SSZ Sued 2011–2017

eds. Alexander Basile für SSZ Sued Off Galerie Köln

The SSZ Sued was an off-gallery that had its rooms from 2011 to 2017 in Cologne's Neustadt Süd directly opposite Cologne's Südbahnhof. The aim of the SSZ was to present positions by artists from the Rhineland and beyond. Always as a solo exhibition.

For the SSZ Sued Show „Mischa Kuball. public preposition“ in 2017, Düsseldorf-based artist Mischa Kuball made the space inaccessible with a simple but unambiguous gesture from the art world.

The catalog provides a well-founded insight into the exhibition program, the poster series, exhibition texts and installation views and thus allows exciting conclusions to be drawn about the working methods of a young generation of artists.

Learn more about the publication


future_grid in Oberhausen

The new, permanent installation future_grid will open on March 5th at 8pm at Peter-Behrens-Bau, Oberhausen to the public. The installation will be accessible every day from 8 pm.

In the site-specific installation future_grid, Mischa Kuball stages selected fragments of large-scale industrial machines on the outdoor grounds of Peter-Behrens-Bau using light and sound. A projected light grid places the dysfunctional post-industrial artifacts in a free associative space in which visitors can explore new narratives of the future in dialogue with them – supported by an audio walk.

The silent material presence of the sculptural-looking contemporary witnesses behind the former warehouse of one of the region's largest steel producers continuously expands in Mischa Kuball’s work future_grid to include new information and contexts, questions, and narratives. In this process-oriented project, the artist transforms the museum into a dynamic repository of knowledge that sees itself as an energetic generator where preservation and research take place and new future visions can be generated.

Read more on the website of FUTUR21

Visit the mobile Application with an audio walk


Park Stage open at Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen

Contiguous to the museum, four circles from stone lie flushed with the grass. When they are stepped onto, visitors activate spotlights mounted on the trees around. Initiated by the visitors movements, a lightbeam forms, creating a defined (exterior) space. A temorary stage emerges, accompanied by a sound stage which invites visitors to become active performers on the park stage.

At Museum Morsbroich


public preposition / lob der menschheit / human praise at GEGENWARTEN / PRESENCES: Kunst Stadt Chemnitz

August 15 – October 25, 2020

Public space, Chemnitz /DE


installation / exhibition

public preposition / in_transition / in_progress at Setouchi Triennale 2019

April 26 – November 4, 2019

Uno Port1
Chome-3-2 Chikko, Tamano,
Okayama 706-0002, Japan /JP



Public Art - Gedanken zu Formen des Öffentlichen

eds. Peter M. Lynen, Mischa Kuball

Die Publikation bildet eine Dokumentation des Symposiums „Kunst und Öffentlichkeit. Über das sich wandelnde Verhältnis von öffentlichen Räumen“ vom 16. Februar 2017 anlässlich der Ausstellung „Mischa Kuball: public preposition (Materialsammlung)“ in der Nordrhein-Westfälischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste.

Sammelband mit Beiträgen von: Peter M. Lynen, Mischa Kuball, Vanessa Joan Müller, Anthony Cragg, Candida Höfer, Susanne Titz, Fritz Behrens, Wolfgang Pehnt, Manuel Herz


installation / lecture

white space at Tartu in Light TAVA 2018


white space @ Radical Light

October 25 – 28, 2018

Tartu in Light TAVA 2018
Public Space / Karl Ernst von Baeri 13, 51005 Tartu/EE

„white space“ has been realized in the context of ‚Lichtfest‘ 2014 in downtown Leipzig, as part of the artist series of public interventions ‚public preposition‘  to remember the 1989 protests in Leipzig, East-Germany – known as ‚peaceful revolution‘. Here at RADICAL LIGHT the installation claims to create a space for gathering, be a central meeting point for people with peaceful minds in a peaceful environment! RADICAL LIGHT provides a perfect platform for this artist attempt to interact in openminded democratic circumstances. 




October 26, 2018 // 11.15 am
Tartu in Light TAVA 2018 
Club Atlantis 2.nd floor/ Tartu, Narva mnt 2 /EE






a performative action according to the Modell ‚Lichtfeld‘ Leipzig 1997, at GfZK, Leipzig/D

GfZK // Karl-Tauchnitz-Straße 9, 04107 Leipzig, Deutschland
September 11, 2018 // 6 p.m.

Since its founding in 1989 the gfzk in Leipzig has become a central place for cultural exchange and critical discourse. It contributes significantly to the identity of the city.
As a reaction to the announcement that the gallery would extend its premises in the city center, the conceptual artist Mischa Kuball, german *1959, stated a proposal alongside a physical Modell to ‚ save the space‘ for a scheduled Museum Building, designed by German well known architect Peter Kulka. The action oscillates between performance, demonstration, and occupying public space. At different sites of the city a group of volunteers may outline the floor plan of the gallery in a 1:1 scale. All the participants hold a continuous white-red ribbon*. The floor plan of the gallery space reconstructed by human bodies illustrates once more the social dimension of the consequences that the expansion brings and transports the dimension into public space.
The performance ‚SAVE THE SPACE‘ is part of a series of public interventions since (1977-)2009 entitled ‚public preposition‘.




