Schau_Raum is a space, dedicated to video art, filmic works and moving image, located at the second floor of the Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg. Driven by discursive and thematic approaches, the space has its own artistic programme and curatorial agenda involving screening formats such as one-time, recurring or looped programmes. In the form of a mini cinema with a stage in front, Schau_Raum is also open for time-based works, performances, readings and discussion programmes.
The main Schau_Raum programme usually includes artistic positions who are dealing with a related topic. The screening programme is either realized in loopings or dedicated to one artistic position. At a certain tune the programme may be connected to the actual exhibition, but can also be a program on its own.

TOUCH TOUCH TOUCH (5 october 2021 – 24 march 2022)

A gentle movement of the fingertips, a handshake, a blow with the fist; but also the sensation of warmth, cold or wind, feeling your way, interpersonal understanding: in this iteration, the Schau_Raum series devotes itself to the tactile and haptic exploration of our environment, our relationships, the I, the you and the we. It provides differentiated access to the world that the sense of touch enables. TOUCH TOUCH TOUCH – a call to action, to physical contact? 

Caitlin Craggs | Barbara Hammer | Tobias Zielony

17 February 2022 | 6 pm
Screening and Q&A
Elliot Blue, No Romo, 2021

Curadted by Sarah Lorbeer

Barbara Hammer, Sync Touch, 1981Courtesy the Estate of Barbara Hammer and KOW, Berlin.

6 May – 9 September 2021

On Gestures of Search and Resistance

Museum für Neue Kunst

A gesture is more than just a movement: it means something, it can be read, it can be utterly decisive. But a gesture can also be insufficient, too little, in that it is more a suggestion of an action. Gestures are part of communication without being complete actions or fixed symbols in themselves.

A gesture carries meaning without representing. It connects to what is perceived, it adopts its expression from what preceded it, borrows, varies it slightly, is still recognisable and yet already bound to a new body. The concept of gesture recalls the inherent situatedness and physical rootedness of communication. Indivisible from the body performing the gesture, it is thus an embodied reference. It circulates between people, embeds itself, takes on new forms and yet remains its old self. Communication is thus detached from its promise of clarity and representation and conceived as something searching, unfinished that solidifies through social interaction but remains mutable at all times. Gestures contest claims to universal comprehensibility with intimacy and familiarity. They counter uniform formal language with constant variation and concepts of borrowing and caring, adapting and changing, anticipating and subverting.

Curated by Diane Hillebrand and Jandra Böttger

Block I
6  May – 16. June
Loretta Fahrenholz
Madeline Hollander

Block I experiments with gestures as choreographic elements. Between staging and randomness, the artists negotiate everyday moments and the individual repetitions of collective gestural vocabularies.

Block II
17 June – 28. July
Elske Rosenfeld
29. July – 9 September
Informal Collective on Western Sahara

Block II focuses on processes of fixing gestures in different political contexts. While the fixation of gestures as symbols of national narratives is problematized, the necessity of making subversive gestures visible as a disruption of hegemonic communication emerges.

Public Program

Lives of Performers (1974) – Commented Screening with Yvonne Hardt, Professor for Dance Studies and Choreography, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln.June 17th, 6pm, online (in German)

Artist Talk with the informal Collective on Western Sahara and Elske Rosenfeld.July 15th, 6 pm, online (in English)

The Gesture as Black Predictive Force Keynote lecture by Sampada Aranke, Assistant Professor for Art History, Theory, Criticism at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago.August 12th, 6 pm, online (in English)



Hiding Our Faces Like a Dancing Wind
(28 May – 5 August 2020)
Forensic Architecture | Yazan Khalili | Ole-Kristian Heyer, Patrick Lohse und Marian Mayland
curated by Didem Yazıcı

Cristina Binetti
(17 February – 15 May 2020)
Frauwild (2019), Sonntag (2018), Traumsequenzen (2017)
curated by Noura Persephone Johnson

Wandernder Schatten. Der Künstler Hermann Scherer
(17 January – 15 March 2020)
A film by René Schraner and Peter Bosshart

Helden sind wieder gefragt
(28 September 2019 – 16 January 2020)
Short film by Karlheinz Scherer


(26 March – 27 September 2019)
Amir Balaban | Nancy Holt & Robert Smithson | Ulysses Jenkins
curated by Noura Persephone Johnson


Uncanny Encounters
(9 October 2018 – 24 March 2019)
Peter Tscherkassy | Bjorn Melhus | Lynn Hershman Leeson
curated by Florian Flömer

Guess who’s dropped in for a bite
(30 January – 26 April 2018)
Martina Wegener | Frédéric Ehlers


Grounds for Hope
(26 September – 5 November 2017)
Marianne Fahmy | Desire Machine Collective | Maria Iorio / Raphaël Cuomo
curated by Didem Yazıcı

In this way
(7 November – 17 December 2017)
Rojda Tugrul | Şener Özmen | Savaş Boyraz| Hito Steyerl
Programme by ASA

Between us
(19. Dezember 2017 – 28. Januar 2018)
Erkan Özgen | Nilbar Güreş | Cengiz Tekin
Programme by ASA


I will find my way
(11 October 2016 – 24 March 2017)

Paolo Nazareth | Isabell Heimerdinger
curated by Finn Schütt

Freundschaftsspiel (Agar Ugur Collection)
(9 July – 9. October 2016)
Anna Eriksson | Hale Tenger | Hale Tenger | CANAN | Aslı Çavuşoğlu | Zeyno Pekünlü | Aykan Safoğlu | Didem Pekün | Şener Özmen | İnci Eviner | Leyla Gediz | Nilbar Güreş | Ferhat Özgür |Erdem Taşdelen
curated by Didem Yazıcı

On how to become a real person
(19 March – 7 July 2016)
Gillian Wearing | Jeremy Shaw | Tracey Emin
curated by Jennifer Smailes


(1 September – 25 October 2015)
Frances Bodomo | NeÏl Beloufa | Bedwyr Williams
curated by Jennifer Smailes

(1 July – 30 August 2015)
John Smith | Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook | Mark Wallinger
curated by Jennifer Smailes

Get Away from it all
(19 May – 30. June 2015)
Laure Prouvost | Borga Kantürk | Ani Schulze
curated by Didem Yazıcı

Middle of the Path
(14 March – 30 April 2015)
Ursula Mayer | Leylâ Gediz |Simone Fattal
curated by Didem Yazıcı


Isabella Rossellini Green Porno, 2008
(21 October 2014 – 22 February 2015)

Corinna Schnitt
(27 February 2014 – 17 July 2014)
Once upon a time, (2005), Tee trinken, (2012), Ballspielen, (2013), Spielplatz, (2007), Von einer Welt, (2007)


Ulf Aminde
(28 September 2013 – 26 January 2014)
Schamdruck, (2009), Frontalunterricht, (2009)
Workshops of Ulf Aminde / Felix Ensslin
(Akademie der Künste Stuttgart)
with Alicia Hernandez Westpfahl, Sabrina Karl, Julia Wirsching, Katharina Jabs, Gabriel Hensch, Bjoern Kühn, Anna Gohmert, Adrianna Liedtke, Leonora Ruchay, Nora Denneberg, Anna Romanenko, Huang Zhifen

Opening hours

Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m

Admission fees

with special exhibition
7 euros / concession 5 euros


Get your ticket directly at the museum or book online in advance.


Museum für Neue Kunst
Marienstraße 10a
79098 Freiburg im Breisgau
Tel.: +49 761 201-2583
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