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

Ed Fornieles

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

Isabel Lewis

With her occasions Isabel Lewis adresses all senses and invites visitors to make totally new experiences

Lee Mingwei

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

Surasi Kusolwong

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

Michel Houellebecq

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

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?


Surasi Kusolwong invites to a special treasure hunt. In the SCHIRN INTERVIEW he talks about his installation „Golden Ghost (Welcome Back The Spirits)“

Katja Novitskova

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


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.


Jan de Cock makes Frankfurt a special present. In the SCHIRN INTERVIEW he talks about his work „Everything for you, Frankfurt“, which is part of the exhibition PEACE



Lee Mingwei

He celebrates the interaction within interpersonal relationships. In the SCHIRN INTERVIEW he talks about his works in the PEACE exhibition.


Marcus Steinweg on the passion of love


Michel Houellebecq dedicates an intimate memorial to his deceased dog Clément. In the SCHIRN INTERVIEW he talks about the „Salle Clément“ and how it relates to the topic peace

PEACE. Everything but Peace

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

Timur Si-Qin

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


Ed Fornieles makes post-apocalyptic scenarios virtually concrete. In the SCHIRN INTERVIEW he talks about his work „Sim Vol. 1: Existential Risk“, which is part of the exhibition PEACE

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.

Agnieszka Polska

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

Inventing Peace

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

Minerva Cuevas

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

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.


Minerva Cuevas deals with social justice and the treatment of natural resources. In the SCHIRN INTERVIEW she talks about her work „égalité“, which is part of the exhibition PEACE

A New Peace-Logo

Out of 600 submissions the jury chose the logo.

opening and summer party

FRIDAY, 30 JUNE 2017, 7 PM