Issue 37 / May 2017

eds. Elke auf dem Moore


The symposium Curating under Pressure held in November 2015 in Christchurch, New Zealand/Aotearoa, developed by Elke aus dem Moore and Leonhard Emmerling, asked for art strategies in times of crisis. The symposium focused on the ethics of curating in the biennial business was initiated by ifa and Goethe-Institut, realized in cooperation with Creative New Zealand and the University of Canterbury, and was supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. The symposium outlined two possible states of crisis in a global perspective: the natural disaster—contributions in this publication can be found by Azhari Aiyub, Tim Veling, Chloe Geogeghan, Aaron Kreisler, and Syafiatudina—and states of political pressure—with contributions by Rona Kopeczky, Alisa Prudnikova, Bruce E. Philips, and Elke aus dem Moore.



talks and book presentations

NAS, Sydney / UTS, Sydney / Adam Art Gallery, Wellington / Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch / Art Fair, Auckland



Artist Talk and Book Launch "Solidarity Grid"
talk with Blair French, Heather Galbraith and Mischa Kuball
May 25, 2018 // 6 p.m.
Auckland Art Fair
Ground Floor C'AAF, Queen’s Wharf, Auckland CBD /NZ

Panel Discussion and Book Launch "Solidarity Grid"
talk with Blair French, Deborah McCormick, Lara Strongman and Mischa Kuball
May 23, 2018 // 6 p.m.
Christchurch Art Gallery
Cnr Worcester Boulevard and Montreal Street, 8140 Christchurch /NZ

Artist Talk and Book Launch "Solidarity Grid"
talk with Stephen Cleland and Mischa Kuball
May 22, 2018 // 6 p.m.
Adam Art Gallery
Victoria University of Wellington Gate 3, Kelburn Parade, 6012 Wellington /NZ

Spatial Intervention in Post-Traumatic Public Space
talk with Barbaby Bennett, Blair French, Thea Crejzek and Mischa Kuball
May 21, 2018 // noon
UTS DAB School of Design
702-735 Harris St, Sydney Ultimo NSW 2007 /AU

Inside view: public preposition
May 21, 2018 // 10 a.m.
National Art School
Forbes Street, Darlinghurst Sydney NSW 2010 /AU



Cooper Union, NY / New York University, NY / Harvard University, Cambridge



making things public
March 20, 2018 // 6.30 p.m.
Harvard University // Harvard Graduate School of Design
48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 / US

public preposition - the notion of public spheres
March 20, 2018 // 10 a.m.
New York University // Center for European and Mediterranean Studies
53 Washington Square S, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10012 / US

making things very public
March 19, 2018 // 7 p.m.
Cooper Union
Cooper Union's Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, 41 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10008 / US

Photo: Argenis Apolinario


book launch / artist talk

Solidarity Grid // NOMAD St. Moritz 


an artist talk with Charlotte Desaga, Inge Fehlbaum and Mischa Kuball 

February 8, 2018, 3.00 p.m.

Chesa Planta Mulins 2, 7503 Samedan /CH


book launch / artist talk

Solidarity Grid // Kunsthalle Düsseldorf 


an artist talk with Mischa Kuball and Gregor Jansen

January 31, 2018, 7.00 p.m.

Grabbeplatz 4, 40213 Düsseldorf




Mischa Kuball // Solidarity Grid - Otautahi Christchurch 2013–2016

edited by Blair French


Mischa Kuball’s Solidarity Grid is a permanent public artwork and a gift to Christchurch, NZ in the wake of the destructive earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Over 3 years 21 cities worldwide donated functioning lamp posts for the work, each gift building connections between the recovering city and international communities. The lamps – all very different in design and history – are installed along a pathway separating the inner city and parklands, this new location extending their symbolic and social significance. Featuring extensive photographic documentation and texts by 6 writers this book documents the project from its basis in a practical artistic response to an urban crisis, through to its realisation as a form of monument, a place for reflection, and a contribution to civic infrastructure.


with essays by Nic LowVanessa Joan MüllerHugh NicholsonBruce Phillips, Lara Strongman, Nathan Pohio, with a foreword by Deborah McCormick and Anthony Wright, as well as a conversation between Mischa Kuball and Blair French.


published by Koenig Books, London

ISBN: 978-3-96098-238-8




"public preposition" at Museum for Contemporary Art PERMM


October 27, 2017, 6 p.m.

Gagarin Boulevard 24, Perm /RU



"artist talk: Mischa Kuball" at Art Bar + Projects


September 28, 2017, 5 p.m.

