What are the Clouds?


November 18, 2017 – March 4, 2018
Exhibition Opening: November 17, 2017, 7 p.m.

The exhibition What Are the Clouds? takes as its point of departure the Reformation Anniversary to reflect on freedom, emancipation, and imagination. The exhibition’s starting point is Pier Paolo Pasolini’s short film Che cosa sono le nuvole? (What Are the Clouds?) from the year 1968. Here, Pasolini stages the Shakespeare drama Othello as a marionette theater where the puppets—played by actors—challenge both their roles and the plot, with even the audience rebelling against Shakespeare’s narrative.

The exhibition thematizes the aesthetic and discursive planes of resistance and participation in What Are the Clouds?, but also its political and social implications. It shows artistic positions that explore current ideas of freedom, emancipation, and imagination and that interrelate historical and contemporary perspectives.

Artwork will be shown by Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme, CPKC (Emily Fahlén, Peter Spillmann, Marion von Osten), Tim Etchells, Glenn Ligon, Frédéric Moser & Philippe Schwinger, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Catarina Simao, Ana Torfs, Ana Vaz, among many others.

Single ticket: € 5 / 3 reduced
Combo Ticket 1 with Reformation in Württemberg, special exhibition by the Landesarchiv BW in the old section of the Kunstgebäude: € 10 / 6 reduced
Combo Ticket 2 with Alexander Kluge: Gardens of Cooperation at the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart: € 10 / 6 reduced

Ticket office
Tel +49 172 344 6977

Opening hours
Tues., Thurs.–Sun.: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Wed.: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Free guided tours
Every sunday, 5 p.m.

School students guided by peers
Free guided tours for school classes on weekdays, appointments upon request (gebhard_lehner@kunstgebaeude.org)

Individual tours
Appointments upon request (gebhard_lehner@kunstgebaeude.org)
60 min. / € 50 + reduced admission

Current Events


Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme
CPKC (Emily Fahlén, Peter Spillmann, Marion von Osten)
Tim Etchells
Glenn Ligon
Frédéric Moser & Philippe Schwinger

Pier Paolo Pasolini
Catarina Simão
Ana Torfs
Ana Vaz


Moreover, the mediatheque—in development since New Narratives: Thinking Economics Differently—with material related to publications, research, and film on the Kunstgebäude projects will be accessible for the entire duration of the exhibition.

Framework Program

Moreover, a public complementary program will accompany the exhibition free of charge, featuring performances, films, lectures, workshops, and discussions. Invited in addition to the artists involved in the exhibition are other international guests. In a public forum, civil society initiatives will come together and work in transdisciplinary workshops, performative actions, discussion and lecture formats, responding to issues related to active participation in and responsibility for society.

Partners and Funders

A Project by
Akademie Schloß Solitude - Logo
Staatl. Akademie Schloß Solitude Stuttgart
Württ. Kunstverein Stuttgart - Logo
Schauspiel Stuttgart - Logo
Theater Rampe - Logo
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen - Logo
Main Supporter
Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst, Baden-Württemberg - Logo
in Cooperation with
Die AnStifter Logo


Fritz-Erler-Forum Baden-Württemberg

Christine Peters, Iris Dressler


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