Bayerwaldzyklus Peter Haimerl . Architektur

The Bielefelder Kunstverein stages its exhibition series on architecture every two years. The architect Peter Haimerl exceeds the boundaries of conventional architecture in his projects. He sets out to develop unconventional solutions and innovations with each of them. Concepts materialising from his practice fuse architecture with areas such as computer programming, sociology, economics, politics or art.  »

March 09 - July 07, 2019

Pakui Hardware

Pakui Hardware was founded by Neringa Černiauskaitė (*1984 in Klaipeda, Lithuania, lives in Berlin and Vilnius) and Ugnius Gelguda (*1977 in Vilnius, Lithuania, lives in Berlin and Vilnius) in 2014. They are interested in the close relationship between materiality, technology and economies. Central to their work is the question as to how far technology actually does alter economics and our physical/bodily perception of reality. »

November 17, 2018 - February 24, 2019


Different media and forms of expression – such as photography, painting, sculpture, film or performance – come together in the work of Tamara Henderson (*1982 in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada). Her current film, »Seasons End: Out of Body« (2018), conveys this many-sided artistic praxis. »

NOVEMBER 17, 2018 - FEBRUARY 24, 2019

Editions 2018/2019

Once again, the Bielefelder Kunstverein is making exclusive editions available to its members. The selection of one-off pieces and limited editions by artists who are part of the exhibition programme will be announced shortly. »

NOVEMBER 17, 2018 - FEBRUARY 24, 2019


Influenced by contemporary theory, historical scripts or socio-political changes the artistic texts become source-codes for various forms of presentation. Against this background, the exhibition, »Scripts«, focuses on writing as a model, the translation and appropriation of already existing texts, as well as their transformation in various media or visual forms. »

September 01 - November 04, 2018

Arne Schmitt

Arne Schmitt’s (*1984 in Mayen, lives in Cologne) art and photography expresses his interest in public spaces, and particularly in architectural entities and urban construction. For his first solo exhibition in a German institution, the focus will lie, among other things on a group of works dealing with the mining of basalt, the trading in it and its cultural significance. »

April 21 - July 08, 2018

Reinhart Koselleck's images of time

Reinhart Koselleck (1923-2006) counts as one of the most important German historians of the 20th century. He taught at Bielefeld University from 1973 until 1988. This professor of history became known, above all, for his history of concepts and his contributions to a theory of historical time. By contrast, scarcely anyone knows about the importance of images and figurativeness for his thinking about history. »

April 21 - July 08, 2018

Mathias Sander

Mathias Sander from Bielefeld is your professional partner for the completion of all parquet works such as grinding & refurbishing; new laying, surface treatment as well as terraces & wooden balcony flooring. »

February 17 – April 18, 2018

Moyra Davey

At the centre of Moyra Davey's (*1958 in Toronto, lives in New York) exhibition at the Bielefelder Kunstverein there will feature two works, both of which deal with the materiality and function of money. The exhibition is augmented by a more recent trilogy of films (2011-2017) as well as a corresponding small-format photo series, allowing for a more comprehensive insight into Moyra Davey’s interdisciplinary practice. »

February 17 – April 08, 2018


Dineo Seshee Bopape (*1981 Polokwane, ZA, lives and works in Johannesburg) investigates the personal and socio-political dimensions of emotion and representation. The artist combines digital and analogue media on a large scale and very densely into immersive environments. »

NOVEMBER 18, 2017 - JANUARY 28, 2018


The artistic work of Iman Issa (*1979 in Cairo, EGY, lives in New York, USA) deals with the possibilities of association and individual experience. Through installation, sculpture, photography and text the artist investigates how history, language and objects, in particular, relate together. »

NOVEMBER 18, 2017 - JANUARY 28, 2018


Up to today, the natural face has been a sign of individuality, personal expression and authenticity. The exhibition develops possibilities for observing human faces, which go beyond the traditional concepts of portraiture – or the selfie-boom. »

AUGUST 26 - NOVEMBER 05, 2017

Shilpa Gupta

Shilpa Gupta is considered one of the most important contemporary artists in India, with work shown internationally. The artist will be showing her most recent body of work for her first solo exhibition staged by a German art institution »