1873 Granville St, Halifax (Nova Scotia) B3J 3J6 /CA



"Im Licht der Öffentlichkeit - public preposition" - Überlegungen zum Licht im urbanen Raum aus der künstlerischen Praxis at Lichtturm Solingen


September 15, 2017, 4 p.m.

Lützowstraße 340, 42653 Solingen /AT



Im Licht der Öffentlichkeit - public preposition at Kunsthaus Graz


an talk with Barbara Steiner, Elisabeth Fiedler, Bernhard Rinner, Mischa Kuball and Katrin Bucher Trantow

May 20, 2017, 7 p.m.

Space 05, Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz /AT



"Nr. 01 Mischa Kuball public preposition" at SSZ Sued Köln

April 28, 2017

Opening / 5.00 p.m.

SSZ Sued, Ott-Fischer-Str. 5, 50674 Köln /DE



New Project


April 21 - May 21, 2017

Kunsthaus Graz / Bix Fassade, Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz /AT


Photo: Archive Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf


artist talk

"public preposition" at creativemornings // hosted by NRW Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste, Düsseldorf 


an artist talk with Mischa Kuball and Vanessa Joan Müller about "public preposition"

February 17, 2017, 8.30 a.m.

Palmenstr. 16, 40217 Düsseldorf / DE

The event is open to the public, with advance registration requested on: creativemornings

 Photos: Wolfgang Borrs, Berlin


Symposium / Exhibition

"public preposition" at NRW Akademie der Wissenschaft und der Künste Düsseldorf



"public preposition - on the margins of society" at Museum of Contemporary Art Permm

November 11, 2016, 7.00 p.m.

Gagarina boulevard 24, Perm /RU

Photo: Oksana Gekk, Perm



Book release / artist talk

"public preposition" – Buchvorstellung mit Gespräch über ein verändertes Verhältnis von Öffentlichkeit

talk with Barbara Steiner, Vanessa Joan Müller, Franciska Zólyom and Mischa Kuball

October 21, 2016, 6.00 p.m.

GfZK - Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Karl–Tauchnitz-Straße 11, D-04107 Leipzig /DE

Photo: Punctum, Leipzig / Archive Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016


Book Release / Performance + Talk

"public preposition"

performance & talk

September 28, 2016, 12 - 4 p.m.

12 noon // Mischa Kuball will present a performative sculpture with his recent Public Preposition book in front of the Museum
2 p.m. // Mischa Kuball’s Artist Talk in the Museum

McMaster University, Museum of Art, Hamilton, Ontario L8S4L8 /CA

Photos: Archive Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016 


Book release / artist talk

"public preposition" – intervention, irritation, interaction

talk with Bogna Świątkowska and Mischa Kuball

September 23, 2016, 7 p.m.



Book release / lecture performance

"public preposition" lecture performance at Bauhaus Dessau / Bauhaus Residenz

June 15, 2016

Haus Gropius / Ensemble der Meisterhäuser
Ebertallee 59
D-06846 Dessau-Roßlau

Photos: Archive Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016



Book release / artist talk

"public preposition" at Futur 3 // Kunstsammlung NRW - Schmela Haus Düsseldorf 


an artist talk with Mischa Kuball and Vanessa Joan Müller about the publication "public preposition"

April 21, 2016, 7.00 p.m.

Mutter-Ey-Str. 3, 40213 Düsseldorf



"Lichtpolitik - über eine veränderte Form von Öffentlichkeit" at LIFA* Kolloquium 4

April 6, 2016, 6.00 p.m.

Ausstellungszentrum Heiligenkreuzer Hof, Schönlaterngasse 5, 1010 Wien




New Project


March 3, 2016

Einsturzstelle Stadtarchiv / collapse place city archive at Severinstraße (vor dem / infront of Haus Waidmarkt 2), Cologne


Photos: Archive Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf


New Project



"Mischa Kuball: schloss_komplex" at Goldener Saal Schloss Ludwigslust

presentation of the project "DYS(U)TOPIA" 

March 16, 2016, 7.00 pm

Schloßfreiheit, 19288 Ludwigslust


Photo: Archive Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016



Book Release / Panel


"public preposition" at Kunsthalle Recklinghausen


a panel with Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Ullrich, Georg Elben, Mischa Kuball

5th February 2016, 3.00 pm

Große-Perdekamp-Str. 25, 45657 Recklinghausen


Photos: Archive Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016





Book Release / Performance

"public preposition" at Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl


a performative sculpture with 350 books

3th February 2016, noon

Creiler Platz, 45768 Marl


Photos: Archive Mischa Kuball, Düsseldorf / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016




Book Release

"public preposition" at Goethe-Institut Krakow

15th January 2016, 6.00 pm

Rynek Glowny 20, 33332 Krakow




Book Launch

"public preposition" at DISTANZ Verlag Berlin

10th December 2015, 7.30 pm

Hallesches Ufer 78, 10963 Berlin

Photos: Wolfgang Borrs, Berlin