Peppi Bottrop

Battle of Coal

06 May – 16 September 2018

Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl

Jan Kaps, Peppi Bottrop, Battle of Coal, Fortsetzung, 2016, Digital video, 12 min 58 sec

Fortsetzung, 2016, Digital video, 12 min 58 sec

Press release

The historical "Battle for the Coal", which will end in the Ruhrgebiet in 2018, will be thematized in the exhibition of the Sculpture Museum Glaskasten by works of art from all over the world on two levels. One of the levels is that of physical experiences. The immediate struggle with underground conditions, entering the mountain, traversing further stretches to the mining areas, and finally breaking out coal or other raw materials still determine the myth of mining today. An acoustic impression of this atmosphere is given by Denise Ritter with her new work for Marl, mono / industrial, In the mines of the Prosper-Haniel mine in Bottrop, she recorded sounds underground, condensed them into a sound installation and further processed them in composition, which can be experienced in a spatial installation.

The Battle of Orgreave by Jeremy Deller represents the level of social conflict. Deller's video is a reflected re-enactment of the heated situation at the end of coal mining in England. This emotionally charged work reflects the economic and social contradictions of British politics, which show a clear contrast in comparison with the socio-politically cushioned development in Germany.

In the works of Colleen Alborough, Nikolaus Gansterer, Moritz Fehr, Andreas Siekmann or David Zink-Yi and others, the effects of coal mining on the environment or, in general, on the extraction of raw materials in the globalized world are discussed.

The medial works are complemented by more than 30 different sized sculptures, mainly of iron and bronze, all dedicated to a theme: the miner, the worker and their patron saints. These figures from the collection of Werner Bibl return the media's artistic opinions back to their starting point - the human living and working conditions in a world whose historical remains will remain in the museum from the end of 2018, at least in Germany.