outsider art und other oddities
Tommi Brem is, among other things, a stage designer and translator with an interest in contemporary art. From 2008 until 2010, he helped build ‘Independent Collectors’, an international platform for art collectors. His first cooperation with the Stadthaus was ‘Welcome to my World!’, an exhibition with works by the American ‘outsider’ artist Daniel Johnston (summer 2013). He curated an exhibition of book cover illustrations by Eyke Volkmer (2014) and of photos from Randy Taylor’s archive, which was almost completely destroyed during hurricane Sandy (2015). After curating the retrospective of clay-mation artist Bruce Bickford (2017), he was responsible for the exhibitions ‘Boxing Cuba’ by Katharina Alt and most recently the bizarre-kitschy world of Heike Sauer (both in 2019). Tommi also created the installation of 12 Ulm-photographs by F.A. Oppenheim from 1856 (2016).
contemporary music - KlangHaus
Jürgen Grözinger, who comes from Ulm but lives in Berlin, is a renowned percussionist and composer. Besides being active in the realm of classical music, he initiates ensembles and projects that strive to blur the lines between contemporary classical music and improvisation, between traditional concert hall settings and the club and lounge scene. He has been the artistic director of ‘neue musik im stadthaus’ since its inauguration in 1996, which is now called ‘KlangHaus’. Jürgen Grözinger’s talents as a photographer became evident in his series "Luminous - Licht im islandischen Winter", which was shown as part of the exhibition ‘Bright Moments’, commemorating the Stadthaus’ 25th anniversary.
After completing her studies at FU Berlin and Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (MA, focus on industrial architecture and design of the 20th century), the art historian from Essen has been working at Kunsthaus Essen and the German Poster Museum Essen. She also held guided tours for Kulturstiftung Ruhr in Essen and the Kulturhistorische Museum in Osnabrück. Since she moved to Ulm, she has been offering guided tours for the Stadthaus and the Museum Brot und Kunst. The mother of two also does volunteer work at Mukoviszidose Förderverein Ulm e.V.
Dr. Raimund Kast
contemporary art, photography
Cultural manager, art historian and literary scholar – he is a jack of all trades and has been curating exhibitions of contemporary art at the Stadthaus since 1996. He is also responsible for the programme in cooperation with Ulmer Verein für moderne Musik, where he is the chairman. He is on the advisory board of pro arte ulmer kunststiftung and runs his own culture office, organising concerts all over Europe that bridge the gap between Jazz and contemporary classical music. To try and list all his exhibitions at the Stadthaus would require way too much space. To name a few, he worked on ‘Bright Moments’, commemorating the Stadthaus’ 25th anniversary (2018) the FLATZ exhibition ‘Hitler. A Dog’s Life’, an exhibition of Douglas Kirkland’s photographs of Monroe and Chanel (both in 2019), as well as the retrospective of Ulm artist Thomas Kahl (2020).
architecture for kids / teenagers / school classes and families
Silvia Keppler fragments the Stadthaus into 48 basic bodies, before working out the properties of the building: She uses her modular Stadthaus model in programs such as ‘Kultur auf der Spur’ (‘discovering architecture’) and ‘Kulturlöwen’ (‘lions of culture’) to initiate contact with architecture in a playful way. It’s not that easy to assemble the building ‘correctly’ – not just for children and teenagers. She proficiently explains, in guided tours for families for example, what the deal is with ‘swimming pool ladders’ and ‘flying carpets’ at the Stadthaus.
Silvia Keppler studied fine arts at AdbK Karlsruhe, was a visiting student at HfK Karlsruhe (science of art, philosophy), spent a year in Mexico City on a fellowship, continued studying fine arts at HfK Bremen, where she was a master-class student in 2016. She has been working as an artist and photographer since 2017.
