1 July – 24 Septem­ber 2017

Tired of doves, rainbows and flower-bedecked weapons? In a discursive group exhibition, the SCHIRN heads away from that familiar territory. International artists present works that offer a new, contemporary perspective on this topic.


Peace is not just any old thing like a stone or a chair. It’s not an object, and anyone who views it that way is definitely mistaken. Instead, peace is a process. It manifests itself in interaction and communication – not only between people, but between all the different players within an ecosystem. This viewpoint is fundamentally different from the humanist perspective, which famously places the human being exclusively at the center of everything.

The focus is shifting away from people and towards the environment: to water, to plants, animals, even to inanimate objects. It’s about renouncing the exploitative, ultimately harmful economy that is always focused on human beings. And it’s about a general criticism of the “master of the world” and his strategies of appropriation and utilization.

The exhibition also highlights the fundamental social systems, such as language or rituals of giving and taking, without which human life would not even be possible. All this is being discussed anew from the perspective of peace. The question here is not what peace is, but rather how peace works. How you look at things without immediately wanting to utilize and exploit them. What the politics of flora and fauna actually mean. And so on and so on.

Numerous live events will be taking place throughout the full duration of the exhibition. These include lectures, readings and poetry performances, as well as dance and music, scent-based activities, tastings and much more. The entire program is aimed at participation and is being compiled in cooperation with the participating artists.


Jan de Cock, Minerva Cuevas, Ed Fornieles, Michel Houellebecq, Surasi Kusolwong, Isabel Lewis, Lee Mingwei, Katja Novitskova, Heather Phillipson, Agnieszka Polska, Timur Si-Qin, Ulay

Public guided tour in english 14 September, 7 PM

Lee Mingwei

An interview with the artist

Isabel Lewis

With her Occasions Lewis offers visitors music and dance, but also very special sensory impressions using scent and taste.

PEACE. Everything but Peace

Imagine there’s peace and no one shows up. An essay by Matthias Ulrich on the PEACE exhibition.

Surasi Kusolwong

With "Golden Ghost" the artist not only gives a gift to the SCHIRN visitors, but to the city as a whole.

For a Peace Treaty with Plants

Michael Marder, professor of philosophy, asks for a peace treaty with plants.

An Inexhaustible Goodwill. From leaves to politics

For centuries, language and labor have defined the position of human. How can we leave that position to become a flower? A passion flower, even?

Agnieszka Polska

An almost meditative, contemplative calm surrounds you as you watch the video work The Body of Words.

Minerva Cuevas

In her work égalité the Mexican artist examines the food industry.

Katja Novitskova

With her installation PATTERN OF ACTIVATION (planetary bonds), she raises the question of how an entirely technologized future might look.

Heather Phillipson

In the film installation 100 % OTHER FIBRES the protagonist is called Gavin – a poodle whose traumatic experiences and stress mean he no longer wants to exist.

Ed Fornieles

The British artist created a social game that simulates apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic scenarios.



Lee Mingwei

Our ears are urged to perceive sounds – and our eyes to see the beauty of the blossoms.

Michel Houellebecq

Michel Houellebecq‘s Salle Clément is dedicated to his loyal companion, his Pembroke Corgi who died in 2013.

Timur Si-Qin

With forests, mountains and seas the artist promotes a place of inner peace and calm.

Lee Mingwei

The artist's Letter Writing Project tackles desires and profound longing, as well as the fears about articulating them.

Jan De Cock

Everything For You Frankfurt. A gift to the city, the population, and the architecture.

Inventing Peace

Mary Zournazi questions how to create peace in the 21st century.


Whose water is it? presents the complexity and depth of water as a material in a way that is simple, visual and acoustic.

Decolonizing Nature

Art historian T. J. Demos analyzes different proposals to combine ecological sustainability, climate justice, and radical democracy.

A New Peace-Logo

Out of 600 submissions the jury chose the logo.

opening and summer party

FRIDAY, 30 JUNE 2017, 7 PM