APRIL 29 – JULY 16, 2017


In Summer 2017, the WYHIWYG exhibition series is being devoted to the possibilities of production and reception of sound. In line with its acronym and motto, »What You Hear Is What You Get«, WYHIWYG presents acoustic forms of expression with studio quality. »

APRIL 29 - JULY 16, 2017

ZAO/standard- architecture

The Bielefelder Kunstverein stages its exhibition series on architecture every two years. With ZAO/standardarchitecture, we are featuring an important  representative of the Chinese architectural scene this year.  ZAO/standardarchitecture boasts a wide spectrum of realised projects, like the Novartis Campus building in Shanghai, the remodelling of the narrow Hutong tenements in Beijing and tourist buildings in Tibet and has develop into a critical protagonist among the new generation of Chinese architects, as well as into one of its most innovative. »

February 11 - April 17, 2017

Adriano Amaral

The human body as a closed and simultaneously permeable entity determines the artistic practice of Adriano Amaral, as does his perception of architectural space and the utility of everyday things. The solo exhibition at the Bielefelder Kunstverein is the first institutional solo exhibition by the Brazilian artist. »

NOVEMBER 12, 2016 – JANUARY 22, 2017


Die thematische Ausstellung stellt künstlerische Initiativen und Konzepte zur Diskussion, die das Potential von Kunst als widerständigen Erfahrungsraum zum Ausdruck bringen und den komplexen Fragestellungen von Flucht, Migration und Integration eine Plattform bieten. »

AUGUST 27 – OKTOBER 30, 2016

Editions 2016/2017

Once again, the Bielefelder Kunstverein is making exclusive editions available to its members. The choice of one-off pieces and limited editions by artists who were part of the exhibitions programme can be ordered soon. »

NOVEMBER 12, 2016 – JANUARY 22, 2017

Benoît Maire

Benoît Maire develops his works in the spaces between art, philosophy, display and thought. In his paintings, sculptures, videos and installative arrangements, he seeks an experimental and practical pathway into fundamental theoretical propositions of aesthetics. »

APRIL 23 – JULY 10, 2016

Natalie Häusler

Natalie Häusler’s exhibitions presuppose an almost synesthetic perception. Many of her works are ultimately shaped in relation to architectural space and can be viewed according to expanded notions of painting and poetry. »

APRIL 23 – JULY 10, 2016

Rosalie Schweiker

For her first solo exhibition in an institution, Rosalie Schweiker will convert the upper floor of the Bielefelder Kunstverein into a temporary, non-commercial but functional showroom for bras from size DD upwards. »

January 30 - April 10, 2016

Cécile B. Evans

Evans’ first solo exhibition in a German institution furnishes a comprehensive survey of the current work of the Belgian-American artist. »

January 30 - April 10, 2016


The group exhibition, »Transparencies« is concerned with the cultural facets and atmospheres of (non-)transparency. It has gathered together international artists, who are engaging with this current paradigm of transparency and the ambivalence of the concept on a range of levels. »

November 7, 2015 - January 17, 2016

Eugen Gomringer &

On the occasion of Eugen Gomringer’s 90th birthday, against the background of his life’s work and considering the current interest in concrete poetry shown by contemporary art the Bielefelder Kunstverein presents an extended exhibition in collaboration with contemporary artists as well as poets. »

August 29 - Oktober 25, 2015

Artists Commissioning Contemporary Architecture

The international architecture exhibition at the Bielefelder Kunstverein is being devoted to a particular topic: artists commissioning contemporary architecture. It uses a selection of building projects as examples to illuminate the current interactions between architecture and art today. The works presented go into evidence pertaining to buildings organised in an essentially functional manner and also to experimental ones. »

April 25 - July 12, 2015

Christian Falsnaes

For his first solo exhibition in a German institution Falsnaes conceives an interactive spatial installation, which shifts the performative potential of looking at art into the spotlight »

January 31 - April 12, 2014

Cally Spooner

The point of departure for the solo exhibition is Spooner's current film, »Off Camera Dialogue«, co-produced with the Kunstverein Langenhagen. In Bielefeld the artist is developing a new spatial script with expanded content and new works. »

