Inversionen #2

Georges Adéagbo: "La mort et la résurrection d'Aby Warburg"..!

Exhibition, Warburg-Haus, Hamburg

curated by Petra Lange-Berndt & Rebekka Seubert, in collaboration with Stephan Köhler


28 – 30 June 2019, Opening Thursday 27 June, 7pm

open Friday – Sunday  2 - 8pm, admission free



27 June, 7pm — Opening 

Georges Adéagbo: "La Mort et la résurrection d'Aby Warburg"..!

Warburg-Haus, Heilwigstraße 116, Hamburg-Eppendorf

Due to limited space, please pre-register for the opening by email:


28 June, 11am — Guided tour 

Kerstin Schankweiler (art historian, Berlin): Die Mobilisierung der Dinge (in German)


29 June 2pm

Picknick & reading at the nature theatre with Georges Adéagbo, Stephan Köhler and others

Römischer Garten, Kösterbergstraße 40E, Hamburg-Blankenese



The exhibition and event series Inversionen at Warburg-Haus, Hamburg, focuses on the continuing importance and scope of the research and ideas of art historian and Kulturwissenschaftler Aby Warburg. For the first time, contemporary artists will be invited at regular intervals to produce new, site-sensitive works in order to explore Warburg's approaches and interests as well as the history and architecture of the famous building at Heilwigstraße 116.


We are particularly pleased that the series will be continued in summer 2019: This time with new work by Georges Adéagbo (*1942, Cotounou, Benin, lives and works in Hamburg and Togbin, Benin).The internationally acclaimed artist analyses the global migration of images, ideas, and things within complex installations. With his practice, Georges Adéagbo is one of the central and outstanding artists who critically examine (post-)colonial constellations. After studying law in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and Rouen, France, he returned to Benin in 1968 and developed his approach as an autodidact. Every day Adeagbo places found or purchased objects, images and self-written texts on the floor. This results in complexes that deal with daily politics and with the history of the exchange between Africa and former protagonists of colonialism as well as the afterlife of these constellations. 


Georges Adéagbo's project for the reading and lecture room of the Warburg-Haus is a spacious installation made of various materials, such as books or images painted on banners, specifically manufactured for this occasion in Togbin. The associative artwork will have its own resonance in the space where Aby Warburg developed and displayed his world-famous atlas Mnemosyne: La résurrection d'Aby Warburg! 

This series of exhibitions has started in summer 2018 with Lucy Raven (*1977, Tucson, Arizona, lives in New York, USA) and her „live cinema play“ A Ghost Story For Adults, accompanied by the musician Volker Zander (*1968, Fulda, lives in Cologne).

Kindly supported by Warburg-Melchior-Olearius-Stiftung, Liebelt Stiftung, ifa - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen and Universität Hamburg.