18.00 Uhr

We cordially invite you and your friends to the opening of the exhibition DOWNFALLS – FROM DYSTOPIA TO DISRUPTION on Thursday, the 2nd of June 2022 at 6 p.m. at the Kunsthalle Trier. 



Markus Nöhl, Head of Culture of the city of Trier


Simon Santschi, Head of the European Academy of Art, Trier 

All speeches will be given in German.


The opening is free of charge.

We are looking forward to your visit!

The Kunsthalle Trier showcases an international exhibition in association with the National Exhibition Rhineland-Palatinate 2022 which thematises “The Downfall of the Roman Empire”. 

The focal point of our exhibition is, however, not the historical development of antiquity that led to the collapse of the political systems from the Middle East to Northern Africa, and vast parts of Europe, but rather on modern contemporary visions of downfalls. We are highlighting the socio-political, economic, and technological transformations which allow a positive take on these seemingly desolate views. The artistic interventions create a kaleidoscopic visual afterlife of the expansion and the downfall of Rome.

The participating artists originate from a variety of regions of the fallen Roman Empire – from today’s Libya, Jordan, Syria, Algeria, Palestine, and Tunisia, as well as from Italy, France, and Germany. Thirteen contemporary artistic positions interpret this topic in a varied manner, creating a multifaceted encounter through video art, photography, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media installations, and painting.

Exhibitied are works of art by Jehan Abuaffar, Dorothee Albrecht, Fadi Al-Hamwi, Taysir Batniji, Benjamin Burkard, Francesca Cataldi, Margit Eberhard-Wabnitz, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Ali Kaaf, Skander Khlif, Manaf Halbouni, Randa Mirza, and Alaa Aldin Nabhan.

In association with the Cultural Program of the National Exhibition The Downfall of the Roman Empire
Skander Khlif, Stories from the Beautiful Mahdia, 2020
Skander Khlif, From Rome, with Birds..., 2020