Adrian Piper.
The Probable Trust Registry: The Rules of the Game #1-3 February 24th, 2017 - September 3rd, 2017
Hamburger Bahnhof – National Gallery of the Present

Duration February 24, 2017 - September 3, 2017

Location Hamburger Bahnhof – National Gallery of the Present

The exhibition was made possible by the Friends of the National Gallery.

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From February 24th, the Hamburger Bahnhof – Contemporary Museum – Berlin will be showing Adrian Piper’s first solo museum exhibition in Germany. “The Probable Trust Registry: The Rules of the Game #1-3” presents the artist's major work of the same name, which was recently acquired for the collection of the Nationalgalerie - Berlin State Museums was acquired.

Over a period of six and a half months, there are three identical, gold-colored counters in the museum's historic hall, placed in front of gray, floor-to-ceiling walls. During the entire duration of the exhibition there will be receptionists at the desks with whom visitors can conclude a contract with themselves. In it, each individual voluntarily commits to aligning their own actions with ethical principles such as honesty and commitment. The entries are recorded in a directory, the “Probable Trust Registry”, which all participants receive at the end of the exhibition. They form a community of people who are likely to be trustworthy in the future.

“The Probable Trust Registry: The Rules of the Game #1-3” is both an installation and a participatory group performance. The work negotiates in a dialogic way how trust is formed and thus aims at the foundations of interpersonal relationships. In a larger context, it raises philosophical but also very practical questions about democratic processes and individual responsibility, because it not only calls on visitors to take an action - a personal commitment - but also makes us think about our daily actions and to think about its consequences on a political, economic and social level.

“The Probable Trust Registry: The Rules of the Game #1-3” requires a lifelong commitment with the goal of creating a new basis of trust between people - a benchmark that is increasingly disappearing today. “The Probable Trust Registry: The Rules of the Game #1-3” tries to counteract this problem or as Adrian Piper explains: “In order to be able to build mutual trust, we have to start practicing becoming trustworthy from now on. This assumes that each of us can rely on fulfilling our own expectations of ourselves; and that in turn requires that we can bring our actions into line with our claims, our claims into line with our opinions, and our opinions into line with our values. The Probable Trust Registry provides the public with an opportunity to work together to strengthen these traits, both individually and collectively.”

Against the background of current international political and social developments and in view of the upcoming parliamentary elections, the presentation of the work is also a statement against an emerging change in values. “I am of the opinion that museums in this situation also need to think more deeply about the foundations of our coexistence,” says Udo Kittelmann, director of the Nationalgalerie – Staatlichemuseums zu Berlin and curator of the exhibition, “all the more aggressively for a liberal, pluralistic position to relate to society. Presenting Piper’s work is our contribution to this.”

Adrian Piper (*1948 in New York) is a first-generation philosopher and conceptual artist. Her work is one of the most important positions in contemporary art. She has lived and worked in Berlin since 2005. She was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2015 for “The Probable Trust Registry: The Rules of the Game #1-3.” Next year, the Museum of Modern Art in New York will dedicate a comprehensive retrospective to her.