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Current exhibition at the Edith-Russ-Haus

Die Neunte Kunst – Unwanted Stories (The Ninth Art – Unwanted Stories) is an international group exhibition of contemporary art whose starting point is the graphic novel. It concentrates on the “darker” examples of this genre, exploring works that recount stories that otherwise cannot be told in images because there are no photographs available. The exhibition not only deals with the graphic novel itself but also examines how this fascinating genre inspired a variety of artistic forms ranging from large-format wall drawings and graphic journalistic reports to animated films and the meandering narrative structures of computer games. The show occupies itself with classic themes of the graphic novel, such as stories of the inner self and science fiction, as well as political themes, often portrayed without the use of images, including contemporary forms of slavery and digital reconstructions of Auschwitz. Journalistic research and forensic reconstructions encounter interior worlds and personal obsessions in these works. In the process, the medium and its history are always reflected. The works make use of the suggestive power of popular graphic stories, which are deconstructed in the same breath by negating the glossy high-tech aesthetics of current computer animations through the deliberate use of simple techniques. Odd, never-before-seen worlds emerge with the ambition to live on in the mind of the viewer. 

With Wojciech Bąkowski (Poland), Ganzeer (Egypt), Victoria Lomasko (Russia), David OReilly (Ireland), and Amir Yatziv (Israel).

Unwanted Stories is a part of the cooperative project Die Neunte Kunst between the Stadtmuseum Oldenburg, the Horst-Janssen-Museum, and the Edith-Russ-Haus, each of which is devoting an exhibition to the theme of the graphic novel from very different perspectives. Each venue is also exhibiting an original drawing by Will Eisner, who is regarded as one of the genre’s founders.

 Chapter I:

The History of Comics

3rd of February - 2nd of April at the Stadtmuseum Oldenburg

Chapter II:

Graphic Novels in Germany Today

3rd of February - 6th of Mai at the Horst-Janssen-Museum

Chapter III:

Unwanted Stories

1st of February - 2nd of April at the Edith-Russ-Haus



                                                         Mountain © David OReilly 2014


                                                      Another Planet © Amir Yatziv 2016


                                                       Everything © David OReilly 2017


                                                   The Solar Grid © Ganzeer 2016-2019


                                             Slaves of Moscow © Victoria Lomasko 2012

Grants for Media Art 2018 of the Foundation of Lower Saxony at the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art

The application period is over. Thank you very much for your applications!

The jury’s decision will be announced online following the selection process.

This is expected to take place by mid-May 2018. Awardees will be notified via both email and post to the addresses provided in their application.


The Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art will award three Grants for Media Art 2018 of the Foundation of Lower Saxony (€10,000 each).

Foundation of Lower Saxony grant at the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art supports a wide spectrum of media art, from video art and net-based projects to audio works and audio-visual installations.Each of the three grants will be awarded for the production of a new project in the area of media art. 

 more informations about the grants

Opening Hours and Guided Tours

The Edith-Russ-Haus opens during exhibition times daily without Monday between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission on every 4th Saturday of the month. Guided tours during exhibition times every Sunday at 4 p.m. (in German language).

The Edith-Russ-Haus is closed on the following dates: 1 Jan; 1 May; 24, 25 and 31 Dec.

Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art, Katharinenstraße 23, D-26121 Oldenburg, Tel.: +49(0)441/235-3208, Fax.: +49(0)441/235-2161
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Friday 14:00 -18:00, Saturday - Sunday 11:00 - 18:00, Monday closed info@edith-russ-haus.de
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