December 15, 2020 – May 15, 2021


Printed pages – Books – Videos

“From Book to Wall” tells the story behind the printing of Gilles Peress’ long-awaiting book about the Northern Ireland conflict, Whatever You Say, Say Nothing. Printed pages, book dummies, proofs and videos – the raw material of bookmaking – offer insights into the inner process of this work. It was back in 2003 that Peress first spoke to Gerhard Steidl about the idea for Whatever You Say, Say Nothing. In the following years, the book gradually took shape in close cooperation with the Steidl Verlag publishing house and is now being published in 2021. The background to the book is the 1972 massacre by the British Army of Irish civilians. Gilles Peress (b. 1946 in Neuilly-sur-Seine), was only 26 years old when he photographed so-called “Bloody Sunday”. During the 1980s, Peress returned to Northern Ireland, intent on exploiting the possibilities of visual language and perception in order to grasp this intractable and ever-escalating conflict. Whatever You Say, Say Nothing is intended as “documentary fiction”. Photographs from several decades are assigned to 22 fictional “days” to shine a light on the spiral that history becomes during a seemingly never-ending conflict – when every day becomes a repeat of the same day over and over: days full of violence, demonstrations, uprisings, unemployment, and grief, but also full of “craic” (an Irish expression for joy and fun), as people simply tried to forget their own situation. Gilles Peress kept the project under wraps for thirty years – the Test Run therefore gives exciting first insights into the photographs and the book project that developed over that time.

Further offers

ave you ever walked through an exhibition and reacted completely non-verbally to your surroundings? We will explore the exhibition space in silence and let the artist's works be heard without words!
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Children and families

These multi-day vacation workshops invite after-school groups, groups of friends and individual children to spend the holiday in a completely different way: at the Kunsthaus! UPCOMING DATES: The number of participants is limited. We appreciate […]
Bringing the family to the Kunsthaus? Not a problem! One Saturday each month is dedicated to family time at Kunsthaus Göttingen. Young and old together embark upon a journey of discovery through the exhibition spaces […]
Art? You can do it! After the children explore the exhibition spaces filled with countless exciting works of art, they can draw, print or film to their hearts’ content. Once a month, children aged six […]
Children big and small can celebrate their birthdays at Kunsthaus Göttingen. After a little discovery tour through the exhibition on a specific theme and with lots of little art-themed games, the birthday guests will then […]

Schools at the Kunsthaus

For each exhibition there will be an introductory teacher workshop. Following a dialog-based overview tour, interested teachers can try out the bookable and the public educational offerings and begin crafting their first plans and ideas […]
For school classes in particular, a visit to the Kunsthaus should be as lively and as activity- and skills-oriented as possible, so that all classes and levels are given access to art. The programme invites […]
Kunsthaus Göttingen is happy to work with schools (not just in Göttingen!) to realize various project days and weeks covering the areas of photography, print and poster art, as well as new media. Contact us […]
Learn English outside the classroom and talk naturally about art-related themes outside the school setting: Kunsthaus Göttingen makes it possible. Part of learning English is exploring new, unfamiliar terrain and putting yourself in situations in […]