In the coming year, the Lehmbruck Museum will be presenting a comprehensive show of Stephan Balkenhol’s work, developed in close collaboration with the artist himself. Beginning with his early works from the mid-1980s, the exhibition spans his oeuvre right up until our present day and includes several works created especially for Duisburg. Numerous drawings and plaster models provide further insights into Stephan Balkenhol’s creative process and his artistic world of ideas.
Stephan Balkenhol, Mann mit weißem Hemd und schwarzer Hose, 2020, 200 x 40 x 29 cm. Photo: Wilfried Petzi
With its multitude of startling new artistic styles, Modernism has remained a source of inspiration for successive generations of later artists. It paved the way for the liberation of perspective, proportion, and colour from formal verisimilitude. This living legacy is vividly reflected in the new display of modern art from our own collection, now presented in relation to 80 contemporary works from the Goetz Collection. The joint display leads to a broadening of artistic media, away from the traditional collection core of paintings to include photography, sculpture, and textile art including Thomas Zipp and Rodney Graham.
Installation view at the exhibition AU RENDEZ VOUZ DES AMIS | Modernism in Dialogue with Contemporary Art from the Sammlung Goetz at Pinakothek der Moderne. Thomas Zipp, Heppenheim, 1963, Achtung! Vision: England attacked by the Subreals, 2004. 33 parts: print on hardboards, oil, acrylic on canvas.
Slawomir Elsner's (b. 1976) graphic engagement with two central paintings by artists of the Blue Rider circle is closely bound up with his own creative inquiry into why some works of art seem to be more important, more famous and widely known, than others.Who writes the histories of art; what is included in them and what is deliberately or inadvertently relegated to some other domain; who is the "star" of a collection, exhibition, or installation; and are these questions about works of art and their categorization in fact still relevant? Text: Lenbachhaus, curated by Anna Straetmans
David Claerbout, born in 1969 in Kortrĳk (Belgium), has distinguished himself in recent years with video works that are as spectacular as they are multi-layered, evidenced by solo exhibitions in institutions around the world, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2007 and the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich in 2010. Equally numerous are his participation in shows, such as the 2nd Berlin Biennial in 2001 and the Taipei Biennial in 2004. Claerbout’s multimedia oeuvre – located, so to speak, between the media – aims at a fundamental reflection on visual genres. In his concentrated output, time becomes the decisive dimension of perception. The artist plays ingeniously with the forms of temporality in images, their possible elongations and condensations between moment and duration.
The comprehensive exhibition of works by Thomas Ruff (b. 1958, lives in Düsseldorf) at K20 focuses on photographic series from the past twenty years, for which the artist, one of the most important protagonists of contemporary photography, hardly ever picked up a camera himself. For his often large-format images, he instead used found photographs from a wide variety of sources.
This is the first major solo exhibition in Switzerland of the artist Thu Van Tran, who comes from Vietnam and lives in Paris. She is known for her precise yet extremely poetic works that interweave questions of postcolonialism with those surrounding our ability to remember the histories of countries, materials, rituals, heritages, and so on. Van Tran’s work is inspired by literature, history, architecture, and nature, as well as how these fields explore concepts of contamination, identity, and language. Text: Kunsthaus Baselland
Thu Van Tran, Novel Without a Title #7, 2020, bronze, 77 x 10 x 4,5 cm. Photo: Wilfried Petzi.
Our congratulations to Viola Relle & Raphael Weilguni who won the Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis 2020. The promotional art award of the state of bavaria is awarded annually in the four categories "Fine Arts", "Performing Arts", "Music and Dance" and "Literature". The prizes are awarded by the Bavarian State Minister for Science and Art on the recommendation of expert juries.
Viola Relle & Raphael Weilguni, Selber (fracking), 2018, ceramic glazed, 45 x 45 x 78 cm.