Creativity Exercises


Time: October 18, 2014 – February 1, 2015
Venue: Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst (GfZK), Leipzig, Karl-Tauchnitz-Strasse 9-11.

Opening: October 17, 2014, 7 pm

How people learn, what they know and how it influences their personality, their behavior and their position in society, is examined from various different perspectives. With a focus on Eastern Europe, Creativity Exercises presents historical and contemporary artistic projects that experiment with alternative forms of learning. The exhibition, workshops, and lectures look into the inquiring quality of creativity, which is at the same time subversive and constructive: artistic approaches that challenge a wider view of learning, and related social, economic, and institutional conditionalities, are introduced and activated.

In analogy with questions and concepts associated with educational and social sciences, these artistic projects investigate equitable forms of learning and learning exchange. The interplay of individual expression and collective action is considered, along with the reversibility of the relationship between teacher and pupil. Another focus is on exclusion mechanisms in the education system versus the empowerment potential of knowledge.

The title of the project is borrowed from a drawing course held by the artists Miklós Erdély and Dóra Maurer between the years of 1975 and 1977 in Budapest. For a short time, independently of state art schools, the education of amateurs presented the opportunity to put collective and process-oriented work to the test and to eliminate thought barriers.

Creativity Exercises is realized as a collaborative project of and Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig.

Curated by Dóra Hegyi ( and Franciska Zólyom
Research by Zsuzsa László (

Image: Active-Passive Exercises at the Creativity Exercises course by Miklós Erdély and Dóra Maurer 1975-77. Photo by Tamás Papp. Courtesy of the Miklós Erdély Foundation, Budapest

The project is funded by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony, the ERSTE Foundation, and the Federal Chancellery of Austria.

External Links
About the exhibition at the GfZK website