January 31 - April 12, 2015

Katrin Kamrau Jeronimo Voss

GWK Art Prize 2014

In 2014, the Bielefelder Kunstverein is, for the first time, exhibiting the winner of the GWK Art Prize. Under the title, »metro / -skopien«, Katrin Kamrau and Jeronimo Voss have set up their current works and new productions in direct dialogue with each other. »

November 30, 2014 - January 25, 2015


In the 1950s, Sennestadt was an ambitious urban planning project and attracted worldwide attention. During summer 2014 »Vor Ort« will present new commissioned works by international artists in the public space of the Sennestadt district. »

May 25 - October 19, 2014

Bielefeld Contemporary

In the context of the city’s anniversary 800 years of Bielefeld this exhibition is focusing on distinguished private collections by presenting significant works of contemporary art in cabinet-like displays. »

September 14 - November 16, 2014

Michael Beutler

Haus Beutler

The Kunstverein is devoting a comprehensive survey exhibition to the work of Michael Beutler, who has become internationally known for his expansive bricolage installations. »

May 10 - July 27, 2014

Katarina Zdjelar

Katarina Zdjelar’s artistic practice consists of videos, sound works, books as well as curated exhibitions. Her works involve embodied responses to historical and geo-political constraints placed on individual or collective desires. »

February 08 - April 27, 2014

Luise Schröder

In her photographic works, videos and publications, Luise Schröder takes up the intrumentalisation of the past for the politics of the present as well as the continuation of historical myths and their meaning for identities and communities. »

February 08 - April 27, 2014

Museum Off Museum

Part Two

After contributions to the exhibition by Kader Attia, Camille Henrot as well as Slavs and Tatars (First part, September 07 – November 03 , 2013) the second part further investigates the interest among artists in the »museum« as a concept for reflection – this time the exhibition includes artistic perspectives of Özlem Altin, Isabelle Cornaro, Jeremy Deller & Bruce Lacey and Simon Fujiwara. »

November 09, 2013 - January 26, 2014

Museum Off Museum

Part One

The two-part exhibition »Museum Off Museum is dealing with current interest among artists in the »museum« as a concept for reflection and space of opportunity within changing global circumstances. »

September 07 - November 03, 2013

The new restraint

The conditions for producing it have changed fundamentally in times of diminishing resources and crisis situations. Against this background, the exhibition, is presenting trend-setting initiatives, which see a social and cultural commitment in building work. Forms of architecture are being shown, which employ simple means to react creatively to the shift outlined above. »

May 04 - July 21, 2013

Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc

Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc is both artist and curator. In his works, he researches the history of colonial development and its effects on cultural identities and global relations. »

February 09 - April 28, 2013

Maryam Jafri

Maryam Jafri works primarily with the media of video, photography, text and performance. She takes a research- based approach to her work, and that frequently results in extensive video and photo installations. »

February 09 - April 28, 2013

Bertille Bak

Subjektive Projektionen

Bertille Bak wurde mit ihrer Videoarbeit »Urban Chronicle« von Thomas Thiel eingeladen. »

February 09 - April 28, 2013


The thematic group exhibition follows an approach from the study of imagery and enquires into this development’s current effects on art’s worlds of imagery. »

November 10, 2012 – January 27, 2013

Sean Edwards

Subjective Projections

Sean Edwards was invited with his video work »Clothes« by Ben Borthwick (Independent curator director of Artes Mundi, Cardiff / Wales). »

December 14, 2012 - January 27, 2013

Vermeir & Heiremans

Subjective Projections

Vermeir & Heiremans were invited by Nav Haq (Curator at M HKA, Museum for contemporary art Antwerp/Belgium) with their video work »The good life (A guided tour)«. »

November 10 - December 13, 2012

Gilda Mantilla & Raimond Chaves

Subjective Projections

Gilda Mantilla and Raimond Chaves were invited by Tatiana Cuevas (Independent curator, Mexico City) with their video work »Un afán incómodo (An uncomfortable eagerness)«. »

September 28 - November 04, 2012

Jessica Warboys

Specific landscapes and nature itself usually form the starting point for the artistic works of Jessica Warboys. Also highly significant for her are biographical background material and a concern with Western society’s collective memory. »

