June 23 – September 29, 2024


Opening: Saturday, June 22, 5 pm


Mapping Space

The exhibition "Mapping Space" redefines the exhibition space. It opens up a connection between architecture, urban nature, the animals that inhabit it and the people who use this terrain as a social interaction space. The exhibition does not end at the walls of the villa, but rather the tour begins in Merkelpark and integrates the "Stadtacker" and uses a wooden architecture by Kollektiv Plus X as a bridge between interior and exterior space, urban society and Villa Merkel.

Curators: Sebastian Schmitt and Anka Wenzel

With works by: Sam Durant/ Florian Graf/ Kollektiv Plus X/ Mona Radziabari/ Johanna Reich/ Corinna Schnitt/ Studio Vierkant

From the collection: Sylvie Fleury/ Heribert Friedland/ Barbara Herold/ Katie Holten/ Claudio Moser/ Anike Joyce Sadiq/ Lin May Saeed/ Cécile Wick



October 18 – November 17, 2024


Opening: October, 17, 7 pm



Graduate students in the Weißenhof Program of Fine Arts from the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart


Jan Hottmann, Marlon Lanziner, Claudia Magdalena Merk, Jihye Park, Almog Barzillay Rozenpik, Franziska Schrödinger, Marie Zbikowska

For the eighth time, Villa Merkel, in cooperation with the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart, presents the graduates of the postgraduate course "Meisterschüler:in im Weißenhof-Programm der Bildenden Kunst". Outstanding graduates develop and implement a project within three semesters.

Mit Werken von: Jan Hottmann/ Marlon Lanziner/ Claudia Magdalena Merk/ Jihe Park/ Almog Barzillay Rozenpik/ Franziska Schrödinger/ Marie Zbikowska


November 30, 2024 – January 19, 2025


Opening: Friday, November 29, 7 pm


Guest exhibition by Esslinger Kunstverin:
Sinn und Form

This year's themed exhibition of the Esslinger Kunstverein takes the interplay of the two concepts of meaning and form as an art-philosophical figure for a group exhibition. In a multifaceted interplay, the Kunstverein continues its tradition of organizing an annual guest exhibition at the Villa Merkel at the turn of the year.

Curator: Christian Gögger