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Matthew Cowan

The Scream of the Strawbear

07.09. – 17.11.2019

Matthew Cowan explores European customs and the role that they play in today`s world in his photographs, videos, installations and performances. Rituals, clothing, and costumes are central to his work. In the exhibition The Scream of the Strawbear, the New Zealand artist takes up various traditions from Gießen and its surrounding areas and places them in the context of contemporary art. To mark the occasion of its tenth anniversary, the Kunsthalle is cooperating with the Oberhessisches Museum, where Matthew Cowan will utilize the Heidenturm for the first time.
Matthew Cowan (* 1974, Auckland, New Zealand) lives and works in Berlin. He studied Fine Art at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Since 2015, he has been a doctoral candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Finland.

Conversation between artist Matthew Cowan and publisher Janine Sack of EECLECTIC on the publication “The Scream of the Strawbear” and its making.


Friday, 06.06.2019, 7 pm
Official greeting
Dietlind Grabe-Bolz
Mayor of the City of Gießen
Dr. Nadia Ismail
Director Kunsthalle Gießen and curator of the exhibition
Dr. Katharina Weick-Joch
Director Oberhessisches Museum
The artist is present


10 questions for… Matthew Cowan
With Dr. Katharina Weick-Joch (Director of the Oberhessisches Museum), Prof. Volker
Wissemann (Director of the Botanischer Garten) und Dr. Nadia Ismail (Director of the Kunsthalle)
Thursday, 31.10.2019, 7 pm
Reading by Nico Bleutge
in cooperation with the Literarischen Zentrum Gießen (Literary center of Gießen)
Thursday, 14.11.2019, 7 pm
with Marta Dannoritzer of the Kunsthalle Gießen und Natascha Lenz of the Oberhessisches Museum
Thursday, 26.09.2019, 5 pm
Family workshop ‚Masquerade‘
for children from 6 years on, accompanied by their parents
Sunday, 20.10.2019, 11 am
Meeting point: Kunsthalle
Registration until 16.10.2019 at
Guided Tour by the curator
Disease caused the date shifts from 07.11. on the 13.11., 5 pm
Guides tours: Kunsthalle + Oberhessisches Museum
Tuesdays, 2-3:30 pm, 10.09. + 24.09. +22.10
Saturdays, 2-:30 pm, 07.09. + 05.10 + 16.11.
Meeting point: Kunsthalle
Art and Coffee
with Fabian Stein and Ehrenamt e.V.

Wednesdays, 18.09. + 30.10.2019 at 3 pm
Registration at
Participation fee 2,50 €
Art education in individual conversations
Tuesdays, 2-4 pm, 08.10. + 05.11.
Saturdays, 3 – 5 pm, 21.09. + 19.10. + 02.11.
Entrance to all events is free of charge.

Opening Times
Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday, 12.10.2019, 10 am – 3 pm
Closed: The day of German unification, 03.10.2019
In cooperation with
Oberhessisches Museum
Literarisches Zentrum Gießen
Reading by Nico Bleutge
Thu., 14.11. 2019, 7 pm
Many thanks to:
David Barnes
Boss Morris
Dr. Ludwig Brake (Stadtarchiv Gießen)
Prof. Dr. Siegfried Becker, Institut für
Europäische Ethnologie/Kulturwissenschaft, Philipps-Universität Marburg
Freiwillige Feuerwehr Rittershausen
Freiwillige Feuerwehr Steinbrücken
Traditionsverein Königsberg
Prof. Dr. Volker Wissemann, Wiss. Leiter des Botanischen Gartens Gießen
Supported by:
Verein Ehrenamt Gießen e.V.