Thomas Kilpper. State of Control

June 20 – July 26, 2009

Installation view linoleum cuts, canteen in the former Ministry for State Security of the GDR, 2009
Photo: n.b.k./Jens Ziehe

Opening: Friday, June 19

7 pm opening, former GDR Ministry for State Security (MfS), Normannenstr. 19
Speakers include:
Marius Babias (director n.b.k.)
Dr. Eugen Blume (director Hamburger Bahnhof)
from 10 pm Basso-Bar

6-9 pm opening, n.b.k., Chaussestr.128/129, 10115 Berlin-Mitte

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein is realizing a project with artist Thomas Kilpper at the former GDR Ministry for State Security (MfS), which is being made accessible to the public for the first time. Additional works by the artist will be shown at the same time in the spaces at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein.
In his floor cuttings, Berlin artist Thomas Kilpper, born in Stuttgart, engages with German history. His large-scale intervention on 1,600 square meters offers a historical retrospective on various state concepts of surveillance and repression, from the Nazi period to the digital present.
The divided history of Germany that can be read in this building and in the cut motifs and imprints in the floor is also one of resistance against systems of injustice. In this work, Klipper chronicles the history of both German states and the events from 1989/90 until today.

Curated by Marius Babias

Karl Marx (philosopher), Stephan Dillemuth (artist), dance macabre (15th cent.), Henry Abraham (pensioner), wood cuts from: The Ring, 2000; State of Control, blend of linoleum cuts, 2009; Reinhard Gehlen, head of Fremde Heere Ost, FHO (1942-1945) and president of the Federal Intelligence Service, BND (1956-1968), from: Don`t look back, 1998
Photo: n.b.k./Jens Ziehe

Book series n.b.k. Exhibition
A catalog will be published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, including a preface by Marius Babias and an interview with Clemens Krümmel, 144 pages with color illustrations, German/English, 19.80 EUR (15 EUR reduced).


Former GDR Ministry for State Security (MfS),
Normannenstr. 19, 10365 Berlin-Lichtenberg
(near Research Center and Memorial Site Normannenstraße, so-called Stasi-Museum)
Thursday – Sunday  11 am – 7pm

(Artist talk and guided tours will be held in German.)

Thursday, June 25, 2009, n.b.k. (Chausseestraße 128/129

7 pm Artist talk with Thomas Kilpper (artist) and Marius Babias (curator)

Thursday, July 09, 2009, former MfS (Normannenstraße 19

8 pm Concert
Erste Stufe Haifisch (GER) / Victim (GB)

Thursday, July 16, 2009, former MfS (Normannenstraße 19

5 pm Guided tour Research Center and Memorial Site Normannenstraße (so called Stasi-Museum) and exhibiton walk tofether with Thomas Kilpper (artist) und Sophie Goltz (Communication / Education n.b.k.)

Saturday, July 18, 2009, n.b.k. (Chausseestraße 128/129

8 pm Concert
Arnold Dreyblatt Ensemble

Exhibition and programme were made possible through the financial support of: