17 December 2016 – 5 March 2017

Samson Young. A dark theme keeps me here, I'll make a broken music

This winter the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf will present the first institutional solo exhibition in Germany
and Europe by the Hong Kong artist Samson Young (*1979). Samson Young studied music, philosophy, and gender studies at the University of Sydney and earned his doctorate in composition at Princeton. From this audio-based perspective he designs not only music but also installations, performances, drawings, walks, and films. His musical and
sculptural works often include very concrete historical references and deal with places of conflict. Each of his projects entails a large amount of investigation and field research. Sounds and music are used as a vehicle for the reappraisal and representation of historical events, but are also the core of an independent aesthetic experience that requires no further explanations.

Curated by Jasmina Merz


The works Canon and Nocturne are performed daily. (with exception of 23 – 27 December 2016 and 31 December 2016 – 2 January 2017)

Canon: 11 a. m. – 2 p. m., 3 – 6 p. m.
Performer: Maryanne Piper

Nocturne: 11 a.m. – 2 p. m., 3 – 6 p. m.
Performer: Samson Young, 16 – 22 December 2016; thereafter Marko Ivić

With the kind support of




Samson Young‘s exhibition and catalogue were sponsored by the “Kataloge für junge Künstler” advancement prize awarded by


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