The presence of Pictures - German Painting: Highlights from Six Decades
02.11 - 16.12.2012
Place: National Centre for Contemporary Arts, exhibition hall
Katharina Grosse. Untitled, 2001. Acrylic on canvas, 216 x 381 cm
Exhibition of German Art from the 1960s to the Present
Kunstmuseum Bonn Works from the Collection and Works on Permanent Loan
Under the auspices of the year of Germany in Russia 2012/2013
Press conference: November 1, 17:30
Excursion with curator Christoph Schreier: November 2, 18:00
Organizers: National Center for Contemporary Art (NCCA), Kunstmuseum Bonn, Goethe-Institut Moscow, New Art Foundation
With the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
Idea and coordination: Wolf Iro, Elizaveta Velichko
Presented artists: Monika Baer, Georg Baselitz, Willi Baumeister, Andreas Gursky, Katharina Grosse, Walter Dahn, Thomas Demand, Werner Gilles, Imi Knoebel, Heinz Mack, Wilhelm Mundt, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Blinky Palermo, Otto Piene, Sigmar Polke, Georg Karl Pfahler, Thomas Rentmeister, Gerhard Richter, Ulrich Ruckriem, Gerhard Hoehme, Dirk Skreber, Emil Schumacher, Gunther Uecker
Bonn, former capital of the Federal Republic of Germany, is one of the oldest European cities, spanning two thousand years in history. In the downtown area one can find the well-known Museum Mile – a neighborhood with the city’s most famous museums, including one of the largest contemporary art museums in Germany, Kunstmuseum Bonn, founded in 1947. The museum is proud of its impressive collection of German expressionism and post-war art, holding more than seven and a half thousand pieces.
Many artists that are known to all art lovers in today’s Germany have yet to gain popularity in Russia. Moreover, painting as a genre itself had come under attack during the 20th and 21st centuries by those who claimed it was anachronism, not compatible with contemporary worldview. However, despite the emergence of new technologies and audio-visual art forms, painting still remains one of the basic ways of the artistic interpretation of reality.
For the first time in Moscow Kunstmuseum Bonn presents works from the best German art collections. The audience will have a chance to become familiar with the postwar German painting through the works by the most prominent artists working in that genre. This exhibition displays not only different generation artists but also various painting techniques. In particular, there are works by such masters as Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, and Georg Baselitz as well as names not so well-known in Russia, who, nevertheless, hold an exceptional place in German art history – Imi Knoebel or Joseph Beuys’s late student, Blinky Palermo. The historical part of the exhibition is complemented by the works by new generation artists that started actively working in 1990s-2000s.