Ice Cold

The dark side of power. Fake news, self-destruction, the norm and drops of water
7 Juni – 20 October 2018

Judith Neunhäuserer - Passage

Judith Neunhäuserer, Passage, 2018, © Judith Neunhäuserer


The term »ICE-COLD«, ambiguously both a phenomenon of nature and a state of mind, is the motif of this exhibition. It is an attempt to portray the social status quo and takes aim at the dark side of political power in light of climate change and fake news as well as the sense of futility and resignation brought about by humanity’s hostility and self-destruction.

In March of 2018, the scientific magazine Science published a study that showed that falsehoods spread by Twitter spread quicker, more often and further that factual news reports. Campaigns of disinformation effectively contest human responsibility for global warming. Conspiracy theories are booming, hiding behind deliberately launched fake news, and threatening liberal society.

For the thematically complex project ICE-COLD. The Dark Side of Power, the ERES Foundation is particularly proud to have acclaimed German artist Stephan as the exhibition curator. Huber juggles with the diverse aspects of the subject matter, breaks out of rigid perspectives, and allows the thoughtfully selected and precisely calibrated works of art speak for themselves and in relation to one another: Ice-Cold but with poetic artistic license.

Artists: Ken Adam, Chris Burden, Felix Burger, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Stephan Huber, Mathias Kessler, Sigalit Landau, Gerhard Merz, Judith Neunhäuserer, Hermann Pitz, Spencer Platt, Andreas Schmitten, Emma Stibbon

Curator: Stephan Huber

Scientists: Stephan Lewandowsky, Stefan Rahmstorf, Stefan Römer

Program: Dr. Sabine Adler


Eiskalt - Katalog

Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue, 128 pages (german/english), EUR 10,00
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Emma Stibbon - Broken Ground I - Detail

Emma Stibbon, Broken Ground I (Detail), 2017, © Emma Stibbon / Galerie Bastian, Berlin

Hermann Pitz - Goccie d’Aqua

Hermann Pitz, Goccie d’Aqua, 1988, © Hermann Pitz, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Foto: ERES-Stiftung / Thomas Dashuber

Felix Burger - Coldness as a Metaphor

Felix Burger, Coldness as a Metaphor, 2018, © Felix Burger / director of photography: Lion Bischof, Foto: ERES-Stiftung / Thomas Dashuber

Stephan Huber - Letzte Tage

Stephan Huber, Letzte Tage, 2018, © Stephan Huber, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Foto: ERES-Stiftung / Thomas Dashuber


Tuesday, 3 July 2018, 7 pm

Prof. Dr. Stefan Römer, Art Critic/Historian, Berlin University of the Arts
No Original – Fake and Appropriation Art. Fake as an Artistic Strategy (in German)

Wednesday, 18 July 2018, 7 pm

Die Künstler Felix Burger, Stephan Huber, Mathias Kessler, Judith Neunhäuserer, Hermann Pitz und Andreas Schmitten diskutieren über Fake News, Verschwörungstheorien, Selbstzerstörung, Wassertropfen, Kühlschränke und eiskalte Tage in der Antarktis.
Moderation: Dr. Heinz Schütz

Saturday, 15 September 2018, 3 pm

Logbuch der letzten Antarktisexpedition, Live-Szene 2018
Performance zur Arbeit von Judith Neunhäuserer mit Anna-Maria Hirsch und Karen M. Ernst
Anschließend Führung durch die Ausstellung EISKALT

Monday, 17 September 2018, 7pm

Prof. Stephan Lewandowsky FAcSS, Psychologist, University of Bristol
»Alternative facts«, climate change and conspiracy theories (in English)
Followed by an artist talk with Emma Stibbon