August 25 – November 04, 2012

Thomas Kratz

Thomas Kratz thinks of himself as a painter first and foremost. His work develops out of fundamental themes from the histories of art and of contemporary affairs and out of the conditions governing colour, form and material and it denotes the conscious juxtaposition of artistic concepts. »

August 25 – November 04, 2012

Divya Mehra

Subjective Projections

Divya Mehra was invited by Anthony Kiendl (Art director, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg / Canada) with her video work »Prelude to collapsing Op. 28 No. 4 / him and I in the middle of the afternoon / passing out for chopin / fainting by the park and learning to breathe again«. »

August 25 - September 27, 2012

David Adamo

David Adamo has developed his own independent stance as a sculptor outside of formalism over the last few years. The artist has become known with extensive installations made of industrially produced wooden objects. »

May 12 – July 15, 2012

Jenni Tischer

Jenni Tischer creates sculptural installations, watercolours and videos from fundamental design principles. »

May 12 – July 15, 2012

Maha Maamoun

Subjective Projections

Maha Maamoun was invited by Stefanie Schulte Strathaus (Kuratorin, Arsenal - Institut für Film und Videokunst, Berlin) with her video work »2026« (2010). »

June 15 – July 15, 2012

Elizabeth Price

Subjective Projections

Elizabeth Price was invited by Andrew Bonacina (Curator, International Project Space, Birmingham) with her video work »Choir (Parts I and II)« (2011). »

May 12 – June 14, 2012


Subjective Projections

B&H (Loretta Fahrenholz, Ilya Lipkin, Patrick Price) were invited by Kathrin Meyer (Curator, Kestnergesellschaft Hannover) with their video work »Careless Talk Lives Costly« (2011). »

March 09 – April 29, 2012

Anna Franceschini

Subjective Projections

Anna Franceschini was invited by Alessandro Rabottini (Curator at Large, GAMeC Bergamo) with her video work »Nothing is more mysterious. A fact that is well explained« (2010). »

05.Februar – 08. März 2012

Carl Strüwe in the Context of Contemporary Photography

with Liz Deschenes, Jan Paul Evers and Jochen Lempert

Bielefelder Kunstverein and Kunsthalle Bielefeld in cooperation with the Carl Strüwe Archive Bielefeld dedicate a retrospective to Carl Strüwe (1898–1988) who counts as one of the pioneers of artistic micro photography. »

February 05 – April 29, 2012

Lina Selander

Subjective Projections

Lina Selander was invited by Felix Vogel (Independent Curator, Berlin) with her video work »Anteroom of the Real« (2010/2011). »

January 06 – February 05, 2012

Luke Fowler & Toshiya Tsunoda

The exhibition »imprint/field/surface« presents film- and soundinstallations by Luke Fowler and Toshiya Tsunoda. »

November 19, 2011 – January 29, 2012

Children's Films


With films by Ulla von Brandenburg, Keren Cytter, Geoffrey Farmer, Julia Feyrer und Harrell Fletcher »

November 19, 2011 – January 29, 2012

James Richards

Subjective Projections

James Richards was invited by Dan Kidner (Director, Picture This, Bristol) with his video work »The Misty Suite« (2009). »

November 18 – December 18, 2011

Donna Kukama

Subjective Projections

Donna Kukama was invited by Gabi Ngcobo (Independent Curator, Johannesburg) with her video work »The Swing« (2009). »

Oktober 14 – November 17, 2011

Beyond Gestaltung

The exhibition at Bielefelder Kunstverein shifts works by designers and artists, all created out of the tension between art and design, into the centre of attention. »

September 10 – November 06, 2011

Tintin Wulia

Subjective Projections

Tintin Wulia was invited by Katerina Valdivia Bruch (Independent Curator, Berlin) with her video work »Everything´s OK« (2003). »

September 09 – October 13, 2011

Kevin Schmidt

Subjective Projections

Kevin Schmidt was invited by Nigel Prince (Executive Director, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver) with his video work »A Sign in the Northwest Passage« (2011). »

June 24 – July 24 2011

bevk perović arhitekti/OFIS Arhitekti

With bevk perović arhitekti und and OFIS Arhitekti, Bielefelder Kunstverein is showing two celebrated representatives of the current Slovenian architectural scene in our biannual exhibithions series »Baukunst«. »

