Inaugural Exhibition

Kunsthalle for Music

Ari Benjamin Meyers

26 January 2018 – 3 March 2018
Opening: 25 January 2018, from 5pm
Opening hours: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm, Friday 5pm – 9pm

At Kunsthalle for Music, an ensemble performs on-site a four-hour musical score of artworks drawn from a “repertoire” or collection, which includes existing and newly commissioned solos, duets, and group pieces. The ensemble is present in the second- and third-floor galleries on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 pm to 5pm, and on Fridays from 5pm to 9pm.

While the artworks included in the score are signaled with wall object-labels throughout the galleries, there is no fixed timetable as to when one or the other will be activated. Composed by Ari Benjamin Meyers, the exhibition score is open to variations, and so offers a unique interpretation and experience every day. We encourage you to visit the Kunsthalle for Music more than once.

Even when the ensemble is not present or performing at all times, the Kunsthalle for Music keeps its doors open to the public. If you visit during these times, you may then encounter other kinds of activation of the gallery spaces. For example, ensemble members may be found using the space to rehearse or may have left a recorded trace in their absence. You may also find school groups learning and performing an especially commissioned score by Andre Heuvelman.


The Kunsthalle for Music ensemble forms the heart of the Kunsthalle for Music, consisting of eight musician-performers. An open-call for musicians of all types, backgrounds and skill-levels resulted in the following ensemble: Bergur Thomas Anderson (guitar), Billy Bultheel (piano), Sandhya Daemgen (violin and voice), Sara Hamadeh (violin), Alexander Iezzi (drums and percussion), Nanna Ikonen (saxophone and electronics), Jackson Moore (saxophone), and Pau Marquès i Oleo (cello).

New Commissions & Repertoire

The Ensemble will perform newly commissioned works by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Jonathan Bepler, Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, and The Residents, as well as a repertoire of existing pieces collected from artists and composers. The exhibition also includes three of Meyers’ performance-based music works: Serious ImmobilitiesDuet, and Anthem.

Ari Benjamin Meyers

Ari Benjamin Meyers (1972, New York) is the founder and artistic director of the Kunsthalle for Music. He lives and works in Berlin. In his work Meyers, who trained as a composer and conductor at The Juilliard School, Yale University, and Peabody Institute, explores structures and processes that redefine the performative, social, and ephemeral nature of music. He has composed numerous works for the stage among them three operas; his chamber opera Nico. Sphinx aus Eis was commissioned by the Semperoper Dresden. Past solo exhibitions and projects include Black Thoughts, Esther Schipper (2013); Chamber Music (Vestibule), Berlinische Galerie (2013-2014); Just in Time, Just in Sequence, This is Not Detroit Festival, Schauspielhaus Bochum (2014); The Verismo Project (Franz Hartwig, A Most Wanted Man) Kino International Berlin (2015); Beating Time, Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin (2015); Duet, Darb 1718, Cairo (2015); Memories of the Future, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw (2016); The Name of This Band is The Art, RaebervonStenglin Zurich (2016); SCORES, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2016); Symphony 80 (with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks), Lenbachhaus, Munich (2017); An exposition, not an exhibition (with the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble), Spring Workshop, Hong Kong (2017). He also participated in the 14e Biennale de Lyon (2017). Upcoming exhibitions include projects for Witte de With Rotterdam, Public Art Munich and the Liverpool Biennial. Selected collaborations include Ravel, Ravel, French Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale (2013) with Anri Sala; Morphy, Fondation Louis Vuitton (2014); T.451, Tensta Konsthall (2012); K.62/K.85, Performa ’09, New York (2009) all with artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. Collaborations with artist Tino Sehgal include: Symphony X (installation version), KW Berlin and K21 Dusseldorf (2014); This Variation, Documenta 13 Kassel (2012) and the ballet Untitled that premiered at the Paris Opera in September 2016. Meyers was Music Director of the staged group show Il Tempo del Postino curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno (Manchester International Festival, 2007 and Art Basel, 2009). The book Music on Display (2016), published by Walther König, chronicles his work and practice.