Neumann, Shuji Inone, Sierra Diamond, Sophie Rebentisch, Tarabea Guastavino San Martín, Theresa Hahner, Tuğba Durukan, Veronika Simmering, Yedam Ann, Yui Tombana, Yuka Kawasakika and Zauri Matikashvili.

Time Wednesday 05.02. Thursday 06.02. Friday 07.02. Saturday 08.02. Sunday 09.02.
10-11 geschlossen        
11-12 Live Performance11Uhr-12Uhr
Live Performance Anna Lea Weiand
Live Performance11Uhr-12Uhr
Live Performance Anna Lea Weiand
Live Performance11Uhr-12Uhr
Live Performance Anna Lea Weiand
Live Performance11Uhr-12Uhr
Live Performance Anna Lea Weiand
12-13 Live Performance 12:00Uhr-12:30Uhr
Live Performance Ludmilla Porto
    Live Performance 12hr-13Uhr
Performance “Think of her” // Story-time telling Maria Reneé Morales Garcia
Performative Kunstvermittlung 12:30Uhr-13:30Uhr
Performative Kunstvermittlung from Prof. Dr. Engel Birgit/ Jana Harth/u.a..
13-14 2 Live Performances 2 Live Peformances
Ludmila Porto 13:00 - 13:20 + 13.20-13.30 Tarabea Guastavino San Martín
2 Live Performances 2 Live Peformances
Ludmila Porto 13:00 - 13:20 + 13.20-13.30 Tarabea Guastavino San Martín
Live Performances13:00Uhr-13:10Uhr
Live Performances - Tarabea Guastavino San Martín
  Discussion 13:30Uhr-15:00Uhr
Discussion organised by students
Live Performance 13:10Uhr-13:40Uhr
Live Performance Viktoria Gudzenko (Außenbereich, sammeln in Das Nest)
Workshop und Demonstration 13:30Uhr-15:00Uhr
Workshop und Demonstration - Joschua Knüppe
14-15 Discussion - Gäste im Nest14Uhr-16Uhr Unsere drei Gäste Krist Gruijthuijsen, Barbara Wien und Melanie Roumiguière reflektiern über die Arbeiten der Studierenden Event14Uhr-15Uhr
Event - Martin Schlathölter - Schrei dich frei!
15-16 Live Performance 15:00Uhr-15:30Uhr
Live Performance - Leila Orth
Live Performance 15:00Uhr-15:30Uhr
Live Performance - Leila Orth
Live Performance 15:00Uhr-15:30Uhr
Live Performance - Leila Orth
16-17   Präsentation und Tour16Uhr-17Uhr
Präsentation und Tour: Jeannette Pieters
17-18 Vorstellung der Gäste17Uhr-18Uhr
Unsere drei Gäste Krist Gruijthuijsen, Barbara Wien und Melanie Roumiguière stellen sich akademie intern den Studenten vor
Live Performance 17:00Uhr-17:10Uhr
Live Performance Tarabea Guastavino San Martín
Live Performance17:30Uhr-18:30Uhr
Live Performance Kreisverkehr by Sierra Diamond
Live Performance 17:30Uhr-18:30Uhr
Live Performance Kreisverkehr by Sierra Diamond
Live Performance 17:30Uhr-18:30Uhr
Live Performance Kreisverkehr by Sierra Diamond
Live Performance 17:30Uhr-18:30Uhr
Live Performance Kreisverkehr by Sierra Diamond
18-19 keine Veranstaltung im Nest
Discussion 18:30Uhr-19:30Uhr
Georg Imdahl
Diskussion über Rundgangs Werke
19-20 Eröffnungsreden Rundgang 19Uhr-20Uhr
Eröffnungsreden Rundgang
Musik 19Uhr-20Uhr
Musik - Almoklove (band)
Live Performance19Uhr-20Uhr
Lisa Tschorn liesst aus Artforum, nackt. Das Modell kann gezeichnet werden. - Mit Lena Skaya.
Studierende diskutieren mit Paul Sochacki und Christopher Paton, Redakteure von Arts of the Working Class
20-21 keine Veranstaltung im Nest geschlossen
22-22:30 Schlusszeremonie 22Uhr-22:30Uhr
Schlusszeremonie Anna Lea Weiand und Mustafa Khalaf