May 14 – July 25 2011

Laure Prouvost

Subjective Projections

Laure Prouvost was invited by Dr. Inke Arns (artistic director, Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund) with her video work »Monolog« (2009). »

May 13 – June 23, 2011

Sangdon Kim

Subjective Projections

Sangdon Kim was invited by Heejin Kim (Director, Art Space Pool, Seoul) with his video work »The Monument« (2009). »

April 08 – May 12, 2011

Kiran Subbaiah

Subjective Projections

Kiran Subbaiah was invited by Shilpa Gupta (artist, Mumbai) with his video works »Hello I am...« (1999) and »Now I see it« (1999). »

March 11 – April 07, 2011

Lili Reynaud-Dewar

Over the last few years, Lili Reynaud-Dewar (*1975, lives and works in Paris) has been developing a complex oeuvre, which revolves consistently around the concept of cultural identity. »

February 12 – May 01, 2011

Thomas Julier

Thomas Julier (*1983, lives and works in Zurich and Brig, CH) works predominantly with photography, video and sculpture as mediums. What is possible using digital cameras, image and graphics programmes, as well as computer-aided production, is what determines his pictures, objects and spatial installations. »

February 12 – May 01, 2011

Tamar Guimarães

Subjective Projections

Tamar Guimarães was invited from Jacob Fabricius (Director, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden) for her video work »Tropical blow up« (2009). »

February 11 – March 10, 2011

Alexandre Estrela

Subjective Projections

Alexandre Estrela was invited by Natxo Checa (Curator for Visual Arts and Deputy Director of ZDB, Lissabon) for his video work »O Cobra Verde« (2009) »

December 10, 2010 – January 30, 2011

From A to B, from B to P

What does it mean when whole exhibitions go on tour? How far do the history of the locations, the context, the size and nature of the spaces determine the concepts and their presentation? How far are pictures, artistic statements and curatorial concepts understood across cultural boundaries? »

November 13, 2010 – January 30, 2011

Mounira al Solh

Subjective Projections

Mounira al Solh was invited by Dr. Matthias Mühling (Head of Department Collections / Exhibitions / Research, Staedtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich) to show her video »Rawane's Song« (2006). »

November 13 – December 09, 2010

Desire Machine Collective

Subjective Projections

Desire Machine Collective was invited by Sandhini Poddar (Assistant Curator of Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York)with their digital video work «25–75» (2007). »

October 29 – November 11, 2010

Gabriel Kuri

For the occasion of his first institutional exhibition in Germany, Gabriel Kuri (*1970 in Mexico City) has created four new groups of works, which provide an insight into different artistic aspects of his work. »

September 04 – November 01, 2010

Dirk Fleischmann

Three geographical places form the basis of Dirk Fleischmann’s (*1974 in Schweinfurt) first institutional solo exhibition: Limuranin, Kaesong and Rosario. »

September 04 – November 01, 2010

Aurélien Froment

Subjective Projections

Aurélien Froment was invited by Pascale Cassagnau (art critic, author and curator, Centre National des Arts Plastiques) with his video work »Pulmo Marina«. »

September 03 – October 07, 2010

Fayçal Baghriche

Subjective Projections

Fayçal Baghriche was invited by Yann Chevallier (curator, Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers) to show his video work »Point, ligne, particules«. »

July 02 – July 29, 2010

Ezgi Kılınçaslan

Subjektive Projektionen

Ezgi Kılınçaslan was invited by Florian Wüst (artist and film curator, Berlin) with her video work »Berlun« (2008). »

June 04 – July 01, 2010

Benedikt Hipp

Benedikt Hipp is showing new figurative paintings together with abstracts and works on paper as well for the first time exhibiting space-consuming sculptures and large-format tableau paintings at Bielefelder Kunstverein. »

May 08 – July 18, 2010

Maria Loboda

Maria Loboda’s solo exhibition has as its centre the portrait of a room styled by wall-ornaments and obscure objects alongside architectural alterations. Loboda also takes up the regional significance of textile-production in Bielefeld. »

May 08 – July 18, 2010

Thomson & Craighead

Subjective Projections

Thomson & Craighead were invited by Sabine Himmelsbach (Director, Edith Russ Site for Media Art, Oldenburg) to show their video work »Flat Earth«. »

May 07 – June 03, 2010

Marcellvs L.