Dr. Katharina Menzel-Ahr
She is a sinologist, art historian and did her doctorate on the war photography of Lee Miller. Katharina Menzel-Ahr started working for the Stadthaus in 2000 with an exhibition of works by Israeli photographer Micha Bar-Am, followed by ‘Nightscapes- Fotografien der Nacht’ (2001), Stefan Hunstein (2002), ‘Hausordnungen’ (2003) and – with Antje Krause-Wahl – ‘Erblätterte Identitäten’ (2006). Katharina Menzel-Ahr worked at the Faculty of History and Arts at Universität Leipzig before she moved first to Nierstein am Rhein and then back to her hometown Bielefeld. After spending some time with her family, she returned to the Stadthaus in summer 2013, with an exhibition of works by Michael Schäfer. Most recently she organised the successful exhibition ‘The Longing for Colour’ (2016/17), presenting traditional Amish quilts from the Schlumberger collection.
For the Stadthaus, Wiebke Ratzeburg developed the exhibitions ‘Kosmos. Neue Fotografien aus dem Weltraum’ and ‘Südafrika fotografisch 1950 - 2010. Apartheid - Struggle -Democracy’. The photography historian and cultural manager was director of Museum für Photographie Braunschweig, with which we cooperated. In the meantime, she moved to Stuttgart with her family, where she helped develop the ‘Fotosommer Stuttgart’ and worked as a research assistant at Kunsthochschule Stuttgart (faculty of media conservation, special subject photography). In 2012, Wiebke Ratzeburg was appointed director of the Stadtmuseum Tübingen. At the Stadthaus she curated exhibitions of works by Jodi Bieber (2012), Oliver Hartung (2013), of West-African photography (2014) and on the topic of ‘Cross Dressing’ (2016).
man, space, landscape
In 2009, the landscape architect – who is on the advisory board ‘dialog:grün’, which advises the city of Ulm on green space planning – accompanied our photography project ‘So weit draußen war ich nicht’ (‘I haven’t been that far out’) about the outskirts of Ulm. While she may not be a curator in the traditional sense, she is an expert in digital photography and image processing, and she has a very keen eye for photography. She is also an expert at crossing borders: As a trained gardener and a geospatial scientist she has both feet on the ground, but as a glider pilot she is used to fly freely. Annette Schellenberg curated our exhibition about abandoned places, whose inhabitants were relocated, and an exhibition with Alexandra Vogt. She also supports our bee-project ‘Fette Beute’, which has been an inherent part of the Stadthaus concept since 2014, with her expertise in gardening and her wealth of knowledge about plants.
guided (international) tours
there is more that connects us than what sets us apart
Brought up in post-soviet Uzbekistan with Korean roots, Elsa Schröttle moved to Ulm in 2013 because of her Swabian husband. In Uzbekistan she worked as a travel guide, now she teaches English and offers guided tours through Ulm and the Stadthaus. Elsa enjoys travelling and learning foreign languages; she loves exploring cultures and meeting people. Her numerous projects keep her busy, such as projects that bring together people from different countries: She was involved in the development of ‘Multikultour - Ulm Internationale Stadtspaziergänge’. The cooperation between Elsa and Stadthaus Ulm started in 2017 during the exhibition ‘Pictures of North Korea’. As an intercultural person, she was able to convey the diversity of this mysterious country and to shine a light on its hidden side. Currently, Elsa helps us to extend our international reach
projects for kids
She’s got creativity and phantasy in spades; she can draw and craft; she laughs a lot. And she loves to do all of the above with kids. Born in Saxony and a mother of three – she’s even a grandma – led her first project for kids at the Stadthaus in 2013, when we were looking to offer a programme to accompany our Daniel Johnston exhibition. As part of our contribution to the ‘Ferienexpress’, she worked on comics with the kids. It was so successful that she added a whole series, ‘Fette Beute’, for our bee-project. In 2017 she got her certificate as hospital clown, now making people of all ages happy as ‘Rösli’. Look for her projects for kids in our programme!