RADAR. Current projects from art schools

September 16 to October 21, 2018

With RADAR. CURRENT PROJECTS FROM ART HIGH SCHOOLS begins a new exhibition series in the Kunstforum der TU Darmstadt. From September 16 to October 21, 2018, RADAR will present selected works by young students from renowned regional and national art academies.

RADAR is the 11th exhibition of the Kunstforum der TU Darmstadt, founded in February 2016. Since its foundation, young artists have been the focus of the exhibition program. In the summer of 2016 sculptor Carola Keitel made with OUT OF ORDER the first institutional solo exhibition, which also took place in the outer area of ​​the spacious grounds of TU Darmstadt. FEARLESS. The work of ten artists working to win the awards for young artists took center stage (23 April to 25 June 2017). Nazli Moripek's video installation Today I Remember You was shown in public for the first time in the exhibition LOST IN TRANSITION (September 24 to December 10, 2017).

RADAR takes as a new – regularly held – exhibition format of the Kunstforum der TU Darmstadt surprising and original artistic positions in the focus, which have attracted attention during the annual tours of well-known art schools. As part of the supporting program, a new event format will be established for the first time together with the 806qm Cultural Center: guided tour and EXTRA, organized by the participating artists.

The opening act will be given by Guy Gormley and Lisa Gutscher of the Städelschule Frankfurt, Isabell Ratzinger of the Academy of Design Offenbach, Danae Hoffmann, Jonas Müller-Ahlheim, and Dominic Scharfenberg of the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe.

The works of these six artists working in very different ways revolve around the question of space. They are expressed in various media, such as painting, installation or skultpture – or by action in public space.

Friendly supported by

Carlo & Karin Giersch Stiftung

Guy Gormley (* 1985, London) is currently a graduate of Städelschule Frankfurt. The artist and musician previously studied at Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London, is co-founder of the London / Stockholm Club Night, the record label Top Nice, and the curatorial project BRICKHOUSE. His artistic work includes photography, sculpture, and sound. In the exhibition RADAR his installation 13a The Crescent will be shown. Together with Lisa Gutscher, he will realize an art action in public space as well as musically and performatively organize the pre-finissage party of RADAR on October 19 at 10 p.m. in the 806qm.

Exhibitions (selection)

  • 2014 Impossible Fade, Lima Zulu, London
  • 2018 Going Cold, Johanne, Städelschule Frankfurt
  • 2018 After Rubens, Städel Museum Frankfurt

Lisa Gutscher (* 1991, Stuttgart) is interested in the relationship between conceptual and physical aspects of forms, objects, and materials. Language plays an important role in her works, which oscillate between abstraction and concretion, and mostly forms their starting point. This will also be the case with the art action she is planning in public space with Guy Gormley. Lisa Gutscher studies since 2017 at the Städelschule in the class of Judith Hopf. Her works have already been shown at various exhibition venues, such as W139 (2017, Amsterdam), Museum U, (2016, Dortmund 2016), SANAA (2016, Essen). Her artist book about the city of Essen and its past was promoted in 2016 by Kulturbüro Essen. In 2015 she received the scholarship of the Marianne Ingenwerth Foundation for her studies on abstraction.

The sculptures by Danae Hoffmann (* 1994, Neustadt an der Weinstrasse) are expressed in abstract, installative compositions made of steel, foam or even plastic foil. They associate everyday places, objects or situations. Danae Hoffmann studies since 2013 at the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe, first with Marijke van Warmerdam painting and graphics, since 2017 with Ulla von Brandenburg. In 2017, she graduated with an Erasmus scholarship to the École nationale supérieure des beaux arts paris to Bojan Sarcevic.

