Friday, 16 May 2014

Conversion. An artist’s impression of the transformation process of former military bases

On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, BICC presents the exhibition "Conversion. An artist’s impression of the transformation process of former military bases“ by Isabel Kiesewetter until 22 May 2014 at the Wissenschaftszentrum Bonn.

Isabel Kiesewetter: Horse stable in Kevelaer Twisteden

What happens when the military has left? Does the re-use of former military areas bring prosperity? How much imagination and risk-taking by investors is necessary to convert a NATO bunker into a holiday home or a trotter’s training ground?

The departure of British, Belgian, French, and US troops in the west and the Russian army in the east left Germany with large-scale military installations. The artist Isabel Kiesewetter was inspired by the question of what had happened to them—the result is her series of photographs “conversion”; 19 large-format colored photographs that not only document the process of change but also catch the special atmosphere resulting from the military‑civilian conversion process.

BICC is hosting this exhibition on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of its foundation on 2 April 1994. BICC is one of the leading peace and conflict research institutes in Germany and was founded on the initiative of the then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the then Minister of the State NRW Johannes Rau in Bonn.

Exhibition until 22 May 2014

Factsheet (in German, pdf)

Location: Wissenschaftszentrum Bonn, Ahrstraße 45, 53175 Bonn

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 8.00 to 19.00 hrs

Saturday, Sunday, Public Holiday: closed

Free Admission.

BICC offers guided tours of the exhibition on the following days:

Wednesday, 7 May 2014, 17.00 hrs and Friday, 16 May, 16.00 hrs.