What does it mean when the place where one lives and grew up just disappears? The residents of
Manheim (North Rhine-Westphalia) are making this experience since 2011. In the course of the
lignite mining in the Hambach opencast mine, their village had to be relocated to Manheim-neu,
which was built in 2012. Manheim is just one of many places in the Rhenish Lignite Mining Area
that suffered this fate. The artists Max Brück and Mathias Weinfurter take it as an opportunity for an
artistic investigation of the relationship between culture, memory and identity.
In the course of their preparation for the exhibition “Offenbach-neu”, the artists visited both the
almost completely disappeared village of Manheim as well as the relocated Manheim-neu. Objects
collected on site, quotes which refer to their places of origin, are now being processed in an
installation specifically designed for the exhibition “Offenbach-neu”. They also spoke to local
residents and captured their impressions in photographies and video recordings, which can be seen
in an accompanying exhibition brochure.
With their new work, Brück and Weinfurter are also referring to the site-specific developments in
the Offenbach harbor area, on which the Kressmann-Halle is located and the new building for the
Hochschule für Gestaltung is planned. A place with which both sculptors associate personal
memories. Two narratives of loss and renewal thus converge in the exhibition.
Max Brück (*1991) lives and works in Offenbach and Giessen. He graduated from the HfG
Offenbach in 2019. There he met Mathias Weinfurter (*1989), who also studied art with a focus on
sculpture and has lived and worked in Cologne since 2020. The two artists have been developing
projects together for six years now and describe their collaboration as an ongoing dialogue on
socio-political issues. They showed their first exhibition in 2015 in Warsaw. Since then, further
exhibition projects and interventions have followed annually, including in Ukraine, Israel, Leipzig,
Giessen and Frankfurt am Main.