Awards and Exhibitions: 2016 Academy Award of the Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe 2015 Self Titled, Galerie Ciao, Karlsruhe 2016 Young artists at Villa Böhm, Kunstverein Neustadt an der Weinstraße, 2016 Beyond the real, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (CH) 2017 Exchange exhibition, Gallery Droite, Ensba, Paris

Jonas Müller Ahlheim (* 1993, Wiesbaden) studies painting and graphic arts at the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe with Marcel van Eeden (2014-2016), since 2016 with Corinne Wasmuht. Since 2017, he has been a member and co-founder of the project space in Berlin, where he curates exhibitions and invites international artists. Based on classical painting, the artistic work of Jonas Müller-Ahlheim develops increasingly interdisciplinary. He uses sculpture and also video to sharpen a sense of space.

Exhibitions (selection)

  • 2017 Kunst hoch 45, selection exhibition of the Cusanuswerk HfBK Dresden
  • 2017 Echo, Junge Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe
  • 2016 Looking for Orgone, space, Karlsruhe
  • 2015 class Marcel van Eeden to guest, Berlin


  • In 2017 Jonas Müller-Ahlheim received the scholarship of the Cusanuswerk, Bonn

Isabell Ratzinger (* 1996, Mainz) has been studying Conceptual Interior Design with Heiner Blum since 2015 at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach. She is co-editor of the 2018 publication “Montag Dienstag” 2018, for which she has also contributed. From elements of everyday life, she invents and builds absurdly futuristic devices that have a purposeful function. In the exhibition RADAR, she will for the first time extensively show works from her BÜRO series and design an additional exhibition space.

Exhibitions (selection)

  • 2015 Ring Ring Ring Hochschule für Gestaltung, Offenbach am Main
  • 2017 group exhibition, Akademie der Künste, Dresden
  • 2018 Motives of received roses, Customs Office Studios, Offenbach am Main
  • 2018 Rinnzekete bee bee nrz krr müü, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden

The abstract paintings by Dominic Scharfenberg (* 1988, Munich) seek what lies hidden behind a supposed reality. Through surface and layering, through color and composition, spaces are created that refer to entropic places and that evade unequivocal cartography. Dominic Scharfenberg originally comes from the creative side. From 2009 to 2012 he studied at the University of Brighton, UK, and has been with the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe with Kalin Lindena since 2014. Together with Thomas Blank and Jonas Müller-Ahlheim, he has been the founder and curator of the project space ßpatz in Karlsruhe since 2017.

Exhibitions (selection)

  • 2016 Looking for Orgone, space, Karlsruhe
  • 2015 Phoenix-BB, Berlin 2013 Secret Behavior (curated by James Gallagher)
  • MoMA PS1, New York 2012 Now What, Netil House, London
  • 2011 Up to Now, RED Gallery, London

Sat, 03.09.2016, 18:00

Welcome to the Kunstforum of the TU Darmstadt, Hochschulstraße 1, with Lord Mayor Jochen Partsch and Laudator Julia Reichelt (Curator Kunstforum of the TU Darmstadt).

Sat, 03.09.2016, 19:30

Vernissage in the Atelierhaus Darmstadt, Riedeselstraße 15, near Tartes, wine and artist talks with Laudator Roland Held.

Wed, 14.09.2016, 18:00

Witness conversation in the Kunstforum of the TU Darmstadt with Leslie Schwartz “Surviving to Auschwitz”.

Sun., 18.09.2016, 17:00

Guided tour in the Atelierhaus Darmstadt with Georg Schrabeck (Curator Atelierhaus Darmstadt).

Sun., 18.09.2016, 18:00

Reading in Atelierhaus Darmstadt with Anja Trieschmann “A Cookie with Milk Coffee – Life Art on Wheels”.

Tue., 20.09.2016, 18:00

Guided tour in the Kunstforum of the TU Darmstadt with Julia Reichelt (Curator Kunstforum of the TU Darmstadt).

Tue., 20.09.2016, 18:30

In the Kunstforum of the TU Darmstadt, Christian Gropper gives an insight into his current filming in the Iraqi Kurdistan “Behind the Fronts”.