Subjective Projections

Marcellvs L. was invited by Jochen Volz (Artistic director, INHOTIM, Belo Horizonte/ Brasil) to show his video work »1716«. »

April 02 – April 29, 2010

Masha Godovannaya

Subjective Projections

Masha Godovannaya was invited by Georg Elben (Independent curator, Videonale Bonn) to show her video work »Untitled #1«. »

March 05 – April 01, 2010

In the event of suspicion

The group exhibition understands suspicion as a medium for both artists and visitors to question aesthetic, political, social, and media-related issues. »

FEBRUARY 06 – APRIL 25, 2010

Anna McCarthy

Subjective Projections

Anna McCarthy was invited by Heike Ander (Curator of Exhibitions and Cooperations, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne) to show her video work »Bored Rebel«. »

February 05 – March 04, 2010

Iman Issa

Subjective Projections

Iman Issa was invited by Mai Abu ElDahab (Director, Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp) to show her video work »Proposal for an Iraq War Memorial« (2007). »

January 07 – January 24, 2010

Hu Xiangqian

Subjective Projections

Hu Xiangqian was invited by Hu Fang (Creative Director and co-founder of Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou, China) to show his video work »Two Men« (2008). »

December 03 – December 20, 2009

More than a T-Shirt

The group exhibition »More than a T-Shirt« centres around the T-shirt as an artistic medium. »

November 14, 2009 – January 24, 2010

Marina Gioti

Subjective Projections

Marina Gioti was invited by Katerina Gregos (curator and critic, Brussels) to show her video work »B-ALLES« (2005). »

November 14 – December 02, 2009

Ryan Trecartin

Subjective Projections

Ryan Trecartin was invited by Marc Gloede (curator, critic and film historian, Berlin) with his video work »(Tommy Chat Just E-Mailed Me.)« (2006). »

October 15 – November 04, 2009

Adam Shecter

Subjective Projections

Adam Shecter was invited by Sarah Cook (curator and researcher of media art, CRUMB / University of Sunderland) with his video work »BCAST« (2009). »

September 23 – October 13, 2009

Latifa Echakhch

The works by French-Moroccan artist Latifa Echakhch are forever revolving around questions of cultural identity and how it is depicted. »

September 05 – October 25, 2009

Flo Maak

The Frankfurt based artist, Flo Maak investigates in his photographs, photo-collages, objects, and his video and sound works the conditions of situation, image and exhibition. »

September 05 – October 25, 2009

Shana Moulton

Subjective Projections

Shana Moulton was invited by Raphael Gygax (curator, migros museum für gegenwartskunst, Zurich) with her video work »Sand Saga« (2008). »

September 05 – September 22, 2009

Ricardo Iazetta & Estúdio Bijari

Subjective Projections

Ricardo Iazzetta & Estúdio Bijari were invited by Solange Farkas (director and curator: Associação Cultural Videobrasil; Museu de arte Moderne da Bahia) for their video work »Várzea« (2006). »

June 17 – July 07, 2009

Micro House

In the series »architecture« the Bielefelder Kunstverein is this year taking up the phenomenon of the »micro house«. »

May 30 – July 26, 2009

Takeshi Murata

Subjective Projections

Takeshi Murata was invited by Rudolf Frieling (curator of media arts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) for his video work »Monster Video« (2005). »

May 29 – June 16, 2009

Ben Rivers

Subjective Projections

Ben Rivers was invited by Alice Koegel (curator, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart) for his video work »The Coming Race« (2006). »

April 29 – May 19, 2009

Alejandro Cesarco

Subjective Projections

Alejandro Cesarco was invited was invited by Ellen Blumenstein (freelance curator, Berlin) for his video work »Scrabble« (2001). »

April 08 – April 28, 2009

Das Bielefelder Gefühl

The group exhibition, »The Bielefeld Feeling« follows a number of themes and has, in the jubilee year of the Bielefelder Kunstverein (80 years), the premise of »

March 21 – May 17, 2009

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