The Playground Project
– 28 October 2018
Consisting of an exhibition and a walk-in playground, “The Playground Project” shows the history, the purpose, and the possibilities offered by playing.
The Bundeskunsthalle describes “The Playground Project” as an “art playground for the whole family”. It is divided into an indoor and an outdoor area, where art and play meet in different ways. Fourteen contemporary artists have been given the opportunity to let off some creative steam and design interactive installations that invite visitors of all ages to play on the roof and forecourt of the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn. Everything is included from a 42-metre long half-pipe designed by Michel Majerus, to a three-seater swing by the artist collective Superflex, which invites you to enjoy the experience with others, to “The Collectivity Project” by Ólafur Elíasson, a barrel of white Lego bricks that visitors are constantly transforming into something new. The many offerings all have one thing in common: they want to make playing a tool to support personal and social skills and invite people to actively enjoy art.
An exhibition on the theme of the playground has been designed as an indoor project in the Bundeskunsthalle, which describes the playground phenomenon as an “experimental space for art and society”. Using numerous photographs, objects, and images, the exhibition sheds light on the topic of playing from a creative perspective. In addition to showing past and future concepts of playgrounds, the exhibition also highlights their influence on the city and its inhabitants, and their aesthetic demands. Sculptures to play on and creative spaces are also available in the exhibition to allow visitors to